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Eastside golf leading Newton Cup at halfway point
The Eastside golf team continues to dominate the Newton Cup, with both its girls’ and boys’ teams leading at the halfway point.
Eastside, Newton and Alcovy’s girls’ teams played nine holes, while the boys’ teams played 18 holes of scramble-format golf Thursday.
The Lady Eagles currently sit on top with 95, followed by Alcovy at 102 and Newton at 107. Eastside’s boys’ team leads the way with 210, followed by Alcovy at 240 and Newton at 281.
The girls will finish their round of 18, and the boys will play a round of scratch-play on April 11.
There were no surprises Thursday with the Eagles taking a commanding lead and the girls’ race being tight.
The Lady Tigers are within seven strokes thanks in part to No. 1 golfer Kelsey Knight. Knight shot a 45, keeping pace with her previous rounds.
“She has been pretty steady the last two or three times out,” Alcovy coach Chris Newshan said. “She’s been right there in the mid-40’s.”
Alcovy’s first group shot 4-over par, something Newshan said he hopes the rest of the groups can do during the second round. He’s also looking for Knight to continue improving to pace her teammates.
“Kelsey has a couple of bad holes every 9,” Newshan said. “If she can get rid of those it really picks it up a little bit, and we can get back in it.”
Eastside’s boys were in it from the early going Thursday getting the usual performance out of its No. 1 and 2 golfers, Quinn Murphy and Brandon Shives. The pair shot 68, while the team of Eastside’s third and fourth golfers, Jordan Leifels and Matt Mitchell shot 69.
The most pleasant surprise was the pairing of Jack Mitchell and Dylan Leach, who shot 73.
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“I’m really proud of my third group, our fifth and sixth golfers,” Eastside coach Jay Cawthon said. “They hit 2-under par. It was impressive, I’m sure they helped each other out.”
The coaches will look to speed up the next round of the Newton Cup as Thursday ended after 8:30 in dark conditions.
Quinn Murphy chips a ball from the rough during Thursday’s Newton Cup. The boys played an 18-hole scramble Thursday and will play a straight 18hole match on April 11.
Eastside’s Jack Mitchell drives a ball off the tee in the Newton Cup Thursday.
Alcovy and Newton’s golf teams trail Eastside and Emilie Jones after nine holes of the Newton Cup.