Golden Wave rises to occasion

BELDEN – While it was a 24 strokes off the pace of last year’s score, the end result was the same for the Tupelo High boys golf team.
On Monday, the Golden Wave successfully defended its Division 1-5A tournament title by shooting a 316 at the Tupelo Country Club, a good 30 strokes better than second-place DeSoto Central and 45 strokes ahead of third-place Starkville.
All three of those teams qualified for the state tournament on Monday.
A year ago, the Wave shot a blistering 292 at the Cherokee Valley Golf Club in Olive Branch en route to winning the Division 1-5A tournament. Tupelo would then go on to win the MHSAA Class 5A state tournament in Jackson.
“There’s always going to be some stout competition down in southern Mississippi, but we got four out of five returning starters from last year’s state championship team,” said Tupelo senior Bo Reed.
Reed added that he likes his team’s chances of repeating, but it certainly isn’t a lock for his team.
Nonetheless, the Wave look like a pretty solid contender when considering that none of the five Tupelo golfers shot above 90 on Monday afternoon. The seven other schools competing in Monday’s tournament had at least three golfers shoot 90 or above.
Not to mention, Tupelo had the top two individuals during Monday’s round, which means those three golfers will compete in the individual state tournament in Jackson.
Fletcher Johnson was the medalist with a 77, while Noah West shot a 78 and Reed finished with a 79.
The 79 wasn’t even close to Reed’s best round at the Tupelo Country Club. The Meridian Community College commitment once recorded a 68 on the Tupelo course.
“I putted really well,” Reed said of Monday’s round. “I didn’t hit the ball too great.
“Of course, it could have been a lot better, but overall I’m not disappointed.”
Rounding out the Tupelo scores was Wilson Reeder with an 82 and Tucker Napier with an 86. Napier’s score didn’t count in the team total as only the top scores for each team were counted.
That said, Napier’s score was still better than the best individual score for five of the teams competing in Monday’s tournament.
Though, it wasn’t better than what the Lacy brothers did for Starkville.
Junior Kyle Lacy shot an 80, one stroke better than his brother, freshman Ryan Lacy. The two would lead the Yellowjackets, who as a team shot a 361.
“We go back and forth a little bit, but we both enjoy it,” said Kyle. “It’s just fun to have competition.”
Logan Maddox (95), Ben Newman (105) and William Rednour (113) rounded out the scoring for Starkville.

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