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May 8, 2013

PREP STATE GOLF: Three from area finish in top five

Wesley Jackson knew even a run like he had to finish Monday’s 36 holes at the Class 4A golf championship at Lake Hefner Golf Course in Oklahoma City wasn’t going to make up the gap Tuesday.

Having shot 1-under through 15, the Fort Gibson junior found out Weatherford’s Quade Cummins was in the clubhouse at 5-under for the day. That combined with the one-shot deficit he had going into the day all but had him resigned with a runner-up spot he ended with, five shots off the lead.

Even with a three-birdie run like he had in Monday’s second round, the tournament’s lowest at 66 following a 70 in his first round. He finished Tuesday with a 70 and a 10-under 206 total.  The 5-under Cummins shot was his third consecutive of the tournament.

“I really can’t complain considering it was the best golf I’ve had,” he said. “I played with (Cummins) on Monday and had no idea what he had until I had three holes to play.

“Overall I thought I swung good. I played like I did at the regional. I made some putts I needed to make for par but I missed some birdie opportunities I needed.”

His third round on Tuesday began with a double bogey which would ultimately be the hole he didn’t need to be in. He had three birdies to reach the turn at 1-under.

“I spent the first nine trying to get those back,” he said. “After that I had two good looks at birdies but didn’t make those. Other than that I really never gave myself good chances at anything but par. But I still feel good about the week. Second is nice. I give the glory for that to the man upstairs.”

Meanwhile, Hilldale’s Chandler Puckett finished fifth and nine strokes back with a 210. He shot a 3-under 69 on Tuesday after shooing 72 and 69 in the first two rounds.

Puckett, like Jackson a junior, along with the sophomore Cummins will return. For Puckett, there’s less climbing to do after he improved from his 17th-place finish at state a year ago.

“I’ll work on a better short game, my putting and chipping, shots just around the green,” Puckett said. “I hit the ball really well and obviously made some birdies, but not as many as I needed to.

Ada won the team title with a 868. Fort Gibson (915) finished eighth and Hilldale (936) placed 11th in the 12-team field.

The other Fort Gibson scores include Dalton Rhoden, who shot 83 on Tuesday for a 235, Collin Abdallah 75, 236, Rayne Cox 78, 239 and Jake Gandara  82, 253.

The other Hilldale scores include Brent LaCrone (77, 234, Eli Lawley (76, 235, Tanner Ingle (89, 257) and Chandler Cotner (91, 267).

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