Hale wins Class I state golf title

By NEMS Daily Journal

Molly Hale relied on her short game at Canton Country Club and it paid off.
The Ingomar High School junior won medalist honors Tuesday with a two-day score of 154 in the MHSAA Class I golf state tournament.
“My driver didn’t work as well as yesterday, but I played my short game exceptionally well today,” Hale said. “I made long putts, a lot of up and downs and my approach shots were pretty good from about 100 yards in.”
Hale birdied four holes each day, as talented Our Lady Academy seventh grader Presley Baggett was giving chase. The two shared a group both days, but Baggett missed more putts than Hale.
Hale, who finished second as an eighth and ninth grader, led Baggett by one stroke following Monday’s opening round.
She beat Baggett by two strokes Tuesday for a three-stroke win.
“Canton is a really tight course. She stayed out of a lot of trouble and her putting was exceptional,” Ingomar coach Mike Conway said.
“Baggett really pushed her both days. Molly just never gave up the lead.”
Tupelo High senior Mallory Lesley saved her best for last in Tuesday’s MHSAA Class III state golf tournament at Sunkist Country Club in Biloxi.
Lesley recorded a two-day total of 86-83–169, then defeated Warren Central’s Karley Whittington on the first playoff hole to capture second place behind medalist Emily Ross of Hancock.
“Mallory played great,” Tupelo coach Mark Enis said. “She played some solid golf. She was dealing with some small greens and handled them really well.”
The Lady Wave finished fifth in the team standings behind Lesley, Margaret Hill and Savannah Ingram.
“I thought we did pretty well playing with two seniors, one who has only played two years (Ingram) and a seventh grader,” Enis said.
Itawamba AHS freshman Carlee Nanney put together two solid rounds Monday and Tuesday, 88-82 – 170, to finish third overall in the MHSAA Class II state golf tournament at Sunkist Country Club in Biloxi.
The Lady Indians, led by Nanney and Hayleigh Pierce placed sixth overall.
New Albany finished third overall behind the play of Lauren Dunlap, Lenzi Sanderson and Lucy Martin.
Contributing: Gene Phelps, Brandon Speck

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