By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
MADISON – Wilson Reeder is good friends with
Zack Pritchett and Jacob Ross, so playing against them today with a golf championship on the line will be quite special.
Tupelo’s Reeder, Ripley’s Pritchett and Brookhaven’s Ross head into the final round of the MJGA Boys Junior Amateur tournament tied for the lead at 3-under-par 141.
“I’ve got to stay focused,” said Reeder, who shot a 1-under 71 in Tuesday’s second round. “I’ve got to play the course and not play them.
“You don’t want to get too caught up in the moment.”
Ross shot a 3-under 69 and Pritchett a 1-under 71 in the second round.
“I feel pretty good about tomorrow,” said Pritchett, a junior at Marshall Academy, who finished fourth overall at the private school state tournament. “I’ve got to go out and hit fairways and greens. I think I’ve improved a lot this summer.”
Three players – Tupelo’s Noah West, Columbus’ Chase Taylor and Southaven’s Chad Cupples – are three shots back at even-par 144.
West, Reeder’s Tupelo High School teammate and the state’s Class 6A medalist this season, hopes his putter returns for the final round. He recorded an even-par 72 after making the turn 1-under.
“I missed six or seven putts from 8 feet in,” he said. “There was no excuse to miss that many. I couldn’t make anything.
“It was one of those days when I couldn’t get anything to fall.”
Another group of three is tied at 1-over for the tournament – Saltillo’s Corbin May, Olive Branch’s Davis Connor and Ocean Springs’ Zachary Myers.
Three Northeast Mississippi players – Fulton’s Taylor Boggs, Vardaman’s T.J. Morgan and Calhoun City’s Noah Hill are tied at 2-over.
Rienzi’s Collin Burns and Ripley’s Reed Lindsey are tied with Poplarville’s Hayes Weathersby, a Tupelo native, at 3-over.
Tupelo’s Blake Harris is one shot back at 4-over.