By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
SALTILLO – Will Moore is listed on the fourth line of Baldwyn’s scorecard.
He was one stroke away from medalist honors on Wednesday and his Bearcats now have their third straight state golf championship.
Baldwyn won its third straight MHSAA Class 2A state golf championship with a two-day total of 634, 19 strokes ahead of Mize’s 653 in the 36-hole event at Natchez Trace Golf Course.
“I think this one was a little bit tougher,” Baldwyn coach Michael Gray said. “We had two guys who were fresh and new and they stepped up big.”
Moore shot an overall 152, a stroke behind medalist Andy Ogletree of Union, an eighth grader.
Clayton Gray shot a 76 on Wednesday, Jacob Dixon 81, Cason Collins 83 and Tucker Jenkins 93. Gray and Jenkins are typically Baldwyn’s top two shooters and Collins, a freshman in his first season, improved his score by eight strokes from Tuesday’s opening round.
“Cason was huge today and J.D. was big both days,” coach Gray said. “I’m proud of the way they handled the pressure. Will has played really well the last two or three weeks. It was a total team effort.
“Today shows you why you need five golfers to be able to count four. If somebody has an off-day, you’ve got somebody there hopefully to pick them up and that was the case today.”
Dixon, a sophomore also has his first championship medal. Gray and Jenkins are sophomores with three rings and Moore, a junior has his second.
It was Mize’s third time to finish second to the Bearcats, twice here and last season at its home course Okatoma in Collins.
Bruce finished third Wednesday with a 671 total, Calhoun City fourth at 706. Union (714), Loyd Star (726) and Scott Central (833) rounded out the group.
Moore was a tee shot away from the overall award but he bougied his final two holes
“It’s another great feeling,” Moore said. “I think my putting was better today. I didn’t hit two good tee shots on both of them and on 14 I hooked it out of bounds.”
W.D. Newlin shot an 80 for Bruce for a two-day total 162. Calhoun City’s Noah Hill shot an 81 Wednesday for a two-day 163.