April tournaments offer chance to bring home eighth championship overall and third in a row.
In any sport, it’s always an edge to have experience on your side. Throughout history, there have been countless sayings about the value of experience. “Experience is the best teacher,” “Experience is the teacher of all things,” “Experience can’t be taught” and Einstein’s “The only source of knowledge is experience.”
In life, experience helps build wisdom. In sports, experience helps win championships.
This year’s Baldwyn Bearcat golf team, coached by Michael Gray, has plenty of such experience and has two state championship trophies from the past two seasons with a goal to add number three. 2017 and 2018 had high hopes for a championship. This year those hopes have been replaced by expectations.
Baldwyn, who won last year’s championship over Nanih Waiya by six strokes, brings back last season’s top four golfers in Garrett Gray, Ethan Carmichael, Lawson Gamble and Maddux Richey. With experience on their side, the team’s expectations for another state title could soon be realized when the season concludes.
“The season is going good,” said senior golfer Garrett Gray. “We are looking forward to a great year and hopefully winning another state championship.”
The season had already seen success with the team winning their last three matches. This past week, the team got a win over Corinth (174), TCPS (176) and Belmont (184) with a score of 164. Garrett Gray was the medalist with a 37. Ethan Carmichael shot a 39, Lawson Gamble a 42 and Maddux Richey with a 46. Seth Bratton finished with a 47.
The week before, the team won a big victory with a win at the Alcorn Central Invitational at Hillandale in Corinth. The team score of 323 was good enough for first place. Baldwyn got a 68 from Gray, a score of 80 from Richey, an 84 from Gamble and a 91 from Carmichael. Bratton turned in a 94.
Baldwyn will keep its sites on bringing home the programs eighth state championship with the district tourney taking place on April 16 and then the state tourney on April 29-30.