Bob­cat golfers bat­tle the el­e­ments in Alabama


The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Scott Herpst

The Georgia North­west­ern golf team braved un­sea­son­ably harsh con­di­tions to fin­ish 10th over­all at the 12-team Wal­lace State (Ala.) In­vi­ta­tional at the Cross Creek Golf Club in Cull­man, Ala., held Sept. 10-12.

It was the first tour­na­ment of the year for the all-fresh­man squad, who beat Cleve­land State (Tenn.) Com­mu­nity Col­lege by 17 shots (316-333) in an 18-hole match at Chatata Val­ley Golf Course in Cleve­land back on Aug. 29 and tied the Cougars, 311-311, on Sept. 8 at the LaFayette (Ga.) Golf Course.

Lane Strick­land paced the Bob­cats with a 54-hole to­tal of 238 (22-over par) on the 6,351-yard lay­out. The for­mer Sono­rav­ille High prod­uct shot an 83 on Sun­day be­fore im­prov­ing four shots with a 79 on Mon­day. He went three shots lower with a 76 on Tues­day.

Adrian Clark (North­west Whit­field) made the big­gest Day 2 im­prove­ment as he fol­lowed up an open­ing 86 with a se­cond-round 77. He then matched Strick­land with a 76 in the fi­nal round to fin­ish at 239 (23-over par).

Bran­ton Bai­ley (Gor­don Cen­tral) carded scores of 78, 86 and 78 to fin­ish at 242 (26over par). Cole Roberts (North­west Whit­field) shot 79, 88, 84 to end his tour­na­ment with a 250 (34-over par), while David Ma­nis (Coahulla Creek) went 84, 86, 83 to fin­ish at 253 (37-over par).

Georgia North­west­ern had a team score of 324 on Day 1 and a 328 on Day 2 be­fore clos­ing with their best score of the tour­na­ment, 313, on Day 3.

“We played in very tough con­di­tions,” said head coach Ed­die Jack­son, ref­er­enc­ing the weather that came into the Cull­man area as a re­sult of the rem­nants of Hur­ri­cane Irma. “We had heavy rain and wind and cold tem­per­a­tures. I’m very proud of the guys and both scores were again way good enough to qual­ify for na­tion­als. We placed 10th (over­all), but there were schol­ar­ship schools there and some of the top pro­grams in the nation.”

The Bob­cats will now turn their at­ten­tion to the United States Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (USCAA) Na­tion­als, which will be held on the Penn State Univer­sity Blue Course, Oct. 8-10. Bai­ley Fowler had a kill and a dig for CVMS. Lexie Young had nine digs, fol­lowed by Kota O’Dell with five. Asia Sil­mon had one kill.

In the JV match, Gor­don Lee won 25-7 and 25-11. Alyssa Wooten had three aces for the Lady Eagles. Molly Pickard had one kill and two digs, while Cait­lyn Smo­lik added a dig.

In­di­vid­ual de­tails for Gor­don Lee were pro­vided as of press time.

CVMS (3-7) will host Sad­dle Ridge on Tues­day, while Gor­don Lee will be off.

Sad­dle Ridge’s Colby Char­land places a shot over LaFayette’s Shelby Mad­den dur­ing last week’s match in Rock Spring. (Photo by Scott Herpst)

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