-High school golf team tees off 2019 season
With a host of returning golfers, the LCHS golf team has its aim on making State during the 2019 season and took another step in its journey towards achieving that goal when the Indians and Lady Indians took to the links at Achasta golf course to take on Dawson and Fannin counties for the team’s second match of the season on Tuesday, March 19.
“Our goal is always to qualify for State,” said LCHS head golf coach Jeff Steele. “We play in a very strong area and the competition is keen. We have everyone back from last season, but, overall, we are still young. Experience always makes you better and I feel like last year’s battles will make us more competitive this year.”
Two of the Indians’ top young golfers The Wood twins, Cannon and Cooper, appeared to be in mid-season form when the Indians took to the course at Achasta to take on the Tigers and the Rebels.
In the number one spot Cooper Wood had a solid round during the match and finished with a score of 44 while Cannon finished the match three strokes below his brother with a score of 41 in the number two spot. The Wood twins’ scores led the Indians during the competition.
Blake Barrett followed behind the Wood twins with a solid score of 48.
The Indians tallied a team score of 185 to finish in third place at the event. Dawson County took the top spot with a team score of 163 and Fannin took second place with a team score of 179.
On the Lady Indians’ side, Ashlyn Burch dazzled with a team-low score of 49 at the event. However, despite the sensational round by Burch, the Lady Indians had to settle for third place with a team score of 160.
Dawson County took first place with a team score of 153 and Fannin County took second place with a team score of 156.
Although the results weren’t what Steele was hoping for, the coach was happy to see the improvement his golfers are already showing at the start of the season.
“So far I am very pleased with how we are working,” Steele said. “Overall, I am pleased with the progression.”
With chipping and putting being a weaker point in many of his golfers’ games, Steele plans to focus on the short game with his golfers as the season progresses.
“We need to improve on our short game which involves chipping and putting,” Steele said. “I am trying to make our kids understand that 75-80 percent of shots come from 100 yards in.”
The team will get plenty of opportunities to fine tune their games this week, as the Indians are scheduled to compete in three matches and the Lady Indians are set to take part in four matches.
At press time, the LCHS golf team was set to take to the course at Old Tocca to swing it out with the Fannin County Rebels on Monday, March 25, before traveling to Bent Tree golf course on Tuesday, March 26. No official results were available.
The Lady Indians will compete at Chattahoochee in a girls only match versus North Hall tomorrow, March 28.