River Scoggins might not have played his best golf Tuesday, but given it was the first tournament of the school year there’s plenty of time to improve.
It was good enough for a score of 39 over nine holes, though, making the South Side senior one of the top individuals at Tuesday’s early-season match at Chickasaw Golf Course in Chester County.
South Side’s team score of 170 narrowly beat Chester County’s 172. Hardin County’s team score was 188 and Trenton Peabody’s 222.
“I really need to work on my putting and my chipping. It’s not terrible, but it could always use work. And my driver off the tee, I’m long but I don’t know where it’s goin’ right now,” Scoggins said with a grin.
Scoggins has been regularly shooting in the mid-70s over 18 holes at home course Woodland Hills. He doesn’t know his college plans yet, but he hopes to play golf competitively and has talked with coaches at both Union and Bethel.
Chester County sophomore Jaden Cupples and junior Ryan Hodges each shot 39 Tuesday to tie Scoggins.
Chester County’s coaches agreed those two enjoy the game and have worked hard, and they feel confident about the top four or five Eagle boys.
Samuel Ross shot a 40 to help the Hawks win.
“We’ve been getting a lot better, especially our three and four main guys,” Scoggins said. “Last year we finished second in districts. We played exceptional. We could have done better, but we played really well.”
Hardin County had three golfers in the mid-40s, and Trenton Peabody’s Creed Temple shot a 45.
A couple Chester County girls shot in the low 60s, and Haley Hopkins led Hardin County’s girls with a 64.
Numerous West Tennessee golf teams will play at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Invitational Thursday afternoon at Jackson Country Club. That event was postponed due to Monday morning’s storms.
Craig Thomas, 425-9634