Ails Takes Fifth Place in State Golf Meet
Rector senior Cody Ails trimmed four strokes off his district tournament score to remain in contention for the state title last week.
On Tuesday at Horseshoe Bend, He finished with an 86 at the Turkey Mountain Golf Course to finish fifth and claim all-state honors. His score was an improvement from the 90 he carded at the district tournament.
Teammate Tyler Tinnin, a junior, joined Ails at the state tournament and finished with a 108.
Ails' high finish carries on a string of all-state performances by Rector golfers. Kade Scott was a two-time state champion before his graduation last year.
While district medalist Ean Dunton shot a 91 to slide to 11th at the state tournament, Ails moved ahead on the leaderboard. Cody Workman of Izard County, who lowered his district score of 87 to an 82 at Turkey Mountain, kept ahead of Ails and finished second at the state tournament behind state champion Jacob Webb of Concord, who won by seven strokes with a 75.
Dalton McGinnis of Deer finished third with an 85 that tied with Izard County's Matthew Workman. Ails finished two strokes ahead of another Izard County golfer, sixth-place finisher Tyler Pemberton (88). Concord's Brooks Benton and ouachita's Lane Heard each finished with scores of 89, while Concord's Hunter Hartwick and Mt. Vernon-Enola's Logan Adcock both finished at 90 and Dunton rounded out the all-state performances with his 91.
Concord won the team title by a single stroke, its 254 barely edging Izard County's 255. The two teams were well ahead of the rest of the pack as third-place Scranton tallied a team score of 304 and Ouachita was fourth with a 313 and Shirley placed fifth with a tally of 316.
Hillcrest which edged Rector by just three strokes to qualify as a team for the state tournament, finished seventh at the state tournament with a team score of 326.
Prior to the state tournament, Rector coach Matt Mills said the school's golf tradition remains strong by sending golfers to the state tournament year after year.
"We're very proud of the fact that every year we are a competitive golf team and have players at the state tournament. There's not been another sport that has had back-to-back champions and to the state tournament five years in a row."
Tinnin had recorded a 97 at the district tournament to punch his ticket to the state tournament.