Tiger golf takes fourth in Iredell Tourney

TYE CHANDLER sports@theglenrosereporter.com
In his first appearance for Glen Rose, Chris Rorie leads the way by shooting a 76 in the Iredell Tournament.

Although its first home tourney was cancelled due to weather concerns, Tiger golf still managed to begin the season ahead of spring break.

Coach Wayne Roberts entered his team into the Iredell Tournament at Squaw Valley Golf Course March 3. The boys' team finished fourth among 15 teams with a four-man total of 323.

"We were glad to get to play after basically no practice in 10 days," said Roberts. "We hit a small bucket of balls Monday and played 18 holes (in this tourney). It wasn't going to be real pretty, and of course we want to shoot better, but like I told the guys - a couple of years ago we'd be tickled to death if they shot 83 in these wet, cold conditions.

"It's good to get the first tournament under our belt and be just two shots out of third in a 15-team tournament. We walk away positive from this tournament."

Gatesville, Waco Midway and Waco Robinson finished ahead of Glen Rose. The Tigers were two shots behind Robinson and 17 shots ahead of the fifth-place team.

"Gatesville has been a golf powerhouse for awhile," Roberts said. "Robinson won their region in golf last year, while Midway is a big school with a lot of golfers. We got beat by three teams that hopefully we can really compete with after a couple of weeks of practice."

Newcomer Chris Rorie led the Tigers by shooting a 76.

"Chris gives us that fifth (strong) player we've needed," Roberts said. "He hits the ball well and is a solid player. To shoot 76 as the new guy on the team, it helped us nearly shoot 320, which was a target we were shooting for early on. Hopefully, we can get under 310 once we get some more practice in."

Other Tigers were Dylan Cunningham (81), Jadon Morris (83), Jared Brandt (83), Peyton Lytle (91), Koda Duren (98) and Tanner Resecker (106).

"If you ask the rest of our boys, none of them are satisfied with the way they played (Tuesday), and they gave away a lot of strokes," Roberts said. "But you can't expect to play your best when you don't get a lot of practice."

Some of the Tigers will be in action March 9 at 8:30 a.m. at Squaw Valley for another Iredell Tournament.

"It's a small one, and our guys who will be in town can take advantage of it," the coach said.

Three Lady Tigers competed in the opening tourney. Madison Wooten led the way by shooting 118, while Claire Boswell (123) and Madison McKinney (128) also competed.

"All of our girls had the opportunity to play (Tuesday), and these three stepped up and wanted to do so," Roberts said. "They battled the elements in order to work to get better at golf. Claire was happy to play her first competitive golf tournament. Madison Wooten wants to play as much as she can, and she had a good round considering her lack of practice.

"Madison McKinney loves the game and knows she needs to work on her short game. I know she'll do it."

Practice over the next couple of weeks will be key.

"We'll have a few guys play (March 9), but the next full tournament for our guys is March 16 in Bullard," Roberts said. "The girls' next tournament is also March 16 in Weatherford. We just need to practice as much as we can and hopefully we get some good weather we can take advantage of."