For Andrew Freeman, the second time around at Cullman Golf Course was definitely much better than the first.

Earlier this spring, Freeman and his teammates on the Wallace State golf team competed in a tournament at the course along County Road 490. According to Freeman, it wasn’t his best outing.

“I shot 73, 73, 73,” he said. “So I didn’t play as well as I wanted to.”

This weekend, it’s a safe bet to say Freeman did play as well as he wanted to. And what a time he picked to do it.

Freeman shot 69 during the second round of the Buck Shear Memorial Golf Tournament on Sunday. Coupled with his day-one score of 67, Freeman’s finished with a two-day total of 136 — best in the tournament by six strokes.

Freeman’s 69 was the only sub-70 score on the day and gave him the win running away. Jared Parsons and Billy Conner — who each shot 69 on day one — finished with a 1-over 73 on Sunday, giving them a tie for second place at 142.

Blaise Wilson finished fourth at 143 and Todd Lindsey was fifth at 144.

Not bad for a 19-year-old college sophomore. But even at Freeman’s age, Wallace golf coach Dan York said it was definitely not a surprise.

“Andrew is just a solid, solid player,” said York, noting Freeman won one tournament and earned four All-Tournament team selections as a freshman. “Does it surprise me that he won? Absolutely not.”

Freeman said his score on day two came from his strong short game.

“I didn’t hit as many greens the second day, but I was chipping and putting well,” said Freeman. “I had the short game going.

“I made a couple good putts, and when I did hit the greens, I made a few birdies.”

Freeman said his short game was so good that it accounted for the difference between his performance this weekend and the one this past spring on the same course.

“I just putted a lot better. The greens that I missed in this tournament, I got them up and down,” said Freeman, who has also won the Musgrove and the Horse Creek Invitationals. “And when I got the chance to birdie, I did. I birdied when the opportunity was there.”

Before he begins his sophomore season at Wallace, Freeman said he’d be busy on local courses the rest of the summer. First up is the Spirit of America tournament in Decatur this weekend before the Jasper native plays in the Musgrove Invitational at the end of this month.

“It’s fun competing and fun playing under the pressure,” said Freeman. “And it’s definitely fun winning.”

According to York, Freeman’s preparations this summer could determine where he continues his college golf career in one year’s time.

“This is a crucial time,” said York. “He’s a sophomore, and if he comes in ready to play, it makes a huge difference in the scholarship he gets at a four-year school.”

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