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Jones takes 13th at West Texas; Rottner finishes 19th at tournament

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Playing in sixth round of golf in six days, Drew Jones couldn’t mount the finish he wanted Sunday.

The Decatur junior fired a 79 in the third round of the West Texas Amateur at Wichita Falls Country Club to finish tied for 13th.

“I started the third round OK. On the 10th hole, I had a bad tee shot and followed up with another bad shot. That set the tone,” Jones explained.

Jones finished the tournament with a 6-over par 219. Kingwood’s Wes Artac won the tournament with a 7-under par 206.

“There were a lot of Division I college golfers and a couple of PGA tour players,” Jones said. “I’ll take it.”

Jones entered the West Texas Amateur just off finishing third in the Bob Estes Abilene Junior Thursday. He shot 69 in the first round Friday in Wichita Falls to put himself three shots behind Artac.

Saturday in the second round, Jones shot 71 to remain in contention.

“I hit my driver really well,” Jones said about his first two rounds. “It’s a lot easier to score when you hit it in the fairway.”

In the third round, Jones was 1-over through seven. He then had a double bogey on the par-4 eighth hole. On the back nine, he was 5-over.

“I was worn out after nine holes,” Jones said. “It was my first time playing back to back tournaments. It was a good experience and will help me prepare for the future.”

Jones will be back in action Monday at the AJGA Junior at Southwind in Memphis, Tenn.

At the West Texas Amateur, Decatur 2013 graduate Dylan Rottner shot 224 to finish 19th. Rottner fired rounds of 76, 74 and 74.

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