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Carr Vernon signs with AkronPosted Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at 7:13 AM
Carr Vernon signed his letter of intent to play golf at the University of Akron at 11:11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2011. (DAILY AMERICAN REPUBLIC/Brian Rosener)
"It's a really nice school and I'm happy with my decision," Vernon said.
Vernon will be a four-year letterman for the Mules and is coming off a runner-up finish at the state tournament last spring. He also has qualified and played in the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Junior Amateur championships and became the youngest winner of the Ozark Invitational.
Last spring, Vernon was medalist four times, finished second in three more events to go with a third-place finish. His average round was 2.7-over par ending with a 1-under 70 in the final round at state. Vernon was tied for the lead until Mike Wootten of Francis Howell birdied the 17th then saved par on the final hole after Vernon's long birdie putt missed the mark by inches.
This summer Vernon reached the quarterfinals of the Missouri Amateur by beating a pair of college players before losing to University of Missouri sophomore Jace Long in match play. He also played in the North & South Junior Championship at Pinehurst in North Carolina, then cross the country to play in the U.S. Junior Amateur in Washington state.
Read more in Tuesday's edition of the DAR.
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Brian Rosener has been the sports editor for the Daily American Republic in Poplar Bluff, Mo. since December 2001. He was born and raised in St. Louis, where he attended Lindbergh High School and Webster University. He is married to Jennifer, a Poplar Bluff native, has a son Jack, 11, who is a much better golfer and swimmer, and a dog named Satchel.