Warmer temps this week should mean lower scores on high school links.
By Gene Phelps
Monday’s weather forecast, which calls for cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 60s, should make for better golfing conditions than those Mark Enis has seen recently.
Tupelo High School’s golf coach hopes the warmer weather brings lower scores … starting this week.
“All of my guys started slow because the weather’s been cold,” Enis said. “But, as the weather started warming up, our scores started going down.”
The defending MHSAA 5A state champions, 2-0 in matches this season, return to the links Monday when they host the inaugural Tupelo Invitational at the Tupelo Country Club.
The seven-team, 57-player tournament field features Tupelo, Baldwyn, DeSoto Central, Itawamba AHS, Madison Central, New Albany and Saltillo.
Madison Central’s lineup includes defending state medalist Thomas Watkins while the IAHS team features Chad Ramey and female teammate, Ally McDonald, who will play from the boys tees.
“We’d never done anything like this for spring break,” Enis said. “We wanted to do something to get some of the better local teams around here involved, get more players involved.
“We want this to grow and we eventually hope to get girls teams involved.”
Four starters return
Tupelo has four starters back from last year’s championship team – sophomore Fletcher Johnson, senior Bo Reed and freshmen Wilson Reeder and Noah West.
“Fletcher works as hard as anybody on our team,” Enis said. “These guys have all gained experience in tough situations. They aren’t just taking up spots, they’re putting up numbers for us.”
Three players are currently battling for the one open spot left vacant by 2007 state champion Jeremy Self.
Tucker Napier, a junior will play the Golden Wave’s fifth spot Monday. A senior, James McAuley, and junior Eric Symes, are also in the battle for the final spot. They’ll both play on Wave’s second team in the Tupelo Invitational.
“The competition is great right now on our team,” Enis said. “We’re always playing for something, always qualifying and playing for spots on the team.”