Dixon hungry for another title

Jacob Dixon shot a 71 to help Baldwyn take a 29-stroke lead over Union heading into the final 18 holes. (Shelby Daniel)

Jacob Dixon shot a 71 to help Baldwyn take a 29-stroke lead over Union heading into the final 18 holes. (Shelby Daniel)

By Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

SALTILLO – Jacob Dixon was undeterred by his growling stomach. Baldwyn seems undeterred in its quest for a fifth straight Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A state golf championship.

Dixon, a senior, shot a day-one low 71 at his Natchez Trace home course as his Bearcats take a 29-stroke lead over Union, 312- 341, into today’s final 18 holes.

“I thought as long as we hung around 310, we’d be in good shape,” Baldwyn coach Michael Gray said. “We’ve been pretty consistent around there all year, so that’s what we were expecting. If we play like we normally play (today), I think everything will be fine.”

The field is scheduled for a 9 a.m. tee.

Dixon engulfed three hamburgers to get him through the round, a round he could have just as easily seen dip into the 60s, if not for five bogeys.

“My putting was up and down,” Dixon said. “But I made some long putts. I think that’s what really helped me out.”

Seniors Clayton Gray and Tucker Jenkins shot 81 and 77 and Cason Collins and Garrett Gray each shot 83.

Calhoun City is in third place of the four teams with a 376 total. Noah Hill’s 83 leads the Wildcats.

Dixon made long putts off the green on No. 2 and No. 3, but bogeyed Nos. 1, 5, 8, 15 and 17.

Maybe too much meat. But Michael Gray says Dixon may be the most consistent of the three seniors.

Rumor was that Dixon consumed six hamburgers.

“He probably did. He’s like a tapeworm, “Michael Gray said. “He played well today. He couldn’t get it in. He was 3-under standing on 15 tee box. Overall he played well.”

Baldwyn is still hungry, but Union has last year’s medalist, sophomore and Georgia Tech commit Andy Ogletree. Wednesday, he shot a 72.

brandon.speck@journalinc.com