Prep golfers were finally greeted with a sunny, dry afternoon to get out on the golf course Wednesday. They just had to deal with a bit of mud and a lot of wind through their trip through the front nine at Stonebridge Golf Club.
Coosa’s boys’ team hosted Rome High and Armuchee at the course as they each played in their first regular season match.
Rome sophomore Hogan Ingram shot a par 36 for the afternoon to ear low medalist honors and lead his team to a win. The Wolves finished with an overall score of 179, while Armuchee posted a 248 with Cole Arasmith posting a 55 for the Indians’ low score.
Coosa was paced by Brayden Cooper’s 61, however the Eagles had only three varsity golfers for the match and did not have enough for a team score.
Rome coach Kevin Davis said the experience they’ve gained from playing in two early tournaments have allowed them to get used to the wet conditions.
“We’re still a little rusty, but I think we’ll be able to come around once we get out on the course more and get some putting in,” Davis said. “Even though it’s been tough with the muddy conditions, it’s good because it teaches them to overcome the adversity of a course that in not in perfect shape.”
The Wolves’ Barritt Cowan was second overall with a final score of 44, while teammate Daniel Davis shot a 48 and Sawyer Hernandez and Alan Trammell each had a 51. Walt Wilson rounded out Rome’s top six with a 56.
Armuchee’s second best score was Justin Kerr’s 61, followed by Will Holloway’s 65 and Will Holcombe’s 67. Jose Benavidez shot a 64 for Coosa, while Lake Smith had a 72.
Ingram, who was the individual area champion last season and finished as the Class 5A state runner-up, said the constant breeze and intermittent gusts made the match a bit more challenging.
“The wind was blowing pretty much throughout the whole round,” he said. “It was way more difficult than it normally is. But you can’t complain too much. Just try to do what you normally do.”
Davis and Ingram both stated they hope to be able to qualify as a team for the state tournament this year instead of just have one or two individuals qualify. That means shooting a combined 340 over 18 holes at the most at area. Davis said Wednesday’s 179 is a good start, but there is more work to do.
“We still have some gaps to fill, but once we get everybody on the same page and on the course more I feel we can have a good shot at it,” he said.