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TJGA at River Creek Park, July 24

Munday's Ryder Dillard shot an 71 to win Tuesday's Texoma Junior Golf Association event at River Creek Park Golf Club in Burkburnett.

Starting on the 5th and ending on the 4th, Dillard had two birdies and two bogeys in his first nine holes, then one of each on his back nine to finish at even-par on the 6,309-yard course.

His final birdie came on the par-4 18th, after he bombed his drive about 370 yards, leaving just about 60 yards to the green. He put his second shot within five feet and sank the putt.

It was the fourth win of the season on the TJGA tour for Dillard, who shot a 66 in a May event on the same course.

"Things have been going pretty good," Dillard said about his summer.

"They stalled out there in the middle, around the T.O. [Junior], and then they picked back up. I took about a week-long break and then got back on it. Things have been picking up again, and I've been playing pretty good."

Dillard played with Holliday's R.J. Trainham and Brady Rodriguez, while Graham's Brody O'Dell joined the group late in the round after his playing partners withdrew mid-round.

Trainham finished with a 7-over 78, while O'Dell finished 75, with two double-bogeys hurting his final score.

O'Dell holed out a nice chip for eagle on the par-4 third when his ball struck the pin and dropped.

Rodriguez had the scramble of the day, finding his ball up against a tree, leaving the lefty unable to play the shot normally. He turned his club around and swung righty, for what he said was only the second time in his life.

"I swung and missed the first time I tried it," he said later.

The shot would ricochet off a tree and wind up right in the middle of the fairway. From there his approach landed on the edge of the green, and he two-putted a par.

"I didn't know what to do, so I just hit it," Rodriguez said. "I just trusted it."

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