OXFORD – Cameron Clarke wanted to finish his final round Wednesday with a birdie.
The Bruce golfer settled for a hard-earned par and a two-stroke victory against his challenger, Vardaman’s Brandon Walker, to win the age division 14-15 title of the North Mississippi Coca-Cola Junior Golf Tour Championship at the Ole Miss Golf Club.
Clarke entered the day a shot behind Walker and Pontotoc’s Denver Russell. He re- corded a 2-over-par 74 on Wednesday to finish with a two-day total of 155. Walker was second at 157 and Russell finished third with a 161.
“I had a 3-foot putt, downhill, for birdie on 18,” Clarke said.
“It went by the hole about five feet. I made it coming back.”
The par putt would be enough to clinch the championship for the Bruce High School golfer, who started Wednesday’s play with a bogey.
“I hit almost every fairway today and hit almost every green and two-putted,” Clarke said.
Konrad Vernon, a rising senior at Columbus, played consistent for two days and recorded a 78-79 – 157 to beat first-round leader Jacob Dixon of Baldwyn by five strokes.
The victory was the first on the Tour this summer for Vernon, who had three second-place finishes.
“It feels good,” he said. “I finally won and it was the last one.”
Grenada’s Hunter Logan won the 12-13 division, West Point’s Cohen Trolio the 10-11, West Point’s Collins Trolio the division for 9-under and Kossuth’s Alyssa Trulove the girls division.
“We had a huge year, all our events were full,” said Tour official Bo Reid. “Getting experience in competitive golf at a young age is valuable.”