From Staff Reports
HORSESHOE BAY — Golf has a nasty way at times of evening out the score. It’s just the nature of the beast and Hallsville’s Lake Juban found that out the hard way Wednesday in third-round play at the 92nd Annual Texas Junior Amateur.
Juban successfully survived Tuesday’s cut and came out red hot from the start. He carded back-to-back birdies on two and three before taking a bogey on five.
“I was hitting the ball well on the range and felt good starting out. I barely missed out on a birdie at one or I’d been three under through three holes,” said Juban, who finished his first Junior Am tied for 37th.
Juban avenged his bogey at five with another red number on six and hit the turn at 2-under 34. For the second straight day, Juban bogeyed the 10th to start his backside play. Another birdie at 13 put him back at two under and looking for his desired top 20 finish.
Then the fickle fate that is golf showed up on the Par 5 No. 14. Juban had played the Par 5 at two under the first couple of days. But that wouldn’t be the case Wednesday.
“I was just hoping to hang on and make par, but I got a little cute with my 3-wood. I couldn’t carry the trees and landed in a hazard,” lamented Juban of his only double of the afternoon.
Juban suffered bogeys on 15, 17 and 18, leaving him three over for the day and 8-over for the tournament. But, all in all, the Hallsville senior was well pleased with his first effort in the exclusive event.
“Some of those guys out there playing, it was like they weren’t even human,” Juban said. “It’s pretty cool just to know that I can step out there and play with that type talent.”
Buda’s Jacob Sosa pocketed a half dozen birdies as he came from off the pace to win the 92nd Annual Texas Junior Amateur. Sosa finished with a three-day score of 8-under 208 and was two clear of round one leader Jacob Borow of Lake Jackson.