The Northeast Alabama Community College men’s golf team was unable to overcome a tough start to its 36-hole match on Friday.
The Mustangs trailed by 23 strokes after 18 holes before trimming a few shots off that deficit during a match with Georgia Northwestern Technical College at the LaFayette (Georgia) Country Club.
“We didn't play as well as we hoped. We have to play smarter and putt better as a team,” said NACC head coach Darrel Kirk. “We fought hard and played a little better in the final round, [but] we couldn't get but a few shots closer.”
Brody Rickles led the NACC effort with 36-hole score of 154 (78-76). Corey Wheeler shot a 155 (78-77) while David Stewart shot a 157 (83-74), John Austin Dolberry a 161 (81-80) and Ethan Everett a 164 (82-82). Playing as an individual, Jake Jenkins shot 163 (77-86).
NACC teams play in Wallace State Invitational — At Cross Creek Golf Club in Cullman, the NACC men finished 12th in the 15-team men’s tournament while the NACC women placed 15th.
The men’s tournament was a three-round event while the women’s tournament consisted of two rounds.
Stewart shot a three-round 224 (73-75-76) and Wheeler shot 225 (72-76-77) to pace the Mustangs’ effort in the men’s tournament. Everett shot 244 (78-82-84) Dolberry shot 250 (86-87-77) and Rickles shot 264 (87-88-89).
Kirk said the Mustangs “played okay. We finished 12th out of 15 teams but were only 12 strokes from eighth place.”
For the NACC women’s team, Kassidy Cunningham shot 202 (98-104) while Bailey Raulston shot 218 (110-108), Kelsey Draper 228 (111-117) and Presley Higdon 229 (115-114).
Kirk said the players must “be more confident and consistent in their play.”
The NACC women’s team plays this weekend in the Snead State Invitational at Guntersville State Park.