Jordan Davis’ emotions went on a bizarre ride in the past two days as the North Medford senior tried to qualify for the Class 6A boys golf state tournament.
A rules violation at the District 3 Regional Monday at Tokatee Golf Club in Blue River appeared to cost him a chance to advance.
However, when another player turned in an incorrect scorecard and was disqualified, it gave Davis another chance. He took advantage on Tuesday, winning an impromptu playoff at Grants Pass Golf Club against Roseburg’s Hunter Endicott.
Davis is now in the 6A tournament Monday and Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.
“It’s been a roller coaster of emotion since I found out about the two-stroke penalty,” said Davis. “I didn't even find out I had a chance until this morning. I was shocked and felt very nervous all day. Even while I played the hole today. But I pushed through.”
Davis and Endicott each wound up with 83s in the regional, tying for sixth place. The top five advanced to state.
But the disqualification of McMinnville's Jacob Simmons opened the door for each, and they met at a neutral site Tuesday.
They played the par-5 first hole. Each put his drive in the middle of the fairway and was near the green in two.
Endicott chipped to about 15 feet past the hole, and Davis to about 6 feet. Endicott’s first putt ran long, and he wound up three-putting.
Davis won with a tap-in par.
“It feels surreal making it this far,” he said. “I was just playing to play this year. I wasn't even thinking I would even have a chance. But I made it, and that is the best graduation present I could ask for.”
The penalty Monday occurred after Davis hit a ball into the woods on the fifth hole. He took an unplayable lie, but, on advice from coach Paul Steckbauer, took a drop in the wrong place.
After he came in with an 81 — which would have tied him for fifth and required a playoff — the penalty came to light and was assessed.
As it turns out, the player he would have tied with an 81 was Simmons, the one who turned in a faulty scorecard and was disqualified.
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