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CARROLLTON — Second in 2018, first on every hole in 2019, University of Texas golfer Pierceson Coody scored a two-shot victory on Friday at Maridoe Golf Club in the 116th Trans-Mississippi Championship, joining a winners list including Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw and Bryson DeChambeau.

The win, with a fourth round score of 2-over 74 for a 4-under total of 284, the Longhorn placed ahead of UT Arlington golfer Paul Gonzalez (2-under 286). However, it didn’t come without plenty of anxious moments on the back nine. He took a six-shot lead into the final nine, only to see it shrink to two by the time he had bogeyed the par 4 15th hole.

“You just have to relax and be patient, the worse thing in the world you can do when the lead shrinks is just to force it and make a birdie and you make another bogey,” Coody said. “This is such a redemption after finishing second last year and such a thrill. They are so many great golfers who have won this, who have gone on to do great things in golf and I want to do the same.”

He became the first Trans-Mississippi Amateur champion since at least 2010 to lead solo wire-to-wire all four rounds.

Scott Harvey, 41, captured the 2019 Mid-Amateur with a final round score of 73 and a 72-hole total of 293, another lofty title in his glittering amateur golf career which has included a US Mid-Amateur and a Masters appearance.

Texas State’s Logan Lockwood, of Van, tied for 38th with a score of 14-over 302 (75-74-77-76).

SMU golfer Mcclure Meissner shot the low final round, 67, and tied for third with BYU’s Rhett Rasmussen, (72) 287.

“I still like playing with the kids because they can hit it so good,” Harvey said. “It’s still fun to play out here, this is a great and tough course and there is disaster at every turn.”

Harvey said he made the Trans-Mississippi Amateur trip a working vacation because his wife’s parents live in nearby Highland Village and his son was celebrating a 10th birthday, so he came early to have fun, relax and played some competitive golf.

Coody’s twin, Parker, tied for 10th with a total of 4-over 292.

Entries are open to male amateur golfers who have reached their 19th birthday on or before Tuesday, July 9. Entrants younger than 19 may participate in the championship if duly invited by the Committee. Applicants must have a USGA handicap index of 2.0 or less.

The Trans-Miss was first played in 1901. It is played at a different course each year that is located near or west of the Mississippi River.

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