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Class 5A golf: El Reno freshman Carson Jensen in contention for medalist

After one day on the course, Jensen isn't in first but he has a shot entering Tuesday's second round at Tulsa Country Club
by Ryan Aber Published: May 6, 2013
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TULSA — On the ride from El Reno to Tulsa for the Class 5A boys golf state tournament, Carson Jensen had a question for his coach.

“Coach, a freshman can win state, couldn't they?” Jensen asked Ken Posey.


Posey was taken aback a bit by the question before telling his young golfer that of course a freshman could win.

After one day on the course, Jensen isn't in first but he has a shot entering Tuesday's second round at Tulsa Country Club.

Jensen was tied for first after a first-round 71, then shot a 76 in the second round to enter the third round in third place, five strokes behind Tulsa Kelley's Chris Karlovich.

“It's pretty exciting,” Jensen said. “The other guys that shot 71 to start are huge hitters and that's not me. I don't hit it really long. But for me to be able to still hang with those guys is a big boost for my confidence.”

Jensen's rounds were pretty clean over all. He missed just one putt inside five feet over the first two rounds.

On No. 12 the first time around, Jensen threaded his tee shot between two bunkers in an area about 10-yards wide and then hit a wedge inside 10 feet and nailed his birdie putt.

“I wanted to start the day with a good round, especially being a freshman,” Jensen said.

Jensen had played the course just twice before. Once, in late March when temperatures were in the high 30s and again for nine holes Sunday in preparation for the tournament.

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