Eagle golf team takes 7th in state
Playing in two of the hottest days so far this year, the Fort Dale Academy golf team finished seventh with a 704 Tuesday to wrap up the two-day AISA State Tournament at Cambrian Ridge.
The Eagles finished the first day in sixth place but fell to seventh after the Hooper Colts posted a 343 in the final round to take sixth.
“Overall, we didn't play too bad,” Fort Dale head coach Reggie Mantooth said. “We just blew up on holes that hurt us.”
Pike Liberal forced a playoff with Lee-Scott on the final day with Lee-Scott taking the victory.
For the Eagles, Ben Bates shot the low round both days with an 84-84-168, Davis Watts shot an 87-86-173, Sanders Hancock shot an 85-95-180, Cam Norman shot a 94-90-184 and Shanks Simmons shot a 95-94-189.
“Ben was our most consistent player,” Mantooth said.
Although he felt he played well overall, Bates said one hole, the first hole, made the difference in his final round.
“I shot an eight on the first hole and still shot a 42,” Bates said. “If I had just (made bogey), I would have shot a 39.”
Playing on a course familiar to the Eagles helped some, according to Mantooth, but he added Cambrian Ridge is always as tough as it gets.
“It was a tough course,” Mantooth said. “And walking it made it really tough.”
The Eagles shot a first-day total of 350 and a final round of 354.
“It was a good experience for them,” Mantooth said of his team that is made up of all underclassmen. “They'll all be better for playing in (the state tournament) this year and more mature.”