Jones now youngest champion

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 10, 2000

&uot;It’s nice being the youngest champion ever,&uot; said Lee Jones.

Despite shooting an 81 on Thursday, Jones defeated Danny Barlow by 13 strokes to win the Open Division of the 2000 Natchez Junior Golf Championship at the Duncan Park Golf Course.

At 13 years old, Jones becomes the youngest Natchez Junior Golf Champion ever.

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Jones finished with a two-day total of 158, and Barlow,who had an 85 on Thursday, had a score of 171.

Despite the win, Jones said he did not play one of his best rounds.

&uot;I missed every putt. I couldn’t make a putt from 50 feet in. I couldn’t get up and down if my life depended on it. Nothing went really good.&uot;

Barlow also said he felt he could have played better today.

&uot;I had some bad holes,&uot; he said. &uot; I wasn’t driving as good today as I was yesterday. I missed some short putts.&uot;

Jon-Davis King won the Boys 12-14 Division after shooting a final-round 50 for a two-day total of 93.

&uot;It feels good,&uot; King said about winning his age division. &uot;I could have done better than I did today. I think I could’ve hit the ball better.&uot;

Jake Williams came in second with a two-day total of 104 after shooting a final-round score of 54 and Jamie Morris finished third with a 117 after firing a final-round 55.

The biggest improvement in the 12-14 age group was by Taylor Fleming, who had a 53 on Thursday after shooting an 80 on Wednesday.

&uot;I hit the ball better today,&uot; Fleming said. &uot;I was nervous the first day. I played a lot looser today.&uot;

Jake Kaiser won the Boys 11-and-under Division with a two-day score of 66 after firing a final-round 34.

&uot;I hit and putted the ball well off the tees and fairways. Today I just hit the ball well,&uot; Kaiser said. &uot;I had two bad holes. Overall I did as good as I could.&uot;

Geoffrey Martin finished in second place with a two-day total of 107 after shooting a final-round 47, and Dane Garner had a 52 for a two-day score of 123 and finished in third place.