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Golf: Jones finishes in style – Senior wins fourth league title

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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Making Par

MAKING PAR – Decatur’s Drew Jones reacts to putt falling on the back nine Tuesday. Jones won his fourth straight district title. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

After near-perfect approach shots on No. 16 and 17 Tuesday, the greens failed to reward Drew Jones with his first birdie on the back nine.

On the par-5 18th, the course gave Jones a gift when his approach shot hit a tree and settled 6 inches off the green. He two-putted from there to close his 4-under 68.

“I was shocked I hit it 225 with hybrid into the wind,” Jones said. “I killed it. Luckily, it hit the tree, or it wouldn’t have been as close.”

Jones’ bogey-free round of 68 at The Resort followed his even-par 72 Monday at Runaway Bay. His 140 over the two rounds of the 8-4A tournament was 17 strokes ahead of teammate Bryce Elder and gave him his fourth straight individual district medal.

“It’s exciting to have that label. Not many people win district four times in a row,” Jones said.

As a team, Decatur fired a two-round total of 640 and won the team title by 65 strokes over Bridgeport. Both will advance to the 4A Region I tournament April 11-12 at Shadow Hills Golf Club in Lubbock.

Jones entered Tuesday with an eight-shot lead on teammate Cade Lamirand. He started the front nine with three birdies in the first eight holes – the 5th, 6th and 8th.

Jones then made par on the next nine holes. With a brilliant approach shot on the difficult 16th, he put the ball within 12 feet from 165 out. His putt just missed rolling in for the birdie.

Another solid approach from 125 yards on 17 landed within 10 feet.

“I couldn’t buy a putt [on the back nine]. I just kept grinding,” Jones said.

Immediately after walking off course, Jones started looking ahead to his next goals – repeating as regional champ and bringing home a state crown.

“I want to win region and state by a lot of strokes,” Jones said.

After shooting an opening round 83, Elder fired a 2-over 74 to take second with a 157. He was one stroke better than Lamirand.

“I started bogey, par, bogey then it came around. I made a birdie here and there,” Elder said.

Elder birdied the 8th and 13th.

“Today was big. Monday was rough on all of us,” Elder said. “We’re coming around and getting the idea that we can make a run at Austin.”

Lamirand finished with a 78 in the second round.

Hayden Bennett shot 95 and 90. Mason Hudson finished with a 97 and 101.

Bridgeport’s Ty Reed shot rounds of 81 and 83 for fourth place with a 164.

“It was a lot better than it has been,” Reed said. “The greens weren’t rolling great.

“I love playing Shadow Hills. It should be fun.”

Cole Barton fired rounds of 87 and 85. Blake Boyd shot 92 and 91. Brazier Talley hit 89 and 97. Alex Winter carded 106 and 112.

BOYS TEAM

1. Decatur 1 … 330 … 310 … 640
2. Bridgeport … 349 … 356 … 705
3. Decatur 2 … 385 … 407 … 792

INDIVIDUALS

1. Drew Jones, Decatur … 72 … 68 … 140
2. Bryce Elder, Decatur … 83 … 74 … 157
3. Cade Lamirand, Decatur … 80 … 78 … 158
4. Ty Reed, Bridgeport … 81 … 83 … 164
5. Cole Barton, Bridgeport … 87 … 85 … 172

DECATUR 1

Hayden Bennett … 95 … 90 … 185
Mason Hudson … 97 … 101 … 198

BRIDGEPORT

Blake Boyd … 92 … 91 … 183
Brazier Talley … 89 … 97 … 186
Alex Winter … 106 … 112 … 218

DECATUR 2

Jackson Bearden … 86 … 99 … 185
Isaac Ille … 95 … 101 … 196
Holden Walker … 99 … 102 … 201
Tyler Chapman … 105 … 105 … 210

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