Friday, August 26, 2016

SPORTS STORY >> Titan gets medalist honor as golf team finishes third

Leader sportswriter

The Jacksonville boys’ golf team took part in a three-team match Monday at the Mountain Springs golf course in Cabot, and JHS golfer Dallas Colford was the medalist of the nine-hole match, shooting a low score of 41.

Colford earned medalist honors by two strokes Monday, but despite getting the win, he wasn’t very pleased with his performance, according to Jacksonville golf coach Hank Hawk.

“He shot a 41 and he was disappointed in that,” said Hawk. “He had two bad holes that cost him from breaking 40, and that’s kind of his bar.”

Foster Rash was the second-lowest scorer for Jacksonville on Monday. He finished with a 46. Rash was the team’s low scorer at Jacksonville’s match last week at Cypress Creek. Jordan Wickersham was the next-lowest scorer for JHS, shooting a 55. Caleb Anderson had a score of 70, which rounded out Jacksonville’s point total of 212.

Bald Knob won the match, shooting a total of 198. The Bulldogs had three players score in the 40s and the other two shot in the 50s – the highest score being a 55. Vilonia, the match host, finished second in the team standings with a score of 208. The Eagles’ top four players all shot in the 50s.

Jacksonville only has one girl competing this year, Allison Seats. Seats finished second in the girls’ division, shooting 63. That was one stroke behind the winner, of Bald Knob. Although she didn’t get the win, Seats finished second out of seven participants in the girls’ division.

“She had a couple of holes where she got in trouble early,” Hawk said, “but then you turn around and she’s got a 12-foot putt for birdie on one of the more difficult holes out there.”

Jacksonville’s top players didn’t finish with their best scores Monday, but the difficulties of the course had a lot to do with that.

“I’ve only played that bottom course once or twice,” Hawk said, “and it was tough. I mean, kids, they’re sitting in rocks trying to figure out how they’re going to hit the next shot, and the grass was high. If you missed the fairway, you had to have been looking straight down on a ball to find it, and it was stroke after stroke.”

Jacksonville’s next match will be against Mayflower at the Southern Oaks Country Club on Sept. 6.