Mansfield’s Brendon Lowrance sat at home for the final round of last year’s Fort Worth Boys Junior Golf Championship after missing the 54-hole cut.
Wednesday, though, Lowrance not only made amends with falling short in last year’s event, he’ll tee it up for the first time at Colonial Country Club on Thursday with a one-shot lead going into the final round.
Lowrance fired a 75 and vaulted into the lead at 218 thanks to some timely shot-making off the tee and his playing partners faltering in near perfect conditions at Shady Oaks Country Club.
UT Arlington signee Zach Cole of Fort Worth shot 70 for the day’s low round and is tied for fourth at 220 with Mansfield’s Garrison Smith (76).
I had just four bogeys but no birdies to go with them, and the greens are just really tough out here.
Brendon Lowrance, after shooting a 75 on Wednesday at Shady Oaks Country Club in Westworth Village
“I played pretty good,” Lowrance said. “I had just four bogeys but no birdies to go with them, and the greens are just really tough out here.
“Not a lot of putts went in, but I got it around. The golf course was awesome, just in perfect shape and the key to this thing is keeping it in play off the tee.”
Lowrance did that pretty well in the third round, hitting 10 fairways with the other four just in the first cut of rough.
Still, he struggled to a 3-over 38 on the front side, good enough to catch 36-hole leader Brandon Massey at the turn.
Eight straight pars helped Lowrance seize the lead on the closing stretch.
That gives me a little momentum and some confidence going into tomorrow.
Lowrance, after making a 15-foot putt on the 18th hole to save par
He built a two-shot lead through 12 holes and stayed steady until a bogey at the par-3 16th hole.
“There wasn’t really any big putt today or a turning point, the only real stress I had was having to make a 15-footer on 18 to save par,” Lowrance said. “That gives me a little momentum and some confidence going into tomorrow.”
Mansfield’s Chase Wilson (75) and Argyle’s Luke Griggs (72) are tied for second at 219.
Massey, who fired a 69 at Ridglea Country Club on Tuesday, struggled with a pair of nine-hole 40 scores and had no birdies in a third-round 80. He’s three shots back at 221.
Mansfield’s Collin Clark and Luke Davidson are at 222, and Trophy Club Byron Nelson’s Shane Abdo and Trinity Valley’s Chris Berzina at 223.