Moun­ties vic­to­ri­ous

Rogers High grabs team ti­tle at Bull­dog In­vi­ta­tional.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - SCOT­TIE BORDELON

SPRING­DALE — Rogers High’s An­drew Fakult watched his chip shot lip out on the 18th green Wed­nes­day.

Fakult set­tled for par af­ter com­ing dan­ger­ously close to card­ing the eighth birdie of his round. The 14-yearold fresh­man fin­ished as the boys’ medal­ist at the 2017 Cham­bers Bank Spring­dale Bull­dog In­vi­ta­tional at Spring­dale Coun­try Club, shoot­ing a 5-un­der 67.

His per­for­mance helped the Moun­ties (286, -2) grab the team ti­tle as well. Rogers carded the low­est team score in tour­na­ment his­tory, be­com­ing the first school to fin­ish un­der par.

“He had a won­der­ful round,” Rogers boys golf coach Mar­cus Alexan­der said of Fakult. “He said his wedge game was sav­ing him a lot, and he was mak­ing putts. He hits (his tee shots) in the fair­way and in play, so all around he had a great round to­day.”

Fakult birdied four of the first six holes on the front nine, in­clud­ing a run of three in a row on holes four through six. He added three birdies on the back nine to card a per­sonal-best 67.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing for me to prove to my­self that I could shoot that kind of score,” Fakult said. “The course was beau­ti­ful, the greens were in great con­di­tion and the fair­ways were plush. I loved the course.”

Alexan­der said he was thrilled to see his team play so well in the first tour­na­ment of the sea­son. Along with Trevor Brun­son’s 2-un­der 70 and Spencer Eis­er­man’s 73, the

Moun­ties owned the three low­est scores of the day.

Coach Tim Aynes’ Spring­dale Har-Ber squad fin­ished sec­ond over­all Wed­nes­day with a team score of 318. Har-Ber’s Cole Bishop, on the par-3 13th, had the shot of the day with his first hole-in-one. Bishop’s 8-iron shot landed within six inches of the hole, he said.

“It felt great,” said Bishop, who shot an 82. “I was kind of

in shock that it hap­pened, so I didn’t cel­e­brate at all. I was just kind of look­ing at it, like, ‘Did that re­ally just hap­pen?’ I was re­ally happy.”

As a whole, Bishop didn’t play as well as he wanted, but was glad Har-Ber fin­ished well as a team. Kade Keith shot the Wild­cats’ low score with a 3-over 75. Bentonville High, which shot 321 as a team, was led by Jonathan Sanchez’s 77.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE

Trevor Brun­son of Rogers High tees off Wed­nes­day dur­ing the Spring­dale Bull­dog In­vi­ta­tional at Spring­dale Coun­try Club. Visit­tos for more pho­tos from the tour­na­ment.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE

Kade Keith of Spring­dale HarBer watches his tee shot Wed­nes­day at Spring­dale Coun­try Club.

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