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Abilene Wylie grad Arin Zachary returns to course in WTJCT Collegiate Division



ABILENE, TX – Zachary, who had her first season at Central Oklahoma cut short by the coronavirus, hadn’t been on a course in a competitive event for some time before taking on the Quicksand Golf Course and Brentwood Country Club this week.

In Monday’s one-round tournament, Zachary shot a 5-over, 77 to finish in second place, one shot behind winner Ozlyan Juarez of Monahans. Zachary made par on the first, 10th and 12th holes and sat at 1-over going to No. 14, one shot back.

But bogies on four of the final five holes allowed Juarez to overcome two bogies of her own and a double-bogey on No. 17 to hold on for the win.

Zachary added another runner-up finish on Tuesday, shooting a 12-over, 84 at Brentwood. Once again it was Juarez (74) taking the top spot.

Casey wins big, twice

Cooper graduate Riley Casey left little doubt at the Quicksand Golf Course, shooting a 3-under, 69 to claim the men’s title by seven shots on Monday. He followed with a one-shot win at Brentwood on Tuesday.

He got off to a slow start with a bogey on each of the first two holes at Quicksand, but finished the front nine strong with an eagle on No. 8 to sit even at the turn. Casey carried that momentum into the back nine, where he birdied four of the first five holes before a bogey on No. 15 and three pars to finish his day.

Big Spring graduate Nolan Otto placed third with a 5-over, 77, which was one stroke behind runner-up Jake Bowen (76).

Tuesday got off to a rocky start as a double-bogey on the third hole put him 1-over early, but Casey recovered to birdie No. 4 and eagle No. 5. He would birdie No. 13 and 16 on the back nine to end the day 4-under, 68.

That was enough to hold off Argyle’s Logan Diomede (69) by a shot. Comanche’s Kasey Middleton (75) took third while Wylie grad Phillip Hurtado (77) took fifth. Otto (82) finished in eighth.