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Jackson looking for another championship season

Artesia High senior golfer Josey Jackson will be hitting the links next year at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. (Mike Smith Photo)

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ARTESIA — “The game of golf is really just like the game of life.”

Artesia High School senior Josey Jackson said that recently after signing a letter of intent to compete at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Tex.

“I feel like it has taught me a lot of things (and) I’m so blessed to compete at the collegiate level,” she said.

She has been playing competitive golf since the eighth grade.

“ I came from Deming High School, and there I was a part of two of their seven-in-a-row state championships. So I kind of came from a place where I knew what winning felt like,” she added.

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Jackson said her luck rubbed off on the AHS golf program as the Lady Dogs won state titles earlier this year and last year.

“When I came here I guess I just didn’t want to end the streak. Me and the team we worked hard and I think we made each other better because we’re competitive within the team and that made us more competitive to field,” she said.

Heading into her final season in high school, Jackson sees her role as that of an older sibling to the younger members of the squad.

With the start of golf season months away, Jackson said her goal is to bring another state trophy to The City of Champions. “Because every year that would mean I was part of a state championship team and I think I’m blessed to say that I have done that.”

“She has the lowest putting average on the team,” said AHS golf coach Dusty Bean. “She’s got the most fairways hit, she has the lowest round ever shot by an Artesia girl golfer at New Mexico Military Institute.”

Bean said Jackson has accomplished other feats during her tenure in Artesia.

“She’s a fantastic person,” Bean added. “She’s got a great heart and she helps me as a man deal with some of our girls, in teaching me how to coach girls.”

Bean said Angelo State was a “great choice” for the senior.

“She went and looked at a couple of colleges and I think Angelo State is a great fit for her. I think she is going to be able to step in play as soon as she gets there,” Bean said.

Jackson said she wants to major in engineering, “and the exact field is undecided as of right now.”

She said Angelo State offers civil and mechanical engineering.

“It’ll be either one of those or I will maybe move on to a different college after I have completed my years of eligibility and just focus on school.”

Jackson said she,”loves math and science and I’m into a writing a bunch of essays and I like building things and exploring things and being creative. I think engineering is where I need to be.”