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Moore, Overstreet Repeat as T-O Junior Champs!

Moore Dominates Field for Repeat Win

In the end, the leaderboard at the 2014 Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament looked a lot like 2013's edition.

The same names were on the top, but the stories were fairly different in how they got there.

After entering the final round last year in a tight race, with five players within 6 shots of her lead, Sarah Moore entered Thursday with no opponents within that range. And she did nothing to let anyone get a sniff of competing.

She followed up a 1-over 37 on the back nine, where the girls began their rounds, with a dominant 5-under 31 on the front nine, on her way to the round of the tournament, a 4-under 68 that helped her beat the field by 15 shots!

"I told myself I was going to shoot in the 60s today," Moore said after her round. "And that came true, so that's good. After the first day, my goal was to not let anyone's score beat mine, since I already had the lead.

One key on Thursday was her approach shots, which she felt hadn't been her strongest suit in the week thus far.

"My approach shots definitely came in today. The first three days, I wasn't hitting as great, but definitely everything kinda came around today."

Moore put a 181-yard third shot within two feet of the pin on the par-5 seventh hole, and followed that up with a 147-footer she knocked within a foot on #9 to put an exclamation point on her tournament, which she finished at two over par overall.

Moore is eligible to return for another T-O next year as she is only 17 years old, and she said she will be back to try for the '3-peat.'

Carolina Rotzinger of Puebla, Mexico shot an even-par 72 to finish in second place.

Breanna Smith of Petrolia finished in 10th place after a round of 80.

Overstreet Surrenders Lead, Comes Back for Title

In 2013, Mason Overstreet held a 5-stroke lead entering Thursday, and cruised to a 9-shot win.

In 2014, the Laverne, Oklahoma native held a 4-stroke lead entering Thursday, and had almost given it all back by the fourth tee.

After a nearly-disastrous start where he went double bogey-bogey-bogey on the first three holes, Overstreet settled down to shoot even-par the rest of the way for a 76, that was enough for a 2-shot win.

But it wasn't quite that simple. Overstreet surrendered the lead with a bogey on #10 and still trailed after Nick Pierce birdied on #16, but the tournament turned on the second-to-last hole.

Pierce put his approach shot on the par-4 in what is left of the water on that hole, and needed two shots to get out, leading to a double-bogey. Overstreet parred the hole to regain his one-shot lead heading to the 18th, and added a birdie there for good measure, taking a 2-shot lead over a quartet of players in second place.

"I felt really bad for Nick after he hit it in the water there," Overstreet said later. "I really felt like he was going to win, but then after that I just wanted to hit it on the green and two-putt par and go to eighteen with a one-stroke lead. And I ended up making a birdie, so it was a pretty good finish."

Pierce was joined as runner-up by Zach James of Whitesboro, Drew Jones of Decatur and John-Crawford Counts of Oklahoma City.

Overstreet also has a year of eligibility remaining on the junior level, and said he also plans to return.

"This is a big tournament," he said. "And to come back and win it again this year is a big deal. I'll be back here next year to try and make it three in a row."

Midwestern State signee William Mullins, who lives in Burleson but attends Mansfield Legacy High School, shot a 1-over 73 Thursday to finish in a tie for 14th place.

Wichita Falls High School's Jason Fitzgerald shot 76 to finish in a tie for 24th, but Olney's Tanner Thompson capped a tough week with an 82, finishing in a tie for 40th.

To find the complete scores from the 2014 Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament, click here.
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