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Williamson shoots 72 to lead Raiders to victory

By By Rocky Higginbotham/The Meridian Star
March 27, 2001
John Thomas Williamson wasn't necessarily the most high-profile prep player on the links at Northwood Country Club Monday.
But when all was said and done on a cold afternoon at NCC, the Lamar School freshman had the rest of the field looking up at him.
Williamson fired a 72 to earn medalist honors and help lead the Raiders to the championship of the Lamar School Invitational, as he and his teammates bested the rest of the loaded 10-school field by a dozen strokes.
Williamson's 72 was the best score for the Raiders, who had quite a star-studded "A-team" lineup that included three seniors.
Patton Valentine shot a 76 for Lamar, while Ole Miss signee Reid Davis fired a 77 and multi-sport star Austin Holmes shot an 82.
Lamar's team total of 307 easily won the tournament, as Jackson Academy finished second with a 319 and Jackson Prep third after firing a team total of 330.
Madison-Ridgeland Academy was fourth with a 336, followed by Parklane Academy and the Lamar "B-team" which both shot 339s.
Oak Hill Academy finished seventh at 341, while Heritage Academy was next at 342, followed by Starkville Academy (349) and Copiah Academy (415).
Rocky Higginbotham is the sports editor of The Meridian Star. E-mail him at rhigginbotham@themeridianstar.com.

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