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BA Cougars march to AA State golf crown

FLOWOOD — Four-time runner-up Brookhaven Academy buried itsfrustration Tuesday in the MAIS Class AA State Golf Tournament.After a storm-delayed start, the BA Cougars marched to thechampionship at The Refuge, shooting a 329 and winning by 12strokes.

“I’m happy we finally got the monkey off our back,” said BA golfcoach Barry Gray. “We finally caught Leake in the All-Sports race.We should pass them today in the state tennis tournament.”

The BA boys tennis team is seeking an unprecedented sixth straightstate championship.

BA sophomore Jacob Ross earned his second straight statechampionship medalist honor with a 1-under par 71. Teammates JakeShelby shot 82, Jennings Mills 84, Mark Rushing 92, Brock Smith 95and Trent May 96 on an unseasonably cold, wet day.

“I think the weather conditions kind of helped us,” said CoachGray. “It separated the best teams from the rest of thefield.”

The Cougars posted a team score of 329. Central Hinds was runner-upwith a 341. Lamar School shot 348, River Oaks 342 and Leake 353.Silliman was sixth with 357.

Last year the Cougars lost a 1-hole state title playoff decision toLamar at Northwood Country Club in Meridian.

Ross recorded 2 bogeys, 1 birdie and an eagle on the par-5, 15thhole. He used a huge drive and a pitching wedge of 140 yards toreach the green in two.

Tristan Hernandez of Leake shot 74 for runner-up medalisthonors.