Tiger golf battles big schools

TYE CHANDLER sports@theglenrosereporter.com
Dylan Cunningham (pictured) and Jared Brandt each shoot 88 to lead Tiger golf to sixth place in a field of 17 teams at the 5-5A Boys District Preview in Weatherford.

In his team's final tournament before district, Tiger golf coach Wayne Roberts was hoping for a challenge.

Glen Rose certainly got one March 26 - from the course, conditions and opposition. The Tigers placed sixth out of 17 teams in the 5-5A Boys District Preview Golf Tournament at Canyon West in Weatherford. It's the site of day one of the 11-3A Tournament.

"It was a very tough day with the wind and playing from the gold tee box, so the scores were very high," Roberts said. "It's a very narrow course, especially from the gold tee. We're better than our scores showed, but we faced mainly 5A schools, finished in the top half and beat Keene soundly. The guys gave away a lot of shots, but they competed well."

Decatur shot 353 to win the tournament. Fort Worth Boswell shot 363 to place fifth, while Glen Rose shot 366 for sixth place. District foe Keene shot 419 and tied for 11th place.

Jared Brandt and Dylan Cunningham each shot 88 to lead Glen Rose.

"The course is nice, but the greens are small," Cunningham said. "You add some 30-mph winds from the north and it's a very tough course. I didn't play too well, but like my dad said 'take away the wind and it becomes a completely different course.'"

Other Tigers were Chris Rorie (95), Jadon Morris (95) and Peyton Lytle (103).

There are plenty of tournaments the Tigers could've scheduled and been more successful in, but that's not Roberts' mindset for the team, especially at this point in the season.

"We could just play the (Iredell Tournament) at Squaw Valley every Monday, but we want to be challenged and the guys to know that they have to bear down sometimes," he said. "They had a lot of difficult shots in the conditions (Thursday), and it was that way for everybody. It was good experience, but hopefully we don't catch that north wind when we go back for district."

Believing his team wasn't far from a top-three finish in this tournament, Roberts thinks the Tigers have every opportunity to shoot better than 366 in their upcoming return to the course.

"We had a hard time hitting a low ball into the wind," he said. "We also still need to play better around the green to save a few strokes."

Day one of the 11-3A Tournament will be at Canyon West April 2, as the Lady Tigers will also be in action. Day two of district will be April 6 at Squaw Valley.

"I think the guys will be ready to go," Roberts said. "They have played through wind and rain at times this season, and I think that was valuable. Everything's been thrown at us, now we need to spend these last few days preparing to be sharp."