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Ace in the hole

June 13, 2011

Wilkes Bryan admits he was pretty nervous about playing in last week’s Mississippi State Amateur golf championship at Old Waverly.

“The last time I played was 17 years ago when my friend Clay Homan won it,” Bryan said. That was Homan’s first championship.

Bryan shot a +32 in the championships and finished 59 in the 62 man field but it was his performance on Friday that turned heads.

After shooting an 84 on the first day, Bryan was sitting at +13 after the first nine holes with just one birdie and a pair of bogeys.

“It was 100 percent nerves,” he said. “I couldn’t get the ball in the hole. My goal was to make the cut this year.”

“I played like I didn’t have anything to lose,” he said. “Just carefree.

Two holes later, his 9-iron shot on hole 12 from 173-yards out took one bounce before falling in the cup. It helped him make the cut. He finished with a 73.

Rewind 16 years and Bryan can recall his first ever hole-in-one Labor Day weekend with his father on the same hole. He shot an 8-iron.

Bryan shot a 79 on Saturday but followed up with an 84 on Sunday.

“It wore me out,” he said.

He said he enjoyed meeting players from all over Mississippi and has the greatest respect for the players that qualified for the tournament, let alone making the cut.

Bryan plans on playing in the Mid-Amateur Championship in late July.

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