Demopolis golf continues winning ways

Published 9:25 pm Friday, April 9, 2010

The Demopolis High School golf team moved its record to 13-2-1 Thursday, outshooting Dallas County by a 28-stroke margin. The Tiger foursome shot a combined 162 on holes two through 10 at the Sports-Plex while DCHS scuffled to a 190.

Senior Russ Seale played out of the No. 1 spot for Demopolis, shooting a 36 to match par for the stretch. Eighth-grader Braden Spiller played out of the No. 2 seed, shooting a 38 on the day.

“I started off and Braden wasn’t playing,” DHS golf coach Mike Black said. “I had a couple players quit. So I moved him up to fifth and he just kept getting better and better.”

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Ben McCarter and Cameron Wells each shot a 44 out of the No. 3 and 4 positions, respectively.

“I think this is probably the best team I’ve had in a long time as far as balance,” Black said. “Walker McNeil is doing a good job. Jeffrey Durrett played a couple matches and he is doing a good job. Lester Mitchell and Matt Barger are both playing on the team.”

In addition to his high school players, Black has welcomed a quartet of eighth-graders onto the team. That list includes Spiller, Tommy Christwell, Chandler Stuedeman and Sam Yaeger.

“I’ve got four eighth graders that are coming on strong,” Black said.

The team has three more dates before moving on to section play. The Tigers will face Thomasville at home Monday before a head-to-head match with Brookwood. The Demopolis regular season rounds out with the Capstone Tournament. Sectionals will take place April 27 in Jasper.

“I know I’m going to take my top three (players) and let them play as individuals,” Black said while also stating that he has not ruled out taking the squad’s top five to compete as a team. Black said two other players will have the opportunity to shoot their way to sectionals over the next three events.