Tull rallies to win 3A

TULL

TULL

By John L. Pitts

Daily Journal

Alcorn Central senior Alex Tull slept well after winning the MHSAA Class 3A golf championship on Thursday in Gulfport.

“I probably slept six hours in the two previous days,” he said Friday. “I was just so eager to get out there and play. Last night, I slept like a baby.”

Tull held the first-day lead after a tourney-best round of 74, but trailed Booneville’s Tate Dickerson after nine holes on Thursday.

“I got a little discouraged, but after 11 holes I found my game again,” Tull said.

He took control of the second round with a birdie on No. 16 for a three-stroke lead. Tull finished at 74-76–150, with Dickerson (76-78–154) second.

Tull is a veteran of state championship play, making four trips with Corinth’s golf team starting as a seventh-grader in 2009. The Warriors won two titles and were runners-up twice.

“I wasn’t nervous this week, I was just filled with anticipation,” he said. “I had been hitting the ball really well.”

But this was his first time to set foot on the Windance Country Club course.

“I play Shiloh Ridge and it’s really open and you can cut loose with the driver,” he said. “This course was tight, and you had to place the ball in the fairway. I only hit driver maybe three times, but I hit a bunch of greens.”

Tull has signed to play next season at Northeast Mississippi CC.

john.pitts@journalinc.com