Two months after capturing the Class 5A state golf championship, two Mansfield High School graduates took home more hardware during the 75th annual Fort Worth Junior Boys Golf Championship.
Andy Ariens fired a 1-under 69 on Thursday in the final round at Colonial Country Club to win the Championship Flight by six strokes after trailing by two shots coming into the day.
Ariens, headed to Houston Baptist where he will play golf, received the first-place trophy from Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and former Mayor Mike Moncrief.
"This was a big tournament for me and I wanted to win, and the reason why I wanted it is because my teammate Kolton Crawford won the last two," Ariens said.
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Crawford won the tournament in 2009-2010 and was also part of the Mansfield state title team.
Luke Neely, another member of Mansfield's state champions, finished in a tie for second place after shooting a 5-over 75.
Ariens said he had played Colonial five times before and that Thursday's 69 was his best score.
After a birdie on the 11th hole, someone told Ariens he was in the lead. He responded with a bogey.
"I don't think that's why I bogeyed, but that was in the back of my head for sure," he said.
Ariens only had one more bogey, on 16, but he followed that with birdies on 17 and 18.
"My putting finally came through on the back nine," Ariens said. "I hit the ball the same, but I made a couple of more putts than I have in the past few days."
Tyler Terry of Hurst and Michael Walton of Fort Worth were tied for the lead going into the final round, but both responded with their poorest scores of the four rounds.
Terry shot a 77 and finished tied for second place with Neely.
"I couldn't get anything going," Terry said. "Driver was bad, iron was bad, putting and chipping was bad. I couldn't get anything going."
Walton shot 79 and finished in fourth place after a third last year.
"I was all over the place," Walton said. "I think I saw every bit of the golf course I could, but it was fun and a good experience."