The Lexington boys’ golf team fell just short of a berth into the Region 7 A-AA tournament last season, but senior Colin Meyer was not willing to allow that to happen again this year.
Meyer shot a 3-over 75 to finish in a tie for second low medalist and push the Tigers into a second-place finish with a 338 at District 14 A-AA tournament at Jackson National on Monday.
“We have worked really hard for this,” Meyer said. “These are my best friends, so to do this together is exciting.”
South Fulton won the tournament with a 317, while McNairy Central finished third with a score of 350 for the three teams that advanced to next week’s region tournament at The Farms.
Meyer said that his putts were driving his low score on the day, and he had two birdies to back that up.
Ethan Phillips (80), Zac Douglas (84) and Noah Small (99) finished out Lexington’s team score. South Fulton’s Justin Johns (73) was medalist.
Meyer was not the only player in the tournament to shoot a 75, as Gibson County senior Mason Chandler also shot a 3-over. The two faced in a playoff for the No. 2 finisher with Meyer sinking a putt to win.
Chandler, like Meyer, is also working to take that next step as he has come up just short of the Class A-AA state tournament for the last couple of season.
“Maybe I can make the state tournament this year,” Chandler siad. “I have been close the last three years.”
Chandler said that his irons were working best for him on Monday, and he was happy with his score considering the few times he had played the course and the conditions.
“It was wet and nasty early,” Chandler said. “This was only the fifth or sixth time that I have played this course, so there was an unknown. When you know a course, it is a lot easier.”
Meyer said that is also a problem for him going into the region tournament.
“Only one of us have ever played The Farms,” he said. “I know it is in good condition. We are all going to have to score well.”
Joining the three boys’ teams at the region tournament will be Chandler, Bradford’s Kobe Eddings (76), Bolivar’s Ian Clark (77) and Chad Driver (80) and South Side’s River Scoggins (79).
The same three teams reached the region tournament on the girls’ side as South Fulton won the district title with 202, beating McNairy Central by six strokes (208). Lexington came in third with a 210.
McNairy Central’s Emily Hamm shot an 88 to earn low medalist in the tournament by three strokes over South Fulton’s Taylor Rogers (91).
Joining the three teams at The Farms next Monday for the region tournament are Chester County’s Whitley Lovelace (103), Greenfield’s Hope Radford (107) and Anna Grace Huggins (116), Union City’s Alex Parks (116) and Bolivar’s Zoe Smith (116).
Michael Odom, 425-9754