Jesuit golfer Spieth wins 8-5A tourney

Jordan Spieth cleared stage one in a bid to defend his title as Class 5A boys state golf champion by winning the District 8-5A tournament Tuesday at Waterview Golf Course in Rowlett.

The Dallas Jesuit junior followed up Monday’s sizzling 66 with a final round 73 in blustery conditions to take medalist honors at the par-72 course that measures 7,191 yards.

“We’ve had some great golfers in this district and the area, some of them I’ve been fortunate to coach,’’ said Plano West coach Rick Hardison, “but Spieth is phenomenal.’’

McKinney Boyd won the 8-5A team title with a 579 total. Jesuit took the No. 2 regional berth with a 597 total.

Qualifiers advance to the Region I Tournament April 19-20 at Texas Tech’s Rawls Course in Lubbock.

Spieth, 16, who added the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur title to his resume last summer, recently accepted an amateur exemption to play in next month’s HP Bryon Nelson Championship.

Previous Nelson amateur exemptions have been awarded to, among others, Tiger Woods, Trip Kuehne and Justin Leonard.

Spieth is No. 1 nationally in GolfWeek Magazine’s junior rankings. He committed to Texas in February.