The newly formed Seahawk boys golf team won its first match in Franklin County High School history Tuesday, as they were victorious at Hiliman Golf Course in a four-way meet.
Under the director of coach David Walker, the team scored 191, to best Wakulla’s 216 and John Paul’s 234.
Justice Jones, a sixth grader who is homeschooled, led the team with a 42, followed by freshman Cale Barber’s 47, freshman Tommy Gragg’s 49, freshman Tyler Rainwater’s 53, junior Chance White’s 58 and freshman Skyler Donahoe’s 58.
Others still with the program from last year’s club are freshmen Chandler Wray, Jesse Ray and Drake Stanley, eighth grader Eli Whaley and seventh grader Bryce Gilbert.
“At this time we can play six in varsity matches. They could qualify if their scores improve or somebody in the top six falls down,” said Walker.
The girls on Aug. 18 shot a 192 yesterday at their home course of St. James Bay, and easily defeated Wakulla by 36 strokes, in their pre-season opener.
Top four scores were Megan Collins, 41; Melanie Collins, 43; Abby Johnson, 52, and Alexus Johnson, 56. Also playing were Hollie Larkin, 68, and Harper Westbrook, 70.
"We played as expected for a preseason match. We worked out the opening match jitters, and did some good things.,” said coach Scott Collins.
“I'm excited about our team and the talent we have,” he said. “If we keep trying to get better every day, I think we have a great chance to make the playoffs again, and possibly even go to the state finals as a team this year." – By DAVID ADLERSTEIN