Wind plays with prep golfers
PREP PUTTER Winston Powell, a junior at Lamar, putts on the fourth green at Northwood Country Club during Tuesday's tournament. Photo by Carisa McCain/The Meridian Star
By Jeff Byrd / staff writer
March 27, 2002
A cool, breezy and damp Northwood Golf Course provided quite a test for prep golfers here at the Lamar School Golf Tournament on Tuesday.
The conditions were not enough to slow down Petal's Shea McGee who shot a three-over-par 74 to claim medalist honors. McGee was playing for the Petal Panthers marking the first time a Mississippi High School Activities Association member school has taken part in the Lamar Tournament.
Taking team honors were the host Raiders who had three players shoot in the 70's. Lamar finished with a 316 team score, 10 strokes better than second place Petal who came in at 326. Jackson Prep was third at 330.
Taking fourth place was McComb Parklane at 332 followed by Jackson Academy 333, Columbus Heritage 338, Leake Academy 358, Oak Hill 360 and Copiah Academy at 418. Lamar's B-team also competed but did not post a team score.
Lamar head coach Doyle Bryan, whose team won the Academy Overall championship last year, said quality depth paid off for the Raiders on Tuesday.
Bryan was also elated to have Petal compete in the tournament.
McGee said that Northwood was a bear with the wind and the rain, but playing against the academy programs was a big plus.
As for his round, McGee said it was a challenge.
Kevin Jones of Copiah was two strokes back of McGee with a 76 as was Parklane's Beck Troutman who also had a 76.
Lamar then broke in with Winston Powell firing a 77 followed by J.T. Williamson with a 78. He was tied by Heritage's Buck Brown who also had a 78.
Kennedy was next with a 79. Lamar's foursome was rounded out by Derrick Smith's 82. The other A-team members were Randy Boyd Thompson at 88 and Blake Smith with a 91.
Leake Academy was led by Britt Moore with 85 followed Arrick Ellis with an 86, Jay Gulley had an 88 while Josh Moore came in at 99. Allen Wagner had the fifth score at 102.
Behind McGee for Petal was Shane Murphy at 82, Matt Langford and Matthew Shoemaker with 85 apiece. Clay Bounds led the Lamar B-teamers with an 88. See more results on D2.