Trinity’s Bryant takes first at South State golf tourney

Published 12:03 am Thursday, April 30, 2009

BROOKHAVEN — Jackson Bryant has another medal to stash in his golf bag.

The Trinity senior was the individual medalist at the MPSA Class AA South State Golf Tournament at Brookhaven Country Club on Monday, scoring a 2-over-par 72 and winning a three-way playoff.

Bryant, who won the state tournament last year and came in second overall, will defend his state title at The Dogwoods in Grenada next week.

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Bryant was well ahead of the field early Monday before struggling on the back nine.

“I didn’t have any bogeys up until the No. 9 hole, and I was 3-under on the front nine,” he said. “But on the back nine I started hitting the ball (poorly). I had a triple bogey on No. 14 and a bogey on No. 15, and I went up to 2-over.”

After the fifteenth hole, Bryant parred out to finish the course 2-over-par.

But two other golfers, Keaton Stamps of Prentiss Christian and Jennings Mills of Brookhaven, also scored a 72, sending the tournament into a three-way playoff.

“We played the first hole at No. 1, and I made par,” Bryant said. “One guy (Stamps) made bogey and one (Mills) made par, so the guy that made bogey was out. Then we played No. 2, and I made par, and he made bogey. So I won.”

Bryant has been playing golf since he was 7 years old and works with his dad, Tom Bryant, at Beau Pré Country Club.

He said he hopes to win the state tournament, and his familiarity with the course should help.

Bryant played the overalls at The Dogwoods last year.

“The course has the same feel as Beau Pré so it’s not much different for me to go play there,” he said. “I’ll be disappointed if I don’t win.”