Riverside golfer ties for top District title

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Chaney McLean, ninth grade student at Riverside Junior High, tied for first place in the high school district golf tournament.

Lady Rebel Chaney McLean qualifies for Regional Golf Tournament. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

The tournament was held on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Sage Meadows in Jonesboro.

Chaney only started golfing this summer and this is her first year to participate in high school golf competition.

Chaney had a good day at Sage Meadows shooting a 57 to tie for the title in individual competition. She is the only girl and the only freshman on the Riverside golf team.

"We have girls coming up next year who are interested in playing golf," Chaney said. "Hopefully we will have a team next year."

High school golf coach Kevin Hall said she did a great job at the tournament.

"I played the same course on Sunday and lost three balls," Hall said. "Chaney finished with the ball she started with. She hit a 200 yard drive and did well off the tee boxes keeping the ball in play. I can't take credit for her success. She had a great instructor in Mr. Bond. When I saw her hit the first ball, I knew she had good training."

Chaney said she started playing golf this summer with her boyfriend, Zach and his dad Jeremy Bond, in Marked Tree. She joined the high school golf team one week before school started.

"Chaney has the patience and demeanor for golf and these traits add to her consistency of the game," Hall said.

Chaney is a cheerleader at Riverside and enjoys playing softball and riding horses. She said when she started playing golf, the game came easy to her and she fell in love with it.

"I had to learn patience when I started golf," she said. "My family is very supportive of me and I appreciate them."

Chaney is the daughter of Al and Regina Lunsford of Black Oak and Jarrett Harrell of Little Rock.

Winning the district tournament makes her eligible to compete in the regional tournament this week at Cooper's Hawk at Melbourne. She will play a practice round on Wednesday and the tournament is set for Thursday.

"I've never played there and I am looking forward to the experience," she said.

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