While the opening bell for the 2019 school year was still reverberating through the halls, Massac County's golf teams were gearing up for the fall campaign.
The girls team, hit hard by graduation losses, went north to Forsyth to play in the Prep Tour Showcase event at Hickory Point Golf Club, which will be the site of this year's Class 2A state tournament.
The 16-team field was probably the toughest field any of the participants will see all year. Not unexpectedly, the Lady Patriots weren't factors in the overall outcome. Lincolnshire Stevenson was four strokes better than Normal University High with a team score of 310 to Normal's 314. Edwardsville, Bloomington Central Catholic and O'Fallon rounded out the top five finishers.
Below the top five the field was bunched with scores in the 340-350 range. Massac County finished 13th at 354.
Not quite the results the girls were wanting, but all in all, a good way to start off the year. The early, tough competition has always yielded nice results come October, and there's no reason to expect less this year.
Coach Adkins' boys team went on the road also, just not as far north, as they traveled to Anna to play in the A-J McDonalds Challenge.
Adkins, like his counterpart Glass, also suffered some graduation losses and is looking to find a five or six piece band of his own.
Benton -- led by freshman Cy Norman, who blistered the Union County course with a nine under par 62, shattering the old tournament record -- walked away with the team title with a smoldering score of 295. Norman shot an unbelievable seven under par 28 on the U.C.C. front nine.
Massac County finished right about the middle of the pack [7th of 16 teams] with a score of 340. Marion, Nashville, Carbondale and Herrin rounded out the top five.
Massac County was led by senior Micah Troutt, who fired a one over par 72 which was good for a tie for third. Troutt lost a chip-off to Trico's Eddie Brees and settled for fourth overall.
The other scorers for Massac County were Noah Matesevac with an 84, Hayden Summers with 89 and JJ Sweatt who shot 95.
Benton's performance wasn't really surprising as they swept to their fourth straight A-J title although Norman's unreal round seemingly came out of the blue. Norman played his first IHSA tournament round last Thursday and shot 81.