On a cold, windy day, Jones Creek Golf Club was not particularly forgiving to county boys golf teams Thursday afternoon.
Such was the case that when Lakeside High School and Evans finished their nine holes tied at 172 in a tri-match with Grovetown, neither felt the need for a playoff to break the deadlock.
Grovetown, which fielded just three golfers, did not finish with an official score.
“The kids hit the ball pretty well but didn’t score,” said Evans head coach Bill Richey. “It’s the highest we’ve shot this year by six strokes.”
For Lakeside, coming off a one-stroke win over Greenbrier at the TaylorMade Adidas Tournament at the Waynesboro Country Club on Saturday, Thursday’s match was a chance to get younger players time out on the course. Coach Jody Hilley played with five freshman and a senior.
“I’ve got three freshmen who haven’t got any match experience, and who knows, one or two might be in region play and need that experience under their belts,” said Hilley.
Lakeside freshmen Preston Wagaman and Tristan Spankle tied with Evans’ Nick Bruner for the low round, each shooting a 5-over 41.
Lakeside freshman Isaac Hergott, who shot the team’s low round at the TaylorMade tournament, knew they could have done better.
“It was OK, we got to play from the further tees, but we all played pretty bad,” said Hergott, who finished at 7-over 43.
Playing from the closer tees wasn’t necessarily a good thing for Evans’ Charles Griffin, who will attend Alabama State University in the fall. The senior was 2-under on the course’s two par-5s on the front nine, but struggled on the par-3s.
“It’s the worst I’ve played since I was 11,” said the Knights’ 18-year-old, who carded a 10-over 46. “I don’t play well from shorter.”
Grovetown coach Jaime Echols’ three golfers showed the kind of spirit that he liked.
“They’re young and beginners, but they have a super-duper attitude,” he said.