Thursday, August 19, 2010
Bynum wins jr. tour crown
By GENE PHELPS
Austin Bynum strolled up the 16th fairway August 2 with a beach towel draped over his head and shoulders.
The West Union golfer was trying his best to beat the heat...along with Pontotoc rival Clif Hanna.
Bynum overcame what he termed an “awful” round to defeat the charging Hanna by three strokes to win the age 16-18 division of the North Mississippi Coca-Cola Junior Tour Championship at the Tupelo Country Club.
“I did awful; I was hitting it everywhere,” said Bynum, who led Hanna by eight shots following the opening round. “I couldn’t make any putts.”
Bynum recorded a 10-over-par 82 after shooting an even-par 72 in the first round.
Hanna, who finished the final round with a 5-over-par 77, said the eight-shot lead was too tough to overcome.
“I didn’t hit the ball well on the first nine and my putts didn’t seem to fall,” Hanna said. “Mainly, I just wanted to play well, maybe go under.”
Hanna’s play, however, challenged the struggling Union County golfer.
“Clif had me worried, especially as badly as I was playing,” Bynum said.
The senior at West Union High School is the son of Dennis and Lisa Bynum.
He is the grandson of Kay Brownlee of Potts Camp, who works in the Marshall County administrator’s office.
“I’m as proud as punch,” the happy grandmother said. “He’s a good boy.”
(Editor’s Note: The majority of this article was published in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and reprinted in The South Reporter by request.)
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