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PJC golf team earns a second against university competition

Published or Revised October 08, 2015

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PJC golfer Blake Elliott takes a chip shot on the 16th hold in the Texoma championship on Sept. 29 in Kingston, Okla.

The Paris Junior College Dragons golf team competed in the Southeast Oklahoma State University’s Texoma Championship on Sept. 28-29 at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club in Kingston, Oklahoma. The Dragons finished in second place with team scores of 298, 299 and 304 for a 901 total and 10 shots behind host Southeast Oklahoma State University. PJC was the lone junior college in the tournament with NCAA Division II and NAIA schools.

PJC was led by freshman Blake Elliott who continued his good play with a four under par first round of 68, followed up with rounds of 73 and 74 to finish the 54-hole tournament one under par 215 and an individual second place finish.

“Blake had a good battle with Mason Hunter from SOSU during the last round,” said PJC Golf Coach David Johnson. “It went back and forth all day between them. What a great experience for Blake. He was competing with a senior who is 22 years old and has been in that situation many times. Blake went shot for shot with him and ended up one short.”

Sophomore Jordan Brown played well with rounds of 74 79 75 and a tie for 12th place. Other Dragons were Grayson Benavides with rounds of 78 74 79, Holden Hernandez had 78 75 78, and Matt Ramsey had 78 77 77.

“I thought we competed hard the whole tournament,” said Johnson. “Everyone was focused on being positive and on the next shot. Those are the things we have been working on in practice. We made some big numbers on the last day coming down the last four holes that cost us the tournament. Mistakes are going to happen. We just need to turn a double or triple bogey into a bogey here and there and we will be fine. All the guys were upset with the finish. It was and is a great chance for us to learn what we need to do to close out a round in the future.”

The Dragons’ next tournament will be October 11-13 in Tyler at Pine Springs Golf Club.

Team Scores:
Southeastern Oklahoma State University (891) 310 291 290
Paris Junior College (901) 298 299 304
Missouri Southern State University (911) 299 313 299
Rogers State University (913)  303 307 303
Southern Arkansas State University (913) 306 302 305
East Central Oklahoma State University (919) 312 297 310
Northwestern Oklahoma State University (937) 322 307 308

Paris Individuals:
Blake Elliott (2) 68 73 74 215
Jordan Brown (T12) 74 79 75 228
Grayson Benavides (T18) 78 74 79 231
Holden Hernandez (T18) 78 75 78 231
Matt Ramsey (T20) 78 77 77 232

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