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Bussey wins again

[corner-ad id=1]Rising White Plains senior wins for third straight week on Future Champions Junior Golf Tour

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

BREMEN, Ga. – Layton Bussey has been working on his game a lot this summer. The process hasn’t always been pretty, but you certainly can’t argue with the results.

Bussey won for the third week in a row on his high school coach’s Future Champions Junior Golf Tour Monday, winning in a playoff at The Lion Golf Club.

The rising White Plains senior and Trevor Lane both shot 77 in regulation, but Bussey beat his Wildcats’ teammate with an eagle on the first playoff hole. Lane made a birdie on the hole.

“I’m working on some stuff right now in my swing to try to gain some consistency, so honestly these past three weeks I haven’t hit the ball real well, but I’ve putted and chipped really well and just scored,” Bussey said. “As far as the results are going, yeah, it’s been a good summer, but for my standards there are a lot of things I need to fix to be able to play like I want to be playing.

“But I definitely can say I’m headed in the right direction.”

After finishing his round with a double bogey and a par, Bussey wasn’t completely sure he was in a playoff with Lane until tour officials assured him. He already had packed up his gear, changed his shoes and was about to head home when officials summoned him to the No. 9 tee.

Lane eagled the par-5 on his first hole of the day, so he appeared to have the advantage going to the extra hole. But Bussey, who has always been long off the tee, bombed a drive down the left side of the fairway, leaving 135 yards to the hole.

Feeling jittery and hungry, he flew a pitching wedge over the flag and spun it back to 12 feet. Lane had an eagle putt that stopped about four inches short and he tapped in for birdie. Bussey then knocked down his winner.

Wesley Jenkins won the boys second flight (55) by two shots over Kenny Okins.

Calhoun County girls champion Layne Dyar shot 82 and won the girls first flight. Ally Ledbetter (56) won the girls second flight by two shots over Katelyn Barnett and Isabel Rogers (47) won the girls third flight.

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