The Franklin County boys and girls golf teams played a practice golf match last week at St. James Bay, with the same rules as a regular match except the girls played from their regular tees and the boys from theirs.
Senior Megan Collins led the way for a girls victory, besting freshman Cale Barber by 10 strokes, 38-48. Sixth-grader Justice Jones, the No. 2 player, outplayed sophomore Melanie Collins, 41-46.
In the third spot, freshman Tyler Rainwater carded a 45 against sophomore Alexus Johnson's 50. Rounding out the scoring was eighth-grader Abby Johnson who shot a personal best 45 to put away freshman Tommy Gragg with a 49, also his personal best.
The Lady Hawks totaled 179 to the boys’ best total ever, 182.
“Way to go girls, but not bad for a first-year boys team,” boys coach David Walker said.
In real competition, the boys played Leon High School at St. James on Sept. 8 with the Lions winning by seven strokes, 176-183.
Jones led all scorers with a new best round of 40, one stroke better than Leon senior Ben Williams with a 41. Barber scored a 43, his best round of the year, followed by Rainwater and freshman Schuyler Donahoe, each with a 50.
“The loss to a 3A school was not bad but did drop the overall record to 7-2,” Walker said.
On Sept. 12, the team traveled to Tallahassee for a four-way match with Chiles, Leon and John Paul II.
“The round was played at Killearn Country Club and we saw some awesome golf,” Walker said.
Chiles won easily, posting a one-under par 143. Two golfers carded 34s, one 36, and its highest score a 39.
Leon's Williams came back from disappointment at St. James and topped all golfers with a three-under par 33. Leon's total of 176 again bested the Seahawks, this time by 12 strokes. The Seahawks' 188 team total came on scores of 43 for Jones, 45 for Rainwater, 48 for Barber, and a personal best 52 for senior Chance White.
Rounding out the match was John Paul II with a 192.
The single win and two losses bring the Seahawks' seasonal record to 8-4.
The team went back to Tallahassee on Tuesday morning, Sept. 13, for an 18-hole tournament at Capital City Country Club. The Big Bend Classic Tournament was won by Chiles High with a 312 total, just bettering Maclay School's 315.
“Our guys finished sixth of nine teams with a 369 total, not bad considering it was the first time walking 18 holes for four of the five players on the team,” Walker said. “All other matches we have played have been nine holes.”
Individual team scores were 85 for Jones, 90 for Rainwater, 94 for Barber, 100 for Gragg and 108 for White.
Seahawk golfers will be back in action at St. James today. Tuesday, Sept. 27, and Thursday, Sept. 29.
Tee times are 3 p.m. There is no admission charge to walk and watch a match. You can rent a cart for $10 and ride along the course and enjoy some our finest student/athletes in action.