Charging back from down four shots in the final round, Laramie’s Jackson McClaren made a dream of his become a reality with a state championship.

After shooting 80 in the opening round, McClaren was tied for third place. He quickly made a plan of attack for day two.

Battling the wind, McClaren felt quite at home, even though it was a different course in a different town. It produced the low-round of the tournament with a 73 and resulted in a two-stroke victory.

McClaren won his first state championship in prep golf. It’s something he’s been building two over the last three years.

The junior reflected on his individual accomplishment in a recent interview, along with Laramie golf coach Carlos Mellizo, as they spoke to KOWB’s David Settle at the top of this story. McClaren said it was about trusting his plan and ball striking, minimizing mistakes, and being on the proper side of the game. Another key was just to focus on only his game and not those around him. He spoke about the future of playing after winning the title, and much more.

Coach Mellizo praised Jackson’s focus and ability to push past any distractions, plus putting the pressure on his opponents. Mellizo also spoke about the Laramie team at the state tournament.

McClaren touched on his future and even what he’s going to work on with his game.

This is Laramie’s first individual golf championship since 2003.

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