By John L. Pitts/NEMS Daily Journal
It doesn’t surprise Corinth golf coach Keith Greene that Northeast Mississippi teams, including his Class 3A champions, have won all four of the state golf titles contested so far this week.
“We’re playing some very good golf around here,” Greene said. “We have played two of the other champions, Baldwyn (2A) and Itawamba (4A), and they are real good.”
Corinth edged St. Andrew’s by a stroke, 680-681, in Madison.
Ripley’s Reed Lindsey put together back-to-back 77s for a 154 total, then won individual medalist honors with a par putt on the second hole of a playoff with Taylor York of Choctaw Central.
Corinth held a five-stroke lead over St. Andrew’s after Tuesday’s first round. It initially appeared the teams were tied after the completion of 36 holes, but tournament officials reviewed the scorecards and found that a penalty stroke against Corinth had been incorrectly applied.
“Everybody got a little tense” as the results were reviewed, Greene said. “We thought we had it locked up.”
Looking back, Greene noted that Corinth’s John Mathis knocked down an eight-foot putt on the final hole, while St. andrew’s top golfer missed a seven-footer. “It didn’t seem like that big of a deal right at that moment.”
It turned out to be a very big deal. To make the plot even thicker, St. Andrew’s golfer Daniel Duddleston had nailed a hole-in-one on the 143-yard No. 15 in Wednesday’s final round.
Three of Corinth’s five golfers improved on their first-round scores on Wedneday. Three Warriors finished in the individual top 10 – Collins Burns (79-86–164, fifth), Mathis (81-86–167, tied for sixth) and Alex Tull (86-84–170, 10th). They were joined in the final score by Blake Farris (90-89–179, tied for 16th).
Booneville posted a 30-stroke improvement between rounds (378-348–726) and finished fifth.