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Youth golf players are champions in Natchez, win trophies

NATCHEZ — Gracie Bloom and Sims Dixon won the Girls and Boys Overall divisions at the 10th annual Norman Puckett Junior Championship on June 14 at Duncan Park Golf Course.

Bloom of Pass Christian shot 75 strokes in the first round on June 13. She was 4-over par and three strokes ahead of Kayla Starr of Natchez, who was in second place, going into the final round.

“This was my first time playing in the championships,” Bloom said. “It was an amazing championship and the course was in great shape.”

Bloom said she heard about the Norman Puckett Junior Championship from an email she received while playing in another golf tournament in Greenville.

Over the two days of play, Bloom made seven birdies and she made par on 22 of 36 holes played.

Meanwhile, Dixon of Madison won the Boys Overall division. Dixon said he has played in the Norman Puckett Junior Championship before.

In 2019, Dixon finished tied for third place. In 2018, he tied for 13th place.

“It was awesome winning the championship,” Dixon said. “I was trying to play my own game the entire round. I was watching the body language of the people in front of me but I was mostly worried about my game. I knew I was going to probably win it once I tapped in on the last hole.”

Dixon was 1-under par and had a three-stroke lead over Landon Germany of Brandon going into the final round of play on June 14.

As a whole, Dixon made six birdies, one eagle and 21 holes for par in 36-holes played over the two-day championship.

In total, 50 youth golfers played in the Norman Puckett Junior Championship. Three of the 50 youth golfers were from the Miss-Lou.

Starr played in the Girls Overall division. She finished third, made three birdies with 20 holes for par out of 36 holes played.

Jacob Otwell of Natchez and Quade Rushing of Monterey played in the Boys Overall division. Otwell finished in 26th place and made par on nine holes. Meanwhile, Rushing finished in 20th place and made four birdies out of 36 holes.