By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
SALTILLO – Big Oaks Golf Club was a gracious host for the two days of the 2012 Class 1A State Golf Tournament.
And the St. Aloysius golf team more than readily accepted its hospitality.
The Vicksburg school claimed its fourth state title in five years Wednesday, winning by 48 strokes.
“All was in place to win before we came here,” St. Aloysius coach Jim Taylor said. “The kids worked hard, so you have to give credit to them.
“And this was a great course to play on, which made it all the more fun.”
The champions had a 25-stroke margin after the first day of play over Ingomar, and that advantage stood up over the second round of play thanks to tournament medalist Nick Mekus.
The junior from St. Aloysius back up his first round 72 with another even-par effort in the second round. Mekus’ Wednesday round included a string of three birdies on the back nine at Big Oaks on holes 11-13.
St. Aloysius carded a 326 for Round 1, then posted 331 for Round 2 for a 657 total.
While St. Aloysius might have overshadowed the other schools in the tournament, Ingomar was on the whole, happy with its second-place finish over the two days.
“This is the highest any Ingomar team has ever finished in golf,” Ingomar coach Mike Conway said. “Today, the improved play of Molly Hale, and the consistent play of Chandler Thompson was key.”
Both Hale and Thompson posted rounds of 81 on Wednesday.
Host school Tupelo Christian Prep held down fourth, while Tremont was fifth.
Trailing Mekus in the medalist competition by 11 strokes, Hunter Hammett from Sacred Heart posted a 4-over 76 for Round 2 for a 155 total. Adrian Trutschier from Tremont totaled 158 for third, and Ingomar’s Thompson was fourth with 161.
Oxford wins 5A
Oxford closed strong to win the Class 5A golf championship on Wednesday at Columbus Country Club.
The Chargers (339-326-665) enjoyed a 13-stroke improvement from Tuesday’s opening round for a 11-stroke victory over first-day leader Pearl River Central (334-342-676).
Oxford’s Ward Toller (78-78-156) finished a stroke behind medalist Chase Taylor (77-78-155) of New Hope.
It’s the first 5A golf championship for Oxford and the first title for the program since 1998.