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Class 5A boys golf: A year's worth of experience will benefit El Reno's Carson Jensen

Jensen recovered from a poor first round Monday to improve his second-round total by 13 strokes and lead all individuals not competing with a team in the state tournament at Fort Sill Golf Course in Lawton.
by Jacob Unruh Published: May 12, 2014
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LAWTON — Carson Jensen felt the pressure during last year’s Class 5A boys state golf tournament.

Entering the final day in third place, the freshman from El Reno nearly imploded and fell to sixth place.

This year could be different.

Jensen recovered from a poor first round Monday to improve his second-round total by 13 strokes and lead all individuals not competing with a team in the state tournament at Fort Sill Golf Course in Lawton.

“Last year, I didn’t know to deal with the emotions,” said Jensen, now a sophomore. “I’m pretty confident. I think if I just go at my next round tomorrow like I did today, I’ll be right in the mix.”

He now sits in sixth place among all golfers with a 3-over par 147 in his two rounds. He opened the cold and rainy day with an 8-over par 80 before dazzling the course with a 5-under par 67 to close the day.

It was an astonishing turnaround for Jensen, who now gets to play alongside the three leading schools’ top golfers Tuesday.

“He’s got to put himself in a situation to go at greens,” El Reno coach Renie Whittern said. “If he can get in the fairway and be able to put the ball on the green somewhere, have some chances to get birdies and at worse get par, he’s got a shot.”

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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