Lions advance to State Golf Tourney for second straight year
Manila advanced to the 3A State Golf Tournament for the second consecutive year with a third place finish in last week's regional tournament held at the River Oaks Country Club in Searcy.
The Lions tied for third with host school Harding Academy, forcing a play-off for the state tournament bid. Manila's Michael Shedd and Garrett Scott each parred the first play-off hole, while their opponents had a par and a bogie, giving the Lions the win and a trip to the state.
Shedd led the Lions with an 83, followed by Scott who shot an 87 and Andrew Nelms who fired a 90. The top three scorers from each team were taken for the total to determine the final score, as Manila finished with a 260.
Riverview won the tournament, shooting a 246, giving them a nine stroke victory over second place Brookland, who finished with a 257.
Manila's Aaron Wallace also participated and shot a 91 for the Lions.
"We are really pleased to be going to the state tournament for the second straight year," said Manila Coach John Deaton. "All of our golfers except Michael improved on their scores from last week's district tournament. Michael still played well, but didn't shoot the score he was capable of or we might have taken home second place. The other kids stepped up and really helped out. Michael has the capability of advancing to the overall state tournament, which will take the top three golfers from next week's state event."
A total of 72 golfers from 12 schools will compete in the state tournament which will begin on Monday, Oct. 6, at the Balboa Country Club in Hot Springs Village. "Our kids are really excited about making the trip," said Deaton. "We will get a practice round on Sunday, Oct. 5, before we begin play the next day. We are going into the tournament in good form and are looking to compete hard and have a lot of fun. I think we are going to have a very good tournament."