Future UNT freshman regains lead at Fort Worth junior golf tournament

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Andrew Hudson found the recipe for success at Shady Oaks Country Club on Wednesday.

His third-round 73 was enough for the soon-to-be North Texas freshman to reclaim the lead at 220 in the Fort Worth Junior Boys Championships.

He leads Jorge Morillo by two shots as the tournament concludes Thursdayat Colonial.

“I played really well, hit eight greens on the front, but was just on the wrong side of the hole,” Hudson said. “I’ve always struggled on the front nine out here and I knew if I was patient and could get through the first five holes, it could be a pretty good day.”

Hudson played conservative, hitting driver only twice on the day, and avoided disaster on the par-3 12th. After driving his tee shot in the left bunker, he blasted out to a few feet and made the putt to save par.

After pars at the 13th and 14th holes, he put his second shot on the par-5 15th in the right green side bunker. Hudson showed some deft touch, knocking his third shot to about 3 feet for birdie.

From there, he put things in cruise control with birdie attempts of 8 feet and 10 feet on the 16th and 17th holes.

“On the first putt, I fell in love with the line and just forgot to hit the thing,” he said. “On 17, I just hit a terrible putt there and it was frustrating because I feel like those two birdies could have really put some distance between me and the field.”

Morillo posted a 73 and Mansfield’s Zach Howe also found some rhythm with a 76. That was good enough to tie Howe for third place at 223 heading into the final round.

Howe said he hit the ball well, but will still have plenty of shots to make up if he’s to catch Hudson.

“I haven’t played well in this tournament in the past, in fact last year I shot 83 here,” Howe said. “I missed a few short putts, but I drove the ball well and that, I thought, was the most important factor.”

By contrast, Howe hit 12 drivers on the day.

Mansfield Legacy senior Will Mullins had the low round of the day, shooting 72, which included a three-under 33 on the back nine. He also pulled to within three shots of Hudson.

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