Player of the week

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JACOB TILTON SCHOOL: Evans Class: Sr. Ht.: 6-foot-4

HOW HE FARED: Aided by 30 on his first nine, Tilton shot 67 Tuesday at Jones Creek to win the Region 3-AAAA individual title. Tilton, an Armstrong Atlantic State signee, had the best score by six shots in a field that included four ACC or SEC signees. He missed a 6-foot uphill putt on No. 18 -- a shotgun start had him begin his round at No. 10 -- that would have been good for an opening 29. Tilton played with a bulky brace on his left ankle; he broke it three weeks ago playing basketball.

TILTON ON TILTON: "I didn't think I was going to be ready. I spent two weeks (bed-ridden) and was also on crutches. The week before region, I was able to hit golf balls again. Tried to work hard that last week. ... I got off to such a good start I was able to focus a little better. When you get off to a good start, it's easy to keep it going."

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: "Jacob has as much natural ability as any golfer in the area. He's a great shotmaker that can hit any shot you think of. ... He's always been a bit emotional. (Tuesday) he was steady in a sense that he didn't come off as excited. I think that helped him, especially (on the last nine holes)." -- coach Mike Bibee


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