It’s the program’s sixth state championship in golf
Going into this year’s state championship tournament, the Baldwyn golf team knew if they kept focused and stayed consistent, that they would be holding the trophy on day two. After day one, where the Bearcats found themselves four strokes behind the leader, Baldwyn kept their focus, ignored the rainy conditions and brought home another state championship for the proud golf program.
The championship tournament held Dogwood Golf Course in Grenada saw Walnut take the first day lead with a 338 while Bruce followed closely with 339. Baldwyn trailed just four strokes back with a 342 but knew day two could go their way if they played up to their ability.
“I told my team on Wednesday that I wasn’t bothered by us being behind,” coach Michael Gray said. “I thought if we could stay around the same score that we’d have a good chance.”
And that is exactly what they did. While the other teams on the leader board struggled, Baldwyn stayed consistent and turned in another 342 for day two. After the final scores were added up, Baldwyn had won with a total of 684 while Bruce finished second. Walnut fell to third with a 714.
“I felt pretty confident about it because I knew that if we went out and shot around the same score that we would have a really good chance to win it,” said Baldwyn golfer Garrett Gray.
Gray led the Bearcat charge with a two day total of 160 (80, 80). Ethan Carmichael turned in a 167 (86, 81) while Lawson Gamble finished with a 189 (86, 83). Maddux Richey shot a 198 (90, 98) with Westin Phillips shooting 220 (116, 104).
This was the sixth state championship for the Baldwyn golf program who won five in a row from 2010 through 2014. With a young team, the Bearcats hope to continue the success in the years to come.
For the other teams involved, Union finished fourth with a 721, Pisgah finished fifth with a 729 and East Webster finished sixth with a score of 767.