In less than ideal conditions, the Tiger golf program got its 2013 season rolling this week.
The Tiger boys headed to Lubbock on Friday and Saturday for the Region 1 Preview. Glen Rose shot 782 as a team to finish 16th, while Andrews (598) and Big Spring (606) finished first and second respectively.
“The field of teams was as strong as I thought it would be; that’s one reason you go out there,” said coach Wayne Roberts. “For us, we wanted to see the course and get some experience. We haven’t even had an organized practice yet; we know we have to make a lot of improvements. When we teed off it was 26 degrees; we’re not used to playing in temperatures like that.”
Roberts wasn’t concerned to see the Tigers finish last, considering the field. Perryton only completed one round of play, so it didn’t have a place.
“I’d say us, (Midland) Greenwood and Perryton aren’t quite on the level with the rest of those teams,” Roberts said. “They have year-round golf and a number of those schools have junior high golf, so we’re in a different situation. It’s up to us to work going forward and qualify so we can go back there (in April) and have a better showing.”
Kiley Word (85-82-167) led the Tigers, while Peyton Lytle (98-90-188) finished second.
“Kiley and Peyton both know they need to practice,” Roberts said. “Peyton hadn’t played a full-18 holes since the fall. Kiley has played more, but he hasn’t practiced like he should. The conditions were bad, and overall it was good that we improved the second day.”
Jared Brandt (101-112-213) and Jadon Morris (111-103-214) also competed for Glen Rose.
“Those guys have been playing golf for less than a year, so there will be tough days for them,” Roberts said. “We’ll work and get them down into the 80s and 90s, but it will take effort on their part.”
Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers headed to Squaw Valley on Monday to compete in an 80-player tournament hosted by Iredell. As a team, Glen Rose shot 478 to finish third behind Vanguard and China Spring.
Jacqui Condy paced Glen Rose by shooting an 89.
“Jacqui shot an 89 to become the third medalist overall,” Roberts said. “That’s an excellent round for the first tournament, especially with our lack of practice.”
Other Lady Tigers included Brittan Grace (128), Bailey Brown (130), Hailey Allen (131) and Ashley Daniels (131).
“We had four freshman girls playing for the first time ever,” Roberts said. “In these (cold) conditions, I was very pleased with their effort and how they stuck with it. Hopefully, they never have to play in this weather again. When you watch freshmen (playing) for the first time knowing they haven’t been able to practice (with me), I know they’ll get better and I was pleased with their scores in a brutal wind.”
On Monday, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will both return to Squaw Valley for another tourney hosted by Iredell.