Morgan County’s golf teams gave a fine showing at the 2018 AAA State Golf Tournament this week in Hartwell at Cateechee Golf Club. The boys took seventh place as a team with Bailey Smith shooting a low score of 158 (77, 78) over the two day event. Madison Walley had a good tournament finishing 16th overall out of about 100 golfers, according to Coach Pam Hooten. She had a nice round on opening day shooting 86, and 94 on the second day under tough weather conditions. Morgan’s girls did not qualify as a team, but Walley did as an individual.
Coach Josh Reeves talked about his team’s success this year, “The boys came a long way this year. Even though they only lost one nine hole match, they played their best golf at the end of the season when it counted. We had some young guys leading the way with the low scores which bodes well for the future. It was nice to see them perform in Region and post some respectable scores at the State Tournament. We can only improve from here. We finished seventh as a team and Bailey had a strong two day score.”
Scoring for the boys went like this at Cateechee:
Name: First Round Second Round
Bailey Smith 77 78
Landon Breedlove 92 86
Reid Brock 91 87
Eric Brockman 91 87
Jared Sanders 88 95
Josh Talevski 101 92
Madison Walley 86 94
The two coaches had some these comments about their shining female star. Hooten remarked, “Madison finished 20th overall for AAA. She shot 86-94 at Cateechee in Hart County. I am thrilled with her performance. On Monday she left a few strokes on the course but finished strong with an 86. Tuesday brought rain and not so ideal conditions. All the girls fought through the rain. Madison played hard and finished with a 94. As a junior, she has one more year to play HS golf. I am looking forward to a strong team next year and great leadership from Madison.” Reeves echoed those comments, “It was great watching Madison qualify as an individual. We wish we had had the whole team there after they shot the qualifying score but Madison represented us extremely well in state. She was in the top 20 out of almost 100 girls and she seems to get better every day.”
Reeves then commented again on the boys with, “We shot a 347 for seventh place going into day two. All the boys felt like they should have done a little better. On day two we held our own finishing seventh in the State after two rounds. It was a great effort to be in the top 10. They really had to grind it out over a couple of days with crazy up and down weather.”
Congratulations to Coaches Hooten and Reeves and the Fairway Dogs and Lady Dogs on another great season.