Brownsboro's Bragdon headed to state

Jared Bragdon

Jared Bragdon is a busy man not only during the school year, but also in the summer.

As a Brownsboro Bear, he is a three-sport letterman — football, basketball and golf. In the summer months, he plays the Northern Texas PGA Junior Tour.

While he has excelled at all the sports, the junior notched a big accomplishment, garnering a berth in the Class 3A state golf tournament.

Bragdon will be competing today and Friday at Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin.

The Brownsboro junior is elated by his first state trip.

"It's pretty great," Bragdon stated via email. "It's a goal I set; and it's pretty nice to reach that goal."

After helping the Bears to their second-straight district basketball championship, he hit the links running after Brownsboro finished hoop season.

He gradually got his game in gear, culminating in capturing a bronze medal at the Class 3A Region II Tournament April 15-16 at the Tanglewood Golf Resort in Pottsboro.

In fact, he had a couple of personal bests — a round of 72 during the second day (improving over his first-day total of 76) and a 36-hole total of 148.

Bragdon said his desire to go to Austin helped him improve his score during the second round.

"I think it was just the mental focus," he said. "I really wanted go (to state) and I knew I had to throw out a personal best.

"I started 3-over after three (holes) on the second day and birdied the fourth; that got my round started. With that birdie I played the final 15 holes in 3-under to shoot even."

Bragdon said his cousin, Trey Volentine, went to state for Brownsboro in 2010. Volentine finished 12th on the Roy Kizer Golf Course.

"My cousin went his sophomore year so I felt like I had to make it to stay up to pace with him," Bragdon said.

After a successful basketAball campaign, Bragdon turned his attention to golf.

"I played a couple of tournaments during the season and played on the weekends," said Bragdon of how he kept playing golf while competing in other sports. "Then I really practiced hard when golf season hit. I have been driving to Garden Valley (Golf Club & Resort in Lindale) to practice chipping and putting."

The hard work has paid off.

Bragdon had a practice round on Wednesday at Jimmy Clay and is hopeful to have two good rounds in Austin.

"I'd really like to finish in the top 10 and throw out two good scores to be able to compete," Bragdon said.




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