In this age of pandemic protocol, Massac County High School and Metropolis Country Club did their best to put on a normal golf tournament last Saturday and their efforts came close.
Sixteen five-player teams were allowed and Massac fielded two extra teams with boys and girls JV teams getting their feet wet in tournament play. Limitations on team sizes, recommendations for the spectators to “social distance” themselves, the recommendation for spectator masks, limits on customers in the clubhouse, the banning of spectator carts, and on it went, but things went about as smoothly as one could hope for.
When the dust cleared Massac County’s girls team had squeaked out a six stroke win over Mt. Carmel for the first place hardware. The girls win, under new head coach Mallory McVey, followed Massac’s tried and true formula of balanced scoring. All four of Massac’s “scorers” (top four of five players) broke 90 and two broke 80. Hamilton County’s leader Kylee Vaughnn was the only girl to break par and actually led the overall tournament scoring with a two under par 69 to claim medalist honors on the girls’ side.
For Massac, Mckinnley Korte led the way with a tidy 76, Lily Conkle was close on her heels with a 78 and freshman Elise Coakley was in the hunt with an 81. Rounding out Massac’s scoring was Alexis Frazine with an 87 bringing the team total to 322. Josie Walker had a 95 as Massac’s fifth varsity player. Massac’s JV was led by Olivia Heine with a 92, Delaney Williams shot 94, Hannah Heine came in at 103, Katie Frazine had 106 and Izzy Hawes shot 115 to complete the JV scoring. While Massac County and Mt. Carmel were doing battle for the girls’ title, there was a 51 stroke drop-off down to third place with Harrisburg taking third with a team score of 379.
Benton took the boys’ side led by Cy Norman’s one under par 70. The Rangers had three boys in the 70s and their fourth player just missed with an 82 for a strong team total of 305. Massac’s boys just missed third place with a 351 to Harrisburg’s 350. Massac was led in scoring by Isaac Burnett with an 86, John Stephenson shot 87, Hayden Summers shot 88 and JJ Sweatt shot a 90 for Massac’s total of 351. Freshman Preston Summers shot 96 in his tournament debut. Massac’s JV contingent was comprised of Braeden Johnson-91, Bennett Neeley-92, Austin Burnett-96, Luke Maurer-109, Andrew Maurer-113 and Carter Searles at 117. Hamilton County finished second on the boys’ side with a team score of 340.