2019-03-13 / Sports

First golf tourney in the books for Bears


They may be young but they’re competitive, and that’s one thing that will help push the Bears’ golf teams to success this season.

Following the first tournament of the 2019 season, head coach Wade Marchman says he is already seeing improvement in their game since last year. “With golf, it takes a long time to develop the skills, and some of them have never played before,” he said. “For the ones who have, I’m definitely seeing improvement in all areas and hopefully that will continue and we’ll start seeing scores get lower.”

Both teams competed at Lakeside last week, with the girls facing five other schools. While Metter took an easy first place with 261 strokes and Lakeside pulled in second with 270, Burke County, who came in fifth with 299, was just a few strokes off from third place Grovetown (292) and fourth place Vidalia (296). Statesboro came in sixth place with 319.

Sophie Dye shot 97 for the day. Libby Ford had a 99; Morgan Chancey, 103; and Karleigh Taylor, 104. Marchman said Taylor has only been playing for a few weeks and has joined her friends as a tough competitor.

“These girls are very competitive, but they push each other to do better, not just against other teams but as individuals. Both the boys and girls teams have a great work ethic and they have all been working hard. We are very thankful to the Waynesboro Country Club and its membership to allow these athletes to have somewhere to play and practice. They are improving their game because they have somewhere to go every day, and a lot of schools don’t have home courses to practice on.”

While the boys did not compete in the nine school competition at Lakeside, Cody Templeton and teammate Joshua Brantley did play individually.

“Our goal going forward isn’t so much about beating another team as it is playing the courses and beating a score. Each week we want to shave off some strokes and keep improving,” Marchman said.

Up next, the girls and boys teams will play at the WCC against Metter on Thursday, March 14, and the boys will face Hephzibah at Applewood Golf Course on Tuesday, March 19. Tee-off is at 3:30 p.m.

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