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Ferguson falls short of golfing for state title

Tyrone freshman golfer Jimmy Ferguson’s run for the state championship came to a halt Monday at Tom’s Run golf course in Blairsville.
Jimmy posted a score of 80, missing the cut to advance by two shots.
“I hit the ball well,” said Jimmy. “I had five three-putt greens and one penalty shot when I went for a par-5 #4 (my 18th hole) in two and came up five yards short! I don’t know what happened to my putting, we worked so hard on the putter and driver the past two weeks and it all felt good, four of my 3-putt greens were makeable birdie putts, I just goofed up, I wish I could have two of them back again, they should have been good birdie attempts, I turned them in to bogeys.”
“Jimmy did well,” said coach Greg Ferguson (Jimmy’s father). “We worked on the driver and his putting very intensely the past two weeks, and he really drove the ball well, and his putting stroke was good. But his speed control was not there today, I feel for him today. I know inside it hurts pretty bad, He was so close, and he was one of the best players there today, he just had one of those days that jumps up and grabs you. I’m really hard on him during the season, and I really don’t give him enough credit, He fell short today, but he played much better than his score reflected, some days it just doesn’t happen, The experience he gained this fall will go a long way, he will learn that when the (A) game isn’t there, he will then need to rely on good fundamentals to take over and make the best of a bad day, Whether it is high school, or college a freshman is going to fail before succeeding, there is a learning curve at every level, rookies at the pro level and so on. I’m extremely proud of Jimmy. He was in 15 competitions this year and 81 was his highest score, his last 9 scores were in the 70’s before today, and he gambled on his 18th hole today trying to make eagle, or today could have also been in the 70’s. That is pretty darn strong! He will be back next year with his teammates, and our team will be strong, Jimmy will be our leader and he will be a great one, thanks Jimmy and the rest of the Golden Eagle golf team for a great season, full of great memories. I also want to thank Shelly Carper and Tom Coleman and Bob Miller from the Daily Herald for all their help throughout our season.”
The Regional was won by Sean Brannan of Hollidaysburg, in a playoff with Tiger teammate Anthony DeGol, who both turned in cards of three-under 69s. In team play, Hollidaysburg avenged a defeat at last year’s Regional by defeating Cathedral Prep from Erie by 11 strokes. The top 22 golfers advance to the State Tournament next week at Heritage Country Club in York.