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Lecroy finishes second

Donoho ninth-grader shoots final-round 77, finishes tied for second in 14-15 division

Jacob Lecroy (R) and 14-15 division winner Andrew Graves display their awards from the State Junior Championship.

Jacob Lecroy (R) and 14-15 division winner Andrew Graves display their awards from the State Junior Championship.

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

MOBILE — Jacob Lecroy shot a final-round 77 and won a scorecard playoff to finish second in his age division at the 70th Boys State Junior that wrapped up Thursday.

Lecroy finished regulation at 3-over-par 219 and tied with Connor Newton of Auburn. But the Donoho ninth-grader collected the second-place trophy by virtue of parring the 18th hole.

Andrew Graves of Mobile shot a final-round 71 on his home course and won the event with an even-par 216. Lecroy went into the final round with a one-shot lead.

“I gave it away; that’s the bottom line,” Lecroy said. “I had two doubles and couldn’t make a putt for a birdie. Take away the doubles (and) I beat him by one. As it was I would’ve had to go birdie, birdie, birdie on the last three.”

The first double came on his first hole when he putted four times from the fringe. The second came on No. 11 when he flew the green with a 98-yard shot he caught too cleanly.

He bounced back, though, with the second of his three birdies.

White Plains’ Trevor Lane shot a final-round 78 and finished tied for 34th in the 16-18 division.

William Buhl of Fairhope won the 16-18 division with an 8-under-par 206. He won by four shots over Todd DeZoort of Tuscaloosa and Alex Green of Point Clear.

Buhl, the Class 3A state champion the last two years from Bayside Academy, was tied with DeZoort with three holes to play. The big break came when Buhl birdied 16 and double bogey.



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