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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:32 pm

GRAND PRAIRIE Permian senior Jaden Chavez qualified for the Class 6A State Golf Tournament after making a birdie on the fourth playoff hole Thursday at the Region I-6A Championships at Tangle Ridge Golf Club. 

Chavez (71-71—142) finished second in a three-man playoff against Danny Chen of Richardson Perace and Rondarius Walters of South Grand Prairie. All three golfers shot a two-day total of 142. Walters made a par on the first playoff hole to advance out of the playoff.

That left Chen and Chavez to battle it out shot for shot up until the duo reached the Par 5 18th hole. 

After hitting his tee shot in a fairway bunker, Chavez said he hit his second shot to the right of the green. His third shot required some creativity to escape but Chavez had a shot in mind. 

“I had to hit a flop shot over the trees to the right of the green," he said. “I was able to get the shot on the green to six feet and make the putt.

“It means a lot to be able to qualify for state and put it all together for the regional tournament." 

For Permian head coach Doak Huddleston, watching Chavez hit that shot was a great way to cap off the week. 

"It was a phenomenal shot that Jaden hit," Huddleston said. "I asked him after the playoff if he had hit that kind of shot before and he said he had. It was great to see." 

Andrew Zobal (72-69—141) of Flower Mound had already qualified for the state tournament as an individual one shot ahead.

As for Chavez’s team, the Panthers finished eighth with a two-day total of 622. Permian had to finish its first round Thursday morning after rain on Wednesday forced the postponement of play.

Carrollton Hebron won the team title with a two-day total of 577 and Southlake Carroll and Trophy Club Byron Nelson also qualified for the state tournament, which is on May 20-21 at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown.

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