For as young as they are – two juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen – the Thomas County Central golf team sent any age factor to the back seat.
The Yellow Jackets ousted Bainbridge, 175-165, in a nine-hole match on Thursday at the Country Oaks Golf Club in Thomasville. Central advances to 4-0 in dual matches this year with the win.
Of the six golfers that participated, Central’s top four – which determine the team’s final score – included Ashton Denton (38), Ryan Walters (40), Korey Taylor (41) and Denver Swann (46).
The top Bainbridge golfer, Tucker Green, shot an even par (36), and the other three notched scores of 43, 47 and 49.
“It went very well for us today,” Central golf coach Sam Holland said. “We always like playing at Country Oaks because it gives us a little home field advantage. We’re very fortunate to have a course like this here because their staff are pros and awesome for what they let us do.”
Thursday’s match was the third this season that the Jackets have won at Country Oaks, which also serves as Central’s primary practice facility.
The Lady Jackets also participated, though not in the capacity they’d hoped, as Bainbridge did not send their girls squad.
Nonetheless, Central took the field alone, and Logan Covington was the low medalist with a 58. The girls play again next Thursday against Lee County.
The boys eye the Muscogee County Invitational at the Maple Ridge Country Club in Columbus next week, which Holland said will present the Jackets an even mix of challenge and ease.
“It’s a very difficult course with a lot of tough shots. The greens are super fast,” he said. “But with it being a tournament and not a dual match, there’s a little less pressure. It gives the guys a chance to work on some things during competition while treating it somewhat as a practice.”
There will be 15 teams that participate in the Columbus match.