Sam Houston senior golfer JT Taylor shot eight under par and finished second in the Magnolia Amateur at Hattiesburg Country Club in Hattiesburg, Miss. Taylor is one of several Bearkat golfers having a strong summer on the Amateur circuit.
The Conroe High School product fired three rounds in the 60’s and was in the lead with four holes left to play. Kevin Brady, a standout at Southern Miss, birdied three of the last four holes to win the event.
“I’m proud of JT’s performance and getting himself in position to win at one of the nation’s top amateur events,” Bearkat head coach Brandt Kieschnick said. “Our motto is ‘play to win,’ and he put together three rounds in the 60’s which is impressive on that golf course and gave himself a chance. Hattiesburg Country Club is where we open our fall season at the Southern Miss event so this will give us some extra confidence starting the season.”
Taylor made several key putts through the first 12 holes and was sitting at 4-under at that point. But it was Brady who made the key putts down the stretch to take the tournament title.
"I putted really well all week," Taylor said to the Hattiesburg American. "Coming down the stretch, the greens were a little inconsistent and when you have the hot hand, you kind of have it going. The last six holes, I hit a lot of good putts; I just couldn't get them to go in."
Taylor will be a senior in 2014-15 after he redshirted last season.
"I'm incredibly happy with the way I played," Taylor said. "I redshirted last year, so this summer I've just been trying to get reps, playing a lot of tournaments. My game has been there, I just haven't been able to get a good tournament, get four good rounds, three good rounds, together. So for me, this is big."