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PJC golf coach David Johnson stands behind members of the PJC golf team that won first place in Monday’s PJC Fall Invitational at the ,143-yard Paris Golf and Country Club. From left are Ben Welker, Justin Ary, Trumann Nugent, Zac Oliver, and Evan Feltham. (PJC Photo)
Fresh off a first-place finish in its first competition of the fall, the Paris Junior College golf team is preparing for its second tournament – Oct. 1-2 in the Southeast Oklahoma Invitational at the Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club adjacent to Lake Texoma State Park 15 miles west of Durant, Okla.
Zac Oliver, a sophomore from Checotah, Okla., followed an opening round 71 with a 4-under-par 66 over the last 18 holes to finish as the low individual in Monday’s PJC Fall Invitational Tournament at the 6,143-yard Paris Golf and Country Club.
Under a scoring system that counted the four best scores from a five-member team, the PJC gold squad shot rounds of 285 and 278 on Monday to finish two strokes ahead of the University of Texas-Tyler junior varsity.
Over the first 18 holes of Monday’s tournament, Trumann Nugent (Texarkana) and Evan Feltham (Victoria, Canada) each shot 70 for the Dragons, followed by Oliver at 71, Justin Ary (Quinton, Okla.) at 74 and Ben Welker (Carrollton) at 80.
Over the second 18, behind Oliver’s 66 were Welker at 70, Nugent at 71, Ary at 71 and Feltham at 74.
The PJC green team – made up of Paul Simpson (Scotland) (74-72—146), Blake Lindsey (Decatur) (75-73—148), Robert Raborn (Sallisaw, Okla.) (76-78—154), Tregg Buchanan (Antlers, Okla.) (83-73—156) and Jeremy Salas (Arlington) (80-83—163) — finished eighth. Zac McEwin (Paris), the 11th member of the PJC golf team, also played, shooting a 78-77—155.
“I thought we competed well,” PJC golf coach David Johnson said.
“We played solid through the whole day and didn’t hit too many highs and lows. That’s important when you play 36 holes in one day, being consistent. I am very proud of our team for their win,” he said.
The field also included Tyler Junior College, McLennan College, Seminole College, Jacksonville College, and junior varsities from Cameron University, Southeast Oklahoma State and Texas AM-Commerce.
There also was a women’s tournament, with teams from Tyler Junior College, Seminole College, Murray State, Jacksonville College and UT-Tyler. PJC does not have a women’s golf team.
The tournament on the banks of Lake Texoma in early October will be the first of three tournaments for PJC’s golf team that month. The Dragons will also compete in the Tyler JC Fall Invitational alongside Lake Palestine on Oct. 22-23, and at the McLennan Coca-Cola Classic on Oct. 28-30 at Waco.