Northwest Whitfield High School’s Marlee Bingham and Dalton High School’s Mable McKone both were elated about Saturday’s Lady Catamount Invitational golf tournament.
Bingham was thrilled for her individual performance.
McKone was ecstatic about her team’s showing at its home event.
Bingham shot an 86 to tie for the fourth-best round, while McKone and the Lady Cats finished third in the 17-team field in undesirable conditions on the wet par-72 course at Dalton Golf and Country Club.
It was a repeat performance for Dalton, which finished third last season. However, McKone believes this is more impressive.
“We got third place last year but there weren’t as many teams,” said McKone, a sophomore who shot an 89. “With (seven) more teams, that makes it great. More teams is more competition — better teams also.
Dalton’s other two scoring rounds came from Olga Fouche (92) and Ashleigh Peters (94). Carson Roberts (99) also competed.
“Our team is showing strong improvement,” Lady Cats coach Nancy Hallsworth said. “We’ve played with a few of these teams multiple times this season and this is our best showing so far.”
Bingham, a junior, saw improvement from how she started to how she finished. She began on the back nine and shot a 44. In the second half of her round, she was two strokes better.
“In these conditions, I expected to do worse,” said Bingham, whose Lady Bruins carded a 308 for sixth place. “The back nine was a little shaky, but when I got to the front nine, I started getting pars back to back and it started coming together.”
Greater Atlanta Christian won the tournament with a 256 and also had the medalist, Bailey Tandy, who shot an eyebrow-raising, bogey-free 69.
“It’s incredible,” Tandy’s coach, Dave Beck, said of her performance. “It’s wet, kind of cold, and you shoot 3-under-par. She’s just a 10th-grader, so she has a big future ahead.”
North Oconee (260) finished second with all three of its scorers below 90. Woodward Academy (278) was fourth, followed by Brookwood (281), Northwest, North Murray (313), Dalton’s junior varsity team (328), North Oconee’s JV team (354), Peachtree Ridge (357), Southeast Whitfield (365) and Westminster (386). Calhoun only had two golfers, while Heritage-Catoosa and Ringgold each had just one. Cartersville and Ola were scheduled to compete but did not attend.
Heritage’s Rachel Rebne (78) had the second best individual round, while Brookwood’s Harmaprit Kaur (79) had the third lowest score.
Northwest’s other two scorers were Alicia Cole (107) and Dallas Coker (115). Emilee McKinney (125) also competed.
Lady Bruins coach John Linder said a wet playing surface made the course more difficult and “longer.”
“Any golfer will tell you that any time you have wet weather and wet ground it plays different,” Linder said. “You don’t get any kind of roll. It just dies on you.”
Jocelyn Blair (89) tied for the ninth best round and led the Lady Mountaineers, who also got scoring rounds from Tillie Hughes (108) and Dara Dople (116). Hali Sheram (117) also competed.
Megan Collins (90) had the 12th-best round and led the Lady Raiders, who also got scoring rounds from Hannah Dempsey (137) and Tori Bailey (138). Bethany Reddix had another engagement and left before she finished her round, disqualifying her.
“(Collins) was a little off on her shot,” Southeast coach Todd Murray said. “We have three young ones and Megan, so overall I am happy for our first 18-hole event of the season. ... Each girl has her own goal she is shooting for. Some are a little on pace and some are a little off, but the scores will keep dropping.”
Baylee Mitchell (103) led Dalton’s JV team, which also received scoring rounds from Lyndsey Parker (109) and Hannah Thomas (116). Alison Parker (122) also competed.
• William Duffie’s 4-over-par 74 at Mossy Creek Golf Club in Cleveland led the way as Dalton’s boys finished third at White County High School’s Warrior Invitational.
The Cats’ 316 trailed Peachtree Ridge (303) — which won the North Georgia Invitational this past Tuesday at The Farm — and North Oconee (312). Grayson (317) was fourth, while Northwest (323) rounded out the top five.
Christian Heritage (338) and Coahulla Creek (393) also competed. The two teams’ places were not known.
In addition to Duffie, Dalton’s counting rounds came from Allen Behr (78), Jacob Brown (78), and Landon Hicks (86).
“We played better today than we have,” Cats coach Chad Jordan said. “The guys have improved from week to week and worked hard on the things hindering their individual games. The conditions weren’t great, but the guys went out there and did what they could do, and it ended up turning out OK.”
Northwest’s scores came from Ethan Hayes (78), Chad Flanders (79), Silas Ledford (80) and Sam Speights (86).
“I saw some positive things today, things that I hadn’t seen before,” said Bruins coach Jim McGrew, who was particularly pleased with his team’s thought process on the course. “I thought we showed a lot more patience today. We didn’t give up on the round and kept it where it was respectable and fought to make it that way.
“Chad Flanders shot in the 70s for the first time and made a tremendous amount of improvement. He keeps getting better.”
Northwest’s junior varsity squad shot a 380 with counting rounds from Chandler Lomax (91), Tyler Clayton (94), Makray Kyer (94) and Alex Canady (101).
Scoring for Christian Heritage were Cole Townsend (78), A.J. Hooper (85), Kyle Stanley (86) and Blake Carver (89). Scoring for Coahulla Creek were Brannon Wilson (87), Austin Cole (93), Alex Longmire (103) and Chandler Tate (110).
• In a late junior varsity baseball result from Friday, Northwest’s Phillip Hammonds struck out 10 on his way to victory on the mound and added an RBI single at the plate as the Bruins beat visiting Ridgeland 5-3.
Hammonds allowed a pair of earned runs on four hits in five innings of work before giving way to Ty Pendley, who went the rest of the way for the save. He allowed one unearned run and no hits, walked one and struck out one.
Pendley also went 2-for-3 with a double, while Will Brock and Logan Hilton each added an RBI single and Caleb Shiflett had a triple for the Bruins (3-2-1).
• Inclement weather and wet conditions from overnight rain kept several area prep sports teams out of competition Saturday.
In baseball, North Murray’s varsity game at Pepperell and Coahulla Creek’s junior varsity games at home against Cartersville and Dalton, were not played. Makeup dates have not been determined for any of the games.
In varsity tennis, Dalton’s boys and girls matches at Gordon Lee were not played, and Dalton coach David Hilley said he does not expect the competition to be rescheduled.
In varsity track and field, Gordon Central’s Mohawk Warrior Invitational was not held. A makeup date for the event has not been determined for the event, in which Dalton, North Murray and Northwest Whitfield were all scheduled to compete.
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