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PJC golf team wins Tyler Junior College Invitational

Published or Revised October 28, 2014

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Above, PJC golfers Cameron Holzshu (left) and Tyler Dunbar (right) display their individual awards from the Tyler Junior College Invitational. Below, the PJC golf team celebrates their first tournament win this fall. From left: Oliver Stephens, Collin Thompson, Grayson Benavides, Jordan Brown, Holzshu, Dunbar and PJC golf coach David Johnson.

The PJC Dragons golf team had a great win on October 21, 2014 at Tyler Junior College’s Invitational at Eagles Bluff Golf Club in Bullard. The Dragons won by 13 shots over host TJC with rounds of 311 and 289.

Sophomore Tyler Dunbar, of Lufkin, led the Dragons with rounds of 77 and a two under 69 in the final round. Dunbar finished in third place as an individual and was named to the All Tournament team. Freshman Cameron Holzshu of Montgomery was also named to the All Tournament team in sixth place with scores of 77 and 73.

Other PJC scores included freshmen Jordan Brown of Mansfield, 81-74, and Grayson Benavides of Ft. Worth, 76-78. Sophomores Collin Thompson of Longview had 73-73 and Oliver Stephens of Sarnia in Ontario, Canada had 84-74.

“I was excited to see us play well as a whole in the second round,” said PJC golf coach David Johnson. “Golf is a very individualistic sport and it’s hard getting everyone to play well at the same time. We all clicked together in the second round. I believe we finally realized that our biggest opponents on the course are ourselves.

“If we focus on staying positive and upbeat when we hit a bad shot, which is going to happen, just move on to the next challenge. Then at the end of the day, both your scores and attitude will improve greatly. I think we understand that we aren’t competing with other people at a tournament; we are competing with ourselves and the golf course. To shoot 289 as a team at the Bluffs is a really good score. That is by far the best team score we’ve had there in nine years. I hope we take what we learned about ourselves this week and use it again in Waco next week.”

Paris Individuals:
T 3rd: Tyler Dunbar: 77-69, 146
6th: Cameron Holzshu: 77-73, 150
T 7th: Grayson Benavides: 76-78, 154
T 11th: Jordan Brown: 81-74, 155
T 13th: Collin Thompson: 83-73, 156
T 16th: Oliver Stephens: 83-74, 157

Team Scores:
1. Paris Junior College: 311-289, 600
2. Tyler Junior College: 314-298, 613
3. New Mexico Junior College: 307-309, 616
4. Ranger College: 324-310, 634
5. Jacksonville College: 316-322, 638
6. Seminole State College: 322-319, 641
7. LeTourneau University: 336-335, 671

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