Burleson resident holds one-shot lead at Fort Worth Junior Boys Championship

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Andrew Hudson has been stewing on a seventh-place finish at the Fort Worth Junior Boys Championships for a year.

Having felt like he had the game to join friend and LSU golfer Andrew Presley as a champion of the event, Hudson finally dropped some putts in carding a first-round 70 at Rockwood Golf Course.

His even-par round leads the 77-year-old event by a shot over six players who fired 1-over 71s. Hudson also leads a group of 59 other players who qualify for second-round action at the Ridglea Family Course on Tuesday.

“I didn’t really strike the ball as well I did last year, but I didn’t give up any shots on the greens,” Hudson said. “This has been a really important tournament for me because I want to win this event and have my name on the trophy like Andrew has. I feel like I really left a lot out here last year.”

Play at Ridglea will be cut further Tuesday to the top 30 players, which will comprise the championship flight.

Round three will be at Shady Oaks on Wednesday and the final round will be Thursday at Colonial Country Club.

Hudson, though, stayed patient in the first round, grinding through a format change that started him on the 17th hole Monday morning.

Birdies at the par-5 18th and first holes helped jump-start his round and give him some early confidence.

“I didn’t drive the ball particularly well and the wind became a factor when I went to the back nine,” Hudson said. “The bogeys at four and five were frustrating, but I kind of coasted in from there.”

A birdie at No. 12 helped offset a third bogey on the day.

Hudson, a Burleson resident and Southwest Christian graduate, will play golf at North Texas in the fall. He said he has worked diligently on his putting to overcome issues in years past.

“As far as the next three days, though, I need to hit the ball more consistently,” he said. “My instructor and I have been working on different things with my putting and I’ve played really well at Ridglea the last three years. I just got to hit greens, though.”

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