Give me five! Bearcats win fifth straight golf championship

Baldwyn's Jacob Dixon, who shot a two-day total of 143, fires an approach shot on the first hole. (Shelby Daniel)

Baldwyn’s Jacob Dixon, who shot a two-day total of 143, fires an approach shot on the first hole. (Shelby Daniel)

By Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

SALTILLO – Baldwyn senior Clayton Gray isn’t a man of many words, but he and his two fellow Bearcat seniors are men of many rings.

Five, to be exact. Baldwyn ran away with a fifth straight MHSAA Class 2A state golf championship Thursday at Natchez Trace Golf Course, 619-677 over Union.

“It’s kind of been a habit,” Gray said. “It’s good to get the last one, since I’m a senior.”

Gray (81-80–161) and senior Tucker Jenkins (77-76–153) each took a stroke off of Wednesday’s round.

Senior Jacob Dixon added a stroke, but that meant par after Wednesday’s 1-under 71 and a 143 total. Cason Collins (83-79–162) improved by four strokes. Baldwyn’s fifth man was young Garrett Gray (83-94–177).

Baldwyn coach Michael Gray has not only led his team to five straight titles, he’s been able to celebrate all five with Clayton, his son, this one with seventh-grade son Garrett.

“It’s pretty special, especially my seniors,” Michael Gray said. “They started playing in the seventh grade and we finished second. Been a lot of fun, too.”

Baldwyn's Tucker Jenkins shot a two-day total of 153. (Shelby Daniel)

Baldwyn’s Tucker Jenkins shot a two-day total of 153. (Shelby Daniel)

Dixon finished a stroke away from medalist honors. He led until Union sophomore Andy Ogletree (72-70–142), a Georgia Tech commit, went 2-under for the day.

“I played pretty solid,” Ogletree said. “I got off to a good start. I was 4-under through eight and just kind of kept it going. I hit two bogeys coming down the stretch, but all-in-all pretty good.”

It was the third straight medalist honor for Ogletree.

Baldwyn, which won its third title on home course, had a 29-stroke lead after 18 holes.

“I thought if they played well, everything would take care of itself,” Michael Gray said. “Out on the course it didn’t look as good as we actually finished. We actually shot five strokes better than we did yesterday.”

Bruce individual Cameron Clarke finished at 83-74–157. Calhoun City placed third in the four-team field, led by Noah Hill (83-80–163).

brandon.speck@journalinc.com