Mansfield’s Collin Clark won the Fort Worth Boys Junior Championship in 2014 with a final round of 81.
And after missing the cut in last year’s tournament, Clark said he was determined to get a shot at redemption in what was his final career junior tournament Thursday.
Clark fired a final round, even-par, 70, that not only helped the UT San Antonio signee achieve his goal, but also win the tournament for the second time in three seasons.
I thought really it would take a score in the high 60s to get there, but in all honesty, I just wanted to play well at Colonial after the way I played in 2014.
Collin Clark on winning the Fort Worth Boys Junior Championship
Never miss a local story.
At 292, he was one shot clear of fellow Mansfield resident Zach Cole and Chris Berzina (293).
“I thought really it would take a score in the high 60s to get there, but in all honesty, I just wanted to play well at Colonial after the way I played in 2014,” Clark said. “I knew this golf course could get to some people, I mean look at what I did two years ago, so I knew there was a chance if I played well.”
He did just that, going out with two birdies and two bogies for a front-nine 35 before one birdie and one bogey on the closing stretch helped Clark get it to the clubhouse.
Driving the ball, a premium needed around Colonial’s tight, tree-lined fairways, was paramount as well.
Clark his 12 of 14 fairways and wasn’t in bad spots on the two tee shots he missed.
The biggest play for me today was in the middle of 17 fairway where I started to think about how well I was playing.
But his approaches were nearly dead on, as he hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation.
“The biggest play for me today was in the middle of 17 fairway where I started to think about how well I was playing,” Clark said. “I had just come off a birdie, so to get that par was a big deal for helping me get that round in.”
Clark tugged his second shot left of the green on No. 17 and a mediocre pitch left him an 8-foot par putt.
“That was the best putt I hit all day,” he said.
Berzina (70) matched Clark for low round of the day and 54-hole leader Brendon Lowrance and Luke Davidson finished fourth at 294.
Luke Griggs finished 6th at 295 followed by Parker Scaling (296) and Shane Abdo (297).