Wilson Furr makes history at Mississippi State Amateur
Wilson Furr (Photo courtesy PGA of America)
Wilson Furr (Photo courtesy PGA of America)

JACKSON, Miss. — As a crowd gathered around the 18th green in typical Mississippi summer heat, the Mississippi Golf Association prepared for the Centennial Amateur awards presentation.

Three deserving amateurs completed their final hole while spectators congratulated each competitor. The final pairing of Wilson Furr, Braden Thornberry, and Hayden Buckley grinded throughout Sunday's round as they attempted to conquer the difficult greens of the Country Club of Jackson.

Noah Goldman of Starkville carded the low round of the day 68, but it was not quite enough to reach the three-round leader, Wilson Furr. Runners-up, Goldman, Buckley, Brescher, and Thornberry each finished at six-under par.

The centennial amateur was one for the history books, as Furr was the youngest recorded champion at 16-years old. Wilson Furr carried home the B.F. Spec Wilson Memorial trophy as well as the Charles Green Team Trophy with fellow Country Club of Jackson member, Charlie Miller.

Furr has committed to attend the University of Alabama once he graduates high school in 2017.

ABOUT THE Mississippi State Amateur

Format: The tournament is scheduled for 72 holes of stroke play with a cut to the low 60(+ties) after 36 holes of play. Field size is limited to 120 players. Qualifiers will be held for the State Amateur, including an Open Qualifier, the week of the event. Each is scheduled for 18 holes of stroke play. The number of players to advance will be determined by the number of entries for each qualifier and the number available in the field after the exempt players have reserved their place. The same percentage from each qualifier will advance to the championship.

Eligibility: The Amateur Championship is open to male amateurs who are bona fide residents of the state of Mississippi for at least 60 days prior to the first round of the tournament. Participants must conform with the USGA Rules of Amateur Status. All participants in Mississippi Golf Association State Championships are required to have an active GHIN Handicap through a USGA Licensed Mississippi Club.

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