By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo High B-team golfers Kirk Reeder and Hayden Solomon accomplished their goals in Tuesday’s four-way match against Tupelo’s A-team, Corinth and Oxford.
In doing so, the two freshmen golfers won medalist honors after recording even-par 9-hole rounds of 36 in gusty 30-mph winds at the Tupelo Country Club.
“That’s pretty impressive,” Tupelo coach Mark Enis said. “I wasn’t expecting that from them. Not in those conditions.”
The Golden Wave’s four-time defending state champion A-team won the team competition by three strokes with a 155 score.
The Wave B-team placed second at 158 while Corinth third at 160 and Oxford fourth with a 166.
Reeder’s goal was to beat his brother, senior Wilson Long, a Mississippi State commitment. Wilson Long, who is coming off an offseason ankle injury, recorded a 3-over-par 39.
“He has told me that I’d never beat him in a high school match,” the younger Reeder said, then smiled.
Eagle for reeder
Reeder’s round, which included six pars, was highlighted by an eagle on the par 5 No. 1 hole, the second hole he played. He bogeyed the his first hole, the par 4 No. 9.
“I just wanted to hit it up the middle,” he said of his eagle. “My second shot was 235 yards, with a 5-wood, to within about a foot of the hole.”
Solomon’s quest was to break 40 on the TCC course. He shot a 39 Monday at the Natchez Trace.
“This feels amazing,” he said. “This is the best tournament round I’ve shot on nine holes.”
Solomon just missed recording an eagle on No. 5 when his 15-foot putt rolled a birdie-tap-in distance past the hole. His biggest putt was a 30-footer for birdie on No. 4.
“That got my adrenaline pumping,” he said.
Austin Rose paced Tupelo’s A-team with a 37. Hayden Buckley added a 38 while last year’s 6A state medalist, Noah West, recorded a 39.
Corinth’s Alex Tull shot a 37 while teammate Collins Burns had a 38. Oxford’s Turner Arnold also had a 38.