Cougar and 'Hound Golf Teams in Action
The Rector golf team has received a significant infusion for the 2016 season.
Senior Cody Ails and junior Tyler Tinnin have averaged a 45 between them through two matches this season after transferring in to Rector High School.
Ails was low medalist after firing a 38 in a match at Sage Meadows in Jonesboro on Thursday. Tinnin finished four strokes off that pace at 42.
"They've been a great help to our golf program so far," said Cougars coach Matt Mills.
In a meet at Horseshoe Bend's Turkey Mountain, Ails tallied the low score for Rector with a 46, while Tinning carded a 54. Seniors Hunter Ellis (57) and Ethan Tracey (65) also recorded scores for the Cougars.
Rector finished third, behind ICC and Hillcrest, among the six teams in the meet.
Two days later, the Cougars finished second at Sage Meadows. Tracey recorded a 51 at the meet while Ellis added a 57 to complement the scores by Ails and Tinnin.
Other members of the golf team this season include juniors Kirk Beshears and Garrett Burns and sophomores Colten Lindsey and Evan Dooley.
"I have been pleasantly surprised by our start," said Mills. "I am really excited about the district tournament."
Meanwhile, the Marmaduke golf teams each won both the team competition and had individual medalists in a match at Piggott with Hoxie.
Senior Julie Foster won the girls' match medalist honors, while Luke Richey was match medalist for the boys at the meet last Monday.
"We've been pretty competitive in our matches," said Greyhounds coach Steve Richey.
Foster was the lone returning player on the girls' team and has led the way thus far during her final season.
"Hadliegh [Bynum] came on and I think she's going to be a pretty good golfer," Richey said of the only junior on the girls' team. Sophomore Erin Newell and freshman Tessa Bynum (Brown) are also on the girls' squad this fall.
Luke Richey, Chad Hall and Austin Hendrix anchor the boys' team as the senior class, while junior Corey Burks, sophomore River Raines and freshmen Trent Dowell and Devon Ivie round out the roster.
Both teams started their seasons before the start of school and maintain a busy schedule with roughly two matches a week. In addition to the match at Piggott, the teams have competed at Sage Meadows in Jonesboro, at Fox Hills in Paragould and at Manila.
The Greyhounds were to play Tuesday at Pocahontas before returning to Sage Meadows on Thursday.