The inaugural Northeast Alabama Community College men’s golf team got its first taste of a large-scale tournament play last weekend.
NACC competed in the Ron Marshall Spring Fling golf tournament at Goose Pond Colony’s Lake Course in Scottsboro, posting a 15th-place finish in the annual event that featured teams from southern and Midwestern community colleges.
“This was the biggest tournament we have played in so far and I thought we played pretty well,” said NACC head golf coach Darrell Kirk. “We missed some shots we usually make, but with only four players, I thought we looked all right.”
NACC had a three-day team total of 987. Calhoun Community College of Decatur was the tournament champion with a score of 877. Calhoun edged runner-up Central Alabama of Alexander City by four strokes.
The individual champion was Central Alabama’s Jake Maples, who finished at even par after shooting a 5-under par 67 on the final day to win the title. Maples finished two shots ahead of a foursome of golfers that tied for second place.
Corey Wheeler of Pisgah was NACC’s top finisher in the tournament. He tied for 54th with a three-round total of 20-over par 236. Wheeler shot a 7-over par 79 in Round 1, a 6-over 78 in Round 2 and a 7-over 79 in Round 3.
“Corey Wheeler played good this week,” Kirk said, “but I am expecting more from him the rest of the year.”
Trevor Gibson of Rainsville tied for 65th with a three-round score of 26-over 242 (83-80-79) for NACC while teammates Cory Guffey of Pisgah tied for 78th at 34-over 250 (82-82-86) and Adam Everett of Trenton, Georgia tied for 84th at 43-over 259 (86-82-91).