Golfer excels despite driver fail

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A broken driver the week before a tournament didn't become a hazard for golfer Logan Young.

Instead, the Concordia University Texas sophomore played with the driver he used while competing for Normangee High School and finished third in the team's second spring tournament.

Young shot a 144 (72-72) to place second among the Tornados in the Linda Lowery Invitational, which the team won a third consecutive year.

"I was extremely happy," the 6-foot-1 Young said about excelling without his usual driver. "There were two shots the entire tournament that it cost me."

He's not long off the tee as it is, but he hit the fairways to keep him in good position. "I have to make up with a little bit of accuracy," he said.

His short game helped his finish, too. "My putting was really, really good," he said. "I made a lot of saves."

Young has devoted extra time to his putting to help him better handle the greens on college courses. He played so long on the Hilltop Lakes course, where he said, "The greens are really slow.

"My stroke was meant for slow greens," he said. "I had to change my stroke so that it's good for all greens."

He mainly worked on his rhythm. "It's really a lot of feel," he said. "Getting your tempo down so it's a consistent tempo."

More men's golf

Another golfer from Normangee High, James Guy Gierisch of Jacksonville College, shot an 84 at the Tyler Junior College event.

Baseball

Cisco College pitcher Christian Springfield allowed one hit and one earned run in two-thirds of an inning during a win over Western Texas. The Normangee resident, who pitched in relief, struck out two.

Men's rodeo

Madisonville High graduate James Arnold placed fourth in the team roping heeler at the Texas A & M University-Kingsville rodeo. He competes for Sam Houston State University.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com.

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