Demopolis golf starts season with seven straight wins

Published 8:17 pm Friday, March 7, 2014

Demopolis High School Tigers golf team started the season with wins over Bibb County and West Blocton at Centreville’s Cahaba Falls Golf Course.

The Tigers shot a 165 on a damp and windy day to win.

“The first win is always great, especially if it is the first match of the season,” head coach Mike Black said.

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Sam Yeager shot a 38 and was the low medalist for the match. Braden Spiller shot a 44, Jordan Williams shot a 41, Blake Bryant shot a 45, Chandler Stuedeman shot a 42, Anna Reid shot a 44, Mark Johnson shot a 47 and Jonah Webb shot a 50.

The Tigers’ next match was on the road at Thomasville taking on Thomasville, Washington County and Jackson High School.

Demopolis dominated the match with a 156 team score. The low Medalist was Braden Spiller with a 37. Sam Yeager had 39, Jordan Williams and Blake Bryant both had 40. Anna Reid shot a 49, Chandler Stuedeman shot a 40, Mark Johnson shot a 39 and Jonah Webb shot a 49.

The Tigers traveled on to Jackson on Monday and took on the Jackson Aggies and the Leroy Bears. The Tigers arrived in Jackson at 2:30 p.m. with a temperature of 38 degrees with strong winds and a wet playing course.

“The players endured some of the harshest conditions for a golf match,” Black said. “The prevailing winds and temperatures got worse as the match continued.”

Demopolis did come away with a win despite the tough conditions. The team score was 168. Jordan Williams shot a 40 and was the low medalist for the match. The Tigers also won the girls match with a win over Leroy and Jackson with Anna Reid being the low medalist with a 41.

Through three matches, the Tigers earned seven wins to put them at 7-0 on the young season.

The Tigers have finished the last two regular seasons undefeated, but fell short of the state tournament in both years. Black said he feels like the team is playing better this year than they were last year, and he feels like they have the talent to get past sub-state this year.

“We’re going to have to shoot 320 or better as a team to get past sub-state, but I think this group can do it,” he said. “Right now, we’ve just got to worry about getting past sectionals though.”

He added that his top five players have been shooting between 35 and 42 in less than favorable conditions, which he said is good for high school golfers.

Demopolis was scheduled to play their first home match Thursday against Thomasville, Jackson and Bibb County, but the match was rained out.

The Tigers are also sponsoring a tournament on April 5 at the Ravine. It is a two-man scramble with $300 first place, $200 second place and $100 third place. The tournament is a fundraiser for the golf program.

“We invite everyone to come out and play in the match,” Black said.

Entry fees for the tournament are $50 per person or $100 per team. There will be a meal after the match. Sponsorship is $100.00 for a hole for any business wanting to support the team. They will visit businesses in Demopolis and surrounding areas trying to help support their efforts.