By Carey Reeder | Personal editor
The Chilton County High School boys team won the March 31 Clanton Country Club tournament with a score of 169. The Tigers beat Thompson High School and Dadeville High School who scored 171 and 209 respectively.
Freshman Ethan Jones led the CCHS with a team of 37 in the nine-hole contest. Sophomore Stephen Mahan shot a 38 to help the Tigers score low.
“It’s been a good week, we’re playing well but still looking for more consistency throughout,” said CCHS coach Paul Dubose. “Right now we are among the top heavyweights and need more consistency from my 2-5 golfers. One tournament, two will play well, then the next tournament, the other two will play well.
Mahan has regained his consistency for the Tigers and continues to drop his scores as the season progresses.
The Tigers have a busy week ahead of them starting April 5 at the Panther Invitational at Hampton Cover Golf Course in Huntsville. Hampton Cove is where the state tournament will take place May 9-10. There are 120 male golfers and 103 female golfers scheduled to play on April 5.
The CCHS will send its top five boys and girls to the tournament.
Dubose is trying to schedule tournaments at courses golfers will see at year-end tournaments such as Timberline Golf Course, which the Tigers have played a few times this season.
Having the opportunity to compete against quality competition, course management, and the opportunity to learn strengths and weaknesses are also things that golfers benefit from spending time on these courses.
When it comes to tournament time, Dubose’s message for his young golfers is simple.
“Play your game, your goal is to win your group. Don’t play outside of yourself,” Dubose said. “Don’t try to do too much, but be aggressive enough not to touch everything.”
Dubose’s goal is to have a team score of 320 for the CCHS by the time tryouts roll around. He feels like if they can shoot it, the Tigers could move on to the understate round. CCHS is between a 330-335 team score in most tournaments now.
“We still have a lot of golf left, but when you look at the schedule, it’s not a lot of time,” Dubose said. “I want them to enjoy playing, enjoying the moment and staying present.”
CCHS will participate in the Chilton County Tournament on April 7 with Jemison High School, Maplesville High School, Isabella High School and Thorsby High School all having golfers represented in the tournament.
Schools will play 18 holes starting at 9 a.m. at Clanton Country Club.