Lambert captures tourney

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 24, 1999

Fourteen-year-old Jake Lambert of Jackson followed up an impressive 68 with a second-round 75 to capture the Gulf States PGA Junior Tour Thanksgiving Classic at Beau Pre Wednesday.

Lambert easily won his 14-15 age division and captured the overall championship by seven strokes over 16-17 division winner Ken Oakley of Lake Charles, La.

&uot;The way Jake was playing yesterday (Tuesday) and today, I was just trying to win my division (16-17),&uot;&160;said Oakley, a junior at Barbe High School.

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Oakley, playing with Lambert and Ryan Moon in the final round, shot a first-rond 71 and finished with a 79.

&uot;I was kind of up and down,&uot; Oakley said. &uot;I had two bad holes, I triple bogeyed one and had a double bogey. When you hit a bad shot, you just have to forget about it and look ahead. But I was satisfied overall.&uot;

Jonathan Burbank of Baton Rouge, La., and Brett Bergeron of Laplace, La., were second and third, respectively, in the 16-17 division with 154s.

Jonathan Halley of Natchez finished 22nd with a 189.

Moon, a Lake Charles native, finished behind Lambert in 14-15 with a 154. Cameron Crow of Houma was next at 157, while Dustin Skinner of Sulphur, La., came in at 160.

In 12-13, Chris Jordan of Baton Rouge put up two rounds of 78 to win at 156.

&uot;It was a little tougher (Wednesday) because of the wind,&uot; Jordan said.

Jordan said he enjoys playing golf because he has to eliminate his own mistakes.

&uot;It’s unlike football in that it’s not the team’s fault,&uot; he said. &uot;You have to make it happen.&uot;

Morgan Landry of Lafayette, La., was second at 157. Landry was 2-under on the back nine.

&uot;I had two or three putts within five feet on the front nine I should have made,&uot; Landry said. &uot;I’m still proud, though.&uot;

Lee Jones of Natchez placed sixth at 181.

Chase Smith of Vicksburg won the 10-11 division with an 81, one stroke ahead of Stephen Smith of Lafayette, La. Jon King of Natchez finished ninth at 113.

In the girls division, Alexis Rather of Tupelo won with a 157. Katie Kane of Baton Rouge fired a 177, while Lacy Panepinto of Gretna, La., came in at 182.