Lady Tigers take third in tourney

TYE CHANDLER sports@theglenrosereporter.com
Lady Tiger golf finishes third among nine teams in the Iredell Tournament. Team members pictured are (l-r) Makenna McQuesten, Hailey Allen, Madison Wooten, Claire Boswell and Ashley Daniels.

In the final tournament before district, the Iredell Tournament was a crucial opportunity for Lady Tiger golf to sharpen up March 23.

Glen Rose finished third among nine times behind Vanguard and Waco Midway Red. The Lady Tigers tied with Waco Midway Blue, but got the edge thanks to the score of fifth golfer Claire Boswell.

"Now we have 10 days to practice before the district tournament, so hopefully we can get all these scores in the low 100s," said coach Wayne Roberts. "I think we have some good things going with our golf girls."

Top performers were Madison Wooten (109) and freshman Madison McKinney (109).

"(Wooten) tries to find time to practice, and she did on the weekend before this tourney," Roberts said. "She is very busy, but she's been very consistent, and I think she can get under 100. (McKinney) spends more time on the course than any other girl. She gets in good work, and it's going to pay off for her."

In her first tourney of the season, Hailey Allen (117) was next on the scorecard.

"We know Hailey will improve, considering this was her first tournament," Roberts said. "I thought she played well considering, and Hailey could break 100 for us."

Ashley Daniels shot 118, while Boswell shot 121.

"Ashley hit the ball really well," Roberts said. "She can be in the mix for our team. Claire loves to play - that's the thing about her. She is always smiling, and she's had two good rounds for a first-year player."

Playing as a medalist, freshman Makenna McQuesten shot 111. She led the team in the previous tournament.

"Makenna did well once again," Roberts said. "I'm going to have to make some (lineup) decisions for district, as far as our top five, but that's a good problem to have. I'm glad we have Makenna."

While Glen Rose won't play another tourney before district, Roberts said the lineup jostling among his players isn't over.

"We'll have some head-to-head competition for those five spots in the lineup," he said. "Devan Elliott still hasn't been able to play for us because she's had academic commitments, which takes precedence. I think she is another candidate to break 100."

The first round of district will be April 2 at Canyon West Golf Course in Weatherford.

"Most of our weaknesses are around the green with chipping and putting," Roberts said. "These girls can hit the ball well. They're just learning to fine tune and cut some strokes off the short game. Nearly all these girls played the Weatherford course already, which is beneficial for their understanding of it."