McNulty wins city title in playoff

White Hall teammates Jake McNulty and Jeffrey Manning found themselves in a tie after 18 holes of golf at the Pine Bluff Junior City Championship at the Jaycees course on Monday.

Both golfers even had bad tee shots on the playoff hole to give them difficult second shots. McNulty, though, was able to hit a better second shot than Manning and that ultimately led to him winning the 16-18 age division championship.

McNulty shot a 78 in the first 18 holes of play before parring the playoff hole.

His day did not start off well despite winning the championship trophy. He shot a 39 on the front nine, which was saved by a couple of birdies at the end.

“The front nine was a bit of a struggle the first few holes, but I ended it with a couple of birdies, which really got me going for the back nine,” said McNulty, who will be a sophomore at White Hall. “I got frustrated, but calmed my nerves and that helped me out.”

McNulty added another 39 on the back nine. Manning shot a 38 on the front nine and 40 on the back.

The playoff started — and ended — on the first hole. McNulty’s tee shot went off the fairway to the left, close to some trees. Manning also missed the fairway, but to the right and also in an area with some trees.

McNulty chose to bump his second shot, which found its way out of disaster and rolled onto the green. However, Manning’s second shot was to the left of the green, giving McNulty the advantage.

“I could’ve flopped it over or bump it out,” McNulty said. “I thought bumping out would be my safest shot and it worked out for me.”

McNulty was left with a 10- to 15-foot putt, which he missed. Manning needed two shots after getting on the green, giving McNulty the win.

“The chip shot, I wasn’t happy about,” said Manning, a junior at White Hall. “I hadn’t been hitting good off the tee (Monday).”

Grayson Martin won the 13-15 age division with a 79 and Josh McNulty won the 12-and-under division with an 80.