OXFORD • Nettleton’s Sarah Raper won her third-straight Coca-Cola Junior Golf Tour event on Monday.
The rising junior has won all three tournaments she has played this summer, including this week at the Ole Miss Golf Course. She won the Girls 13-18 age group with a score of 83, six strokes better than the second-place finisher.
She won both of the first two weeks with a score of 77 but couldn’t find her shot on the front nine Monday.
“I struggled on the first nine that I played, but I came back on the second nine and made up for how I did on the front,” Raper said. “I needed to do something to fix it. I birdied one hole, and then I just started parring after that.”
Raper finished the Nettleton golf season earlier this spring by placing first or second in the majority of her tournaments, then helped the Tigers secure a second-place finish in the MHSAA Class II state championship.
That momentum has carried over into this summer, where Raper has won each Coke Tour match by eight strokes, five strokes, and now six strokes.
“I’ve just been practicing everyday,” Raper said. “Everyday, me and my teammate are always at the course. We just practice all the time.”
In the Boys 16-18 group, Water Valley rising senior Taylor Dean secured the lowest score of the day with a 1-over 73. He beat out Booneville’s Austin Lauderdale by two strokes and Tupelo Christian’s Jackson Mills by four strokes.
Dean’s day picked up when he made the turn onto the front nine. He had a good drive, and that carried throughout the rest of the day.
“My wedges worked well today,” Dean said. “I was not getting the green in regulation, but I was saving it with my chip shots getting up and down. That really helped a lot.”
In Boys 12-13, Bryce Cooper (89) upended Bruce McClung with a tiebreaker this week to win his first tournament of the summer. McClung had won the two previous weeks.
Jackson Knight won his second straight tournament in the Boys 11-12 by shooting a 41.
Zachary Overton grabbed the Boys 14-15 division with a 78, one stroke better than Harlan Yerger.
In the Powerade division, Cameron Knight (36) won by five strokes.