Sam Holland simply hoped for a top five finish from his golf squad this weekend.
The Thomas County Central coach told the team that momentum heading into next week’s region tournament was vital.
The Jackets heeded Holland’s call and answered with a first place finish at the Northside-Warner Robbins Invitational at the Landings Golf Club on Saturday.
Central’s golfers, which posted a combined 315, ousted 14 other teams on Saturday in what Holland called one of the biggest tournaments of the season.
Hunter Courtney shot a 76, Denver Swann shot a 79, and Corey Taylor and Ryan Walters each shot an 88 on the par-72 course.
“To be playing like we are at this point and to step up in a big tournament with one week until the region tournament, we’re right where we need to be,” Holland said.
Central is thriving behind its green group. The Jackets have no seniors and are comprised of four freshmen, four sophomore and two juniors.
Speaking of, Ashton Denton was the low medalist of the aftneroon with an even-par 72.
Holland said the pretext for Central’s youthful success is its prosperous middle school program led by Ferris Taylor.
“What he’s done over there makes me extremely excited about the future,” Holland said. “We’ve got freshmen coming up right now that are competing in tournaments, and that’s because of the work [Taylor] is doing before he sends them to me.”
“The future is only going to get brighter.”
Central now eyes next weekend’s 1-AAAAA tournament at the Maple Ridge Country Club in Columbus, which will feature all six region teams.
The Jackets will play a its final scramble exhibition on Monday at Country Oaks with Thomasville and Early County to prepare.