By Donica Phifer
New Albany Gazette
HOLLY SPRINGS – It was an unexpectedly successful day for Denver Russell, the lone Pontotoc golfer to qualify for the state tournament and the individual winner at the Class 4A boys tournament.
“It hasn’t settled in yet, I thought after the first day that I might could do it but I didn’t expect for it to actually happen,” Russell said.
Russell shot a 79 on the first day of competition – six strokes off the lead heading into Thursday’s second round.
On a day when the scoring soared for most in the field, Russell finished with the second day’s best round. His 79-74–153 gave him a two-stroke win over first-day leader Holt Garrett (73-82–155) of New Albany.
The defending medalist, North Pike’s Jonathan Newman (74-83–157), finished third.
Garrett could have tied Russell with a birdie on No. 18.
“I didn’t really know that I was tied with Holt until I was finished, I was just playing and trying to have fun,” Russell said.
Amory’s Will Thompson (87-80–167) finished in a tie for 10th.