The 1st Alabama Boys State 13 & Under Junior Champion, Tyler Watts
SCOTTSBORO, AL (July 22, 2020) – Round two results of the 75th Alabama Boys State Junior Championship and final results of the 1st Alabama Boys State 13 & Under Junior Championship of the Alabama Golf Association hosted by Goose Pond Colony Resort in Scottsboro, AL on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
Round 2 Information
Tyler Watts, a 12-year-old native of Huntsville electrified the field firing an 11-under 61 with a two-day total of 133(-11). Watts claimed the title of 1st Alabama Boys State 13 & Under Junior Championship while simultaneously setting a new tournament tee record. Watts commented on setting the new tournament record, saying he is honored and “at a loss for words.”
“The hole looked pretty big today,” Watts said. “Everything that missed yesterday went in today, so I just played really well. All the putts fell, so that’s what counts right? I think my eagle putt on No. 15 was a momentum changer, and that’s what made me start to realize that I could go low.”
Round two co-leaders of the 75th Alabama Boys State Junior Championship are future Auburn golfer Max Johnson of Fairhope and Kenneth Okins of Anniston. Johnson carded a three-under 69 today with a two-day total of 135 (-9). Okins carded a four-under 68 with a two-day total of 135 (-9). Johnson and Okins stand tied heading into the final round tomorrow.
“This is my last junior tournament that I’ll ever get to play in,” Johnson said. “It's very motivating to try to come out and win this.”
Okins commented on his successful round two.
“On the back nine I started to play really well,” Okins said. “I hit everything within about five-feet for four birdies, so it was pretty good.”
Graham Patton brought his A-game to the field today and won the 8-11 Age Division, shooting a two-under 34 with a two-day total of 71(-1).
“It felt pretty good shooting two-under, but it was a beautiful day and that was probably the best part,” Patton said. Patton shared that his favorite shot of the day was a four-foot putt on 17.
The field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. The cut will be at two-over.
The 75th Alabama Boys State Junior Championship will conclude Thursday, July 23, 2020.
About the Alabama Golf Association (AGA)
The Alabama Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1915 whose mission is to serve and promote amateur golf in Alabama. AGA membership consists of over 115 member clubs represented by nearly 19,000 individuals. The activities and services of the Alabama Golf Association are governed by a Board of Directors consisting of Alabama golfers who wish to serve the game and the association through service.
AGA is the USGA's liaison for golf in Alabama conducting national championship qualifying, administering the USGA Handicap system including the GHIN Handicap service, course & slope rating and education. The AGA annually conducts 23 championships and team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. The AGA also conducts Alabama high school golf championships and assists with many collegiate events including the SEC Men's Golf Championship. In addition to competitions, the AGA administers the AGA Women's Scholarship Fund that is dedicated to assisting young female golfers in higher education and supports the Alabama Turfgrass Research Foundation.
Since 1980, the AGA has managed the affairs of the Southern Golf Association which includes conducting the Southern Amateur Championship and Southern Junior Championship, in conjunction with the Board of Directors of the Southern Golf Association.
For more information about the Alabama Golf Association, visit www.alabamagolf.org.