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Fox hopes to be in state golf hunt

by Michael Traum

Experience and surging talent. Whittell High golfer Dustin Fox hopes these traits will equal a good finish when the U.S. Bank/NIAA 3A state championships begin today in Mesquite, Nev.

“I know if I play well, I can place top 10 – maybe better,” said Fox, a sophomore who owned the season’s top Division 1 scoring average of 77. “Last year, 75 (average over two days) won it. I’d like to shoot 74-77.”

The two-day event at the Oasis and Palms Golf Clubs in Southern Nevada will draw on Fox’s experience from last year’s state tournament. He shot 82-83 and learned that mental control is important.

“I’ve got to keep it under control and stay calm. I’m always a bit nervous before, but I’m fine once I hit the first tee shot,” he said.

Fox credits this season’s improvement to a better short game and new-found faith in his big gun.

“I’m getting up and down better and getting out of the bunkers. Before it’d take me maybe a couple of tries. I’m also hitting the driver pretty good,” said Fox, who shot a practice round 80 on Wednesday at Palms.

Whittell High coach Richard Brandt said Fox has the game to challenge for a top spot.

“We might have some wind, but they’ll have to play through it and Dustin can compensate for it. I think he’s got a good attitude and can do well,” he said.

Whittell’s Todd Echan also made the trip as a first alternate but is not expected to play.

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