Vernon in contention for first junior golf tour win

KPY7_djournal_stock_sports_golf_jisi_shaneBy GENE PHELPS
Daily Journal

OXFORD – Konrad Vernon hasn’t won an event on the North Mississippi Coca-Cola Junior Golf Tour this summer, but that could change today.

Vernon heads into today’s final round of the Tour championship at the Ole Miss Golf Club one shot behind the leader, Baldwyn’s Jacob Dixon, in the boys age 16-18 division.

“I think I’ve come in second three times,” Vernon said. “I like my chances, but the course is playing tough. The greens are fast.”

Vernon, from Columbus, shot a 6-over-par 78 and trails Dixon, who carded a 77.

Dixon, who played on Baldwyn’s state championship team this spring, said “stupid mistakes” cost him some strokes in Tuesday’s first round.

“I couldn’t keep the ball in play off the tee,” he said. “I did well chipping and putting, I couldn’t keep the ball in the fairway.”

Dixon, who won the final Tour stop at Old Waverly on July 16, recorded two birdies in his round. One came on a 15-foot putt on the par 3 No. 16.

Vernon helped his cause with a 20-footer for par on No. 4.

In the boys 14-15 division, Vardaman’s Brandon Walker and Pontotoc’s Denver Russell are tied at 80.

Walker shot himself into contention with a 2-under-par 34 on the final nine holes, the course’s front side.

“I can go lower,” Walker said. “I couldn’t get going early.”

Booneville’s Tate Dickerson had the best round. He recorded a 3-over 75 to lead the boys 12-13 division by four strokes over Wilson Baker and Moak Griffin.

In the boys 10-11 division, West Point’s Chen Trolio is the leader with a 41 over nine holes.

In the girls division, Kossuth’s Alyssa Trulove leads by two strokes headed into today’s final round.

The Coca-Cola Tour Championship features the top eight players in the points standings of each age division.