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Janneck takes MS/LA title by 1 stroke over Williams

Freddie Janneck replaced one of his contact lenses beforeputting for birdie on the par-3, 205-yard 7th hole Sunday at theBrookhaven Country Club. Janneck’s 25-foot putt found the cup andlifted him to victory in the Mississippi/Louisiana JuniorChampionship, edging runner-up Sonny Williams by one stroke in theage 16-18 division.

Janneck, a senior from Madison St. Joseph High School, had shota tournament-low 64 on Saturday. His 1-over 71 Sunday proved to bejust enough when the BCC’s front 9 served as the final 9 holes inthe 2-day, 36-hole tournament.

Williams, a 2005 Clinton High School graduate, shot 68-68–136,4-under for the tournament. His birdie putt from 10 feet on No. 8from behind the hole lipped out, almost redeeming his double bogeyon the previous hole. Janneck scrambled to make bogey andmaintained a 1-stroke lead.

On the 169-yard, par-3 ninth hole, serving as the final test,Williams left his tee shot over the small lake 50 feet away fromthe flag stick., Janneck landed within 20 feet and 2-putted forpar.

“We had a battle out there,” said Janneck., “Sonny played good.He didn’t make many bogeys.”

Janneck’s 1-stroke victory earned him a $200 scholarship and anew Nike driver. The tournament’s major sponsors were TrustmarkBank and Entergy.

“I knew if I made that putt (on No. 8), I had a good chance.Seeing it lip out hurt even worse,” said Williams. “Freddie is agood player with a lot of talent.”

Williams will play golf on scholarship at Hinds CommunityCollege this year.

“We were tied after 11 holes but I couldn’t make a birdie at theend,” Williams pointed out. “This is a very nice course. The greensroll true.”

Southpaw Adam Doleac of Hattiesburg finished third at 140.Austin Price shot 142 and Brookhaven’s Grant McDonnieal was fifthat 143.

Will Black won the 14-15 division with a 73-72–145. Kevin Bradywon the 12-13 division with a 147.

Jacob Ross of Brookhaven captured the 10-11 crown, playing 9holes each day from the up tees. He shot 39-34–73, overcomingdouble bogeys on Sunday’s first 2 holes before making 4 birdies and2 pars. He finished 8 strokes ahead of runner-up Noah West.

Aubrey Breedlove won the 9-under title with a 78, beatingrunner-up Steve Pannell by 3 strokes.

The girls crown went to Erica Payton of Jackson who shot76-78–154. Mary Kate Byrd was runner-up at 160. Perry KatherineFurr of Wesson was third at 163.

Brookhaven Country Club manager and PGA professional Ronny Rosssaid he was delighted with the first tournament and plans to hostanother one next August. “Everything went wonderfully well. We hada lot of people here and some good golf. The future looksbright.”

Over 100 golfers from Mississippi and Louisiana participated inthe tournament.