Tiger golf hits new course
After only teeing it up on home turf this year, Tiger golf got a much-needed opportunity to travel for a tournament March 16.
The Glen Rose boys headed to Bullard to play Oak Hurst Golf Course - the site of the Region 2 Tournament.
"It was good to see the course we'll play at the regional tournament, if we get out of district," said coach Wayne Roberts. "We learned a lot about the course. There are certain places you can't hit (the ball). The greens are long and narrow for the most part.
"If your accuracy is off a little bit, it can really cause problems. There are a lot of obstacles to deal with like trees, sand and water, plus the course has a lot of incline and decline. Course management got us in trouble (Monday)."
The Tigers shot 355 to finish third among 13 teams. Troup (338) won the tourney, followed by Whitesboro (348).
"Troup is usually a state qualifier from another region, while Whitesboro is in our region," Roberts said. "We saw that they have a pretty good golf team, and we'll just have to play better. There were also some bigger schools there, so it was a good test."
Jared Brandt (85) led Glen Rose, followed by Chris Rorie (87), Dylan Cunningham (89), Peyton Lytle (94) and Jadon Morris (97). Playing as a medalist, Koda Duren shot 94.
"We took those six, but everything is still open," Roberts said. "Tanner (Resecker) is still in the mix. Koda has just been playing a little bit better."
Roberts knows where the Tigers need to make strides.
"(Coaches) had to stay on the cart path because the course was wet, so it wasn't easy to watch all the guys," he said. "I know we all need to work on our approach shots and putting on that type of green. We may not hit the driver very often on that course, because you definitely need to put (the ball) a certain distance from the hole.
"If you hit the driver too far, you have a much better chance of ending up in a hazard. Our troubles weren't about playing bad, as much as learning what shots we need to hit at what time."
The Tiger boys are back in action March 26 at Canyon West Golf Course in Weatherford. It's key for the Tigers to gain course experience away from Glen Rose at this point in the season.
"The only two tournaments we were able to play in before this were at Squaw Valley, so it's crucial we got some experience at a different course and a regional course," Roberts said. "Our next tournament at Canyon West is a district course, so it will also be very important, especially because that's where day one of district is played. I think if we can get back to Bullard, we'll show a lot better next time."