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The Rebel golf teams traveled to Dyersburg Monday, August 20, to play in the Dyersburg Invitational at The Farms golf course against several teams, many of which were larger schools than McKenzie. Medals were presented to the top two teams and the top four individuals not on one of the top two teams. The teams competed in windy and sometimes rainy conditions throughout the course of the day.
The ladies finished third behind tournament co-champions USJ and region foe Milan, losing to each by only four strokes, while defeating four teams. Maggie Glass shot a 79, finishing with a birdie that propelled her to a third place individual finish based on scores of players not on the top two teams. Mallory Cole and Julie French each shot 94, completing the 173 team total. Whitley Smith shot a 95, continuing her improved play this season.
The gentlemen faced 12 other schools and went 11-1 in claiming the tournament’s second place finish, losing to USJ while defeating third place Covington by a mere one stroke. Senior Will McBride led the Rebel runner-up tournament effort with an 82, followed by sophomore Logan Green with an 83. Johnathan Moore’s 84 and Ben Austin’s 86 completed the scoring to produce the 335 team total.
Coach Larry Joe Smith was extremely pleased with both team’s performances today. He referenced Maggie’s 79 and the 94 by both Cole and French on a tough course. He also noted Whitley Smith’s 95 being good on a course she’d never played.
Smith was excited about Will McBride and Logan Green stepping up their games to lead the gentlemen, noting Will’s comeback on the back nine with a 38 after shooting 44 on the front. Ben Austin also improved his score on the back with a 39, after a front nine 47, which was also pleasing to Coach Smith.
The Rebel golf teams hosted Bradford, Clarksburg, Huntingdon and West Carroll at Carroll Lake Golf Club Tuesday, August 21.
The ladies were victorious over Huntingdon, Bradford and Clarksburg. Maggie Glass led the ladies with a one over par 36, with both Juleyanne Weatherford and Mallory Cole shooting 42 for the 78 team total. Whitley Smith shot her second best round of the season with a 46, while senior Olivia Wright and freshman Jaden Tucker shot their best rounds of the season with a 47 and 55, respectively.
The gentlemen posted wins over county rivals Huntingdon and West Carroll. Johnathan Moore led the charge with an even par 35 while Nathan Nanney added a three over par 38. Ben Austin and Logan Green rounded out the Rebel scoring with a 40 and 42 for the 155 team total.
Coach Smith was happy with what he referred to as “recovery wins,” following the long day at Dyersburg yesterday. He shared the feelings of joy and excitement with his second-year players Smith and Wright shooting well in addition to Weatherford’s low round and Tucker’s improved play. He also referenced the solid play of the gentlemen with the two rounds under 40.
The teams traveled to Magic Valley Golf Club in Camden on Thursday, August 23, where the women faced Henry County and the gentleman faced both Camden and Henry County to start the second half of their 14-match season.
Like the match at Milan, Coach Smith had to designate the three ladies and five gentlemen whose scores would count in the match.
The ladies came up on the short end of the stick that day, falling to Henry County by two strokes. Maggie Glass led the ladies with a 41 while Julie French’s 50 completed the ladies team score of 91. Juleyanne Weatherford shot a 45 in another good round for her.
The gentlemen needed an extra hole in their match to decide a winner as they were tied with Henry County, each with team totals of 171, having easily defeating Camden. Johnathan Moore led the Rebels with a 40. Ben Austin shot 41, with Logan Green and Will McBride each shooting 45. The two teams each played the 153 yard par three to start the playoff, with a format of the lowest four-man team total determining the winner. Henry County won the coin toss and elected for their four-man squad to play first. Once finished, they’d shot a combined three over par. The Rebels then took the tee box with an order off the tee of Moore, Austin, McBride and Green. Once they’d completed the hole, the Rebel men had shot an aggregate score of two over par to earn the one-stroke win.
Coach Smith was proud of both squads on a course that’s been perennially tough for the Rebels. He was pleased with both Maggie’s and Juleyanne’s rounds and said the playoff pressure was good for the guys as postseason draws near.
The week’s results now find the ladies at 16-5-1 with the gentlemen now standing at 30-1.
Next week’s matches find the Rebel linksters at Poplar Meadows in Union City on Monday against the host Tornadoes and South Fulton and at Dyer on Thursday to face Trenton Peabody and Gibson County.