Baldwyn got off to a solid start in Monday’s first round of the MHSAA Class 2A golf tournament. But the Bearcats know the home team, Mize, will have them in their sights today.
All five Baldwyn golfers broke 80 in the first round at Okatoma Golf Club in Collins. The combined score of the top four Bearcats, 304, is eight strokes better than Mize.
Last year, Baldwyn smoked Mize by an eventual 62 strokes for the state title in a tourney played at Natchez Trace.
“We’ve got to go out and play again like we did in the first round,” said Baldwyn coach Michael Gray. “We need to go out there and play like we’re behind. This is Mize’s home course and it’s a tough place to play.”
Baldwyn’s Tucker Jenkins shares the first-round lead at 73 with Union’s Andy Ogletree. Close behind are Mize’s Patrick Dickson (74), Baldwyn’s Jordan Wilson (75) and two-time defending 2A champion T.J. Morgan (76) of Bruce.
Bruce (318) is in third place.
Other state golf updates from Tuesday:
– Class 4A: Kosciusko (324) leads defending champion Itawamba AHS (329) after the first round at Cleveland Country Club. New Albany (337) is in fourth place.
Itawamba’s Ally McDonald shares the first-round lead with Kosciusko’s Holden Singletary at 72. Pontotoc’s Clif Hanna is a stroke back.
– Class 1A: St. Aloysius won the championship at Beau Pre in Natchez, led by medalist Nick Mekus (78-74-152). West Union’s Austin Bynum shot a 82 and finished fourth at 159.
– Class 5A: New Hope shot a 320 at the Laurel Country Club to lead after the first day. Oxford shot a 355 and was tied for sixth.
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