Davis Jensen holds his state high school championship trophy.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
continued Jensen said he would have liked to competed against Fox at the high school championships, but he understood Fox's decision.
"We've become very close over the years," said Jensen. "We've played against each other in a lot of competitions. It's amazing how far we've both come."
Jensen's victory earned him automatic berths in two tournaments -- Sunday's Federation championships at Bethpage State Park's Black Course, and next month's state amateur championships at Schuyler Meadows.
Jensen said the opportunity to play for the state amateur title on his home course has its pros and cons.
"Any time you play in a tournament at your home course, you feel more pressure because you feel like you should do well. But you also feel less pressure because you know the course, so you feel more comfortable," said Jensen.
"These players coming into (the state amateur) tournament are very capable of winning it," said Steve Jensen, who is running the tournament July 23-25.
After this summer, Jensen moves to Fayetteville, N.C., where he will attend NCAA Division III golf power Methodist University. There, Jensen will continue his playing career while also learning the ropes of being a golf club professional.
"There are only a dozen or so programs like that across the United States, but Methodist is one of the few that also allows those students to play on the college golf team," said Steve Jensen.
"I'll have four years of fun down there at school and see where my game goes from there," added Davis Jensen.