Bearcats breeze to fourth straight 2A championship

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – It never seems to be the same guy for the Baldwyn golf team. The Bearcats continued to show their depth on Thursday, winning a fourth consecutive MHSAA Class 2A golf championship.
“That is our team. I don’t know if one guy has been our best scorer every day. It’s always been somebody different. We’ve got five guys who can shoot a good score every day,” Baldwyn coach Michael Gray said. “For a 2A school, that’s pretty salty.”
Jacob Dixon shot back-to-back 3-over-par 75s to lead Baldwyn to a 30-stroke win in the nine-team field at the Mississippi State Golf Course.
Dixon was also the tournament’s third medalist, behind Union’s Andy Ogletree and Hatley’s J.R. Wright.
Baldwyn’s Clayton Gray shot a 79 Thursday for a two-day 158. Will Moore shot an 81 (158), Tucker Jenkins a 78 (160) and the youngest member, sophomore Cason Collins back-to-back 77s.
fan support
Baldwyn had a putting green full of supporters snapping photos with the championship trophy. Gray said that support is an all-year thing. It is the third different course the Bearcats have won a title on, two home at Natchez Trace and one in Collins at Okatoma.
Moore is the only graduate of the five. Gray’s son Garrett may become the newest member for a try at five in a row.
“Hopefully we’ve got another opportunity next year, but savor this one because it’s pretty sweet to win four in a row,” Michael Gray said. “It’s still as sweet.”
Bruce finished second with a two-day 644. W.D. Newlin shot a two-day 155 for the Trojans. Calhoun City finished fifth behind a 3-under-69 from Noah Hill Thursday, who made up 14 strokes from his Wednesday total.
“I hit the ball good, left a few out there, but all-in all played solid. I’m proud of the boys,” Dixon said. “They backed me up, proud of Cason. He played a really good two days, glad we got another one to add to the books.”
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