Apparently, it doesn’t matter which slot Sable Burnside and Terrie Linn Lawson play for Morristown East’s golf team. Because on Monday afternoon, they both shot the same low score.
Lawson was at No. 1 and Burnside was at No. 2, but those numbers proved meaningless as the duo helped the Lady ‘Canes roll to a 17-stroke victory in a tri-match against Morristown West and Greeneville at The Country Club.
Both girls carded a three-over-par 39 for the team total of 78, far ahead of runner-up Greeneville (95) and third-place Morristown West (102).
“I’m really happy with the way they played. I think they’re starting to see that improvement in their game,” East coach Lance Helton said. “We’re going to keep working. We want to be here (score-wise) when it’s tournament time, and really just want to be as competitive as possible on those days.”
And even better, Burnside admitted to Helton upon returning to the clubhouse that she left “one or two” strokes on the course, a clear sign of improvement and a desire to get even better according to the coach.
As it was, Burnside birdied Hole 2 to help lower her score with Lawson making birdie on Hole 5.
Macy Drinnon (46) and Callie Morrow (50) represented the Lady ‘Canes as well.
For West, Savannah Wampler rebounded from shooting the highest score on Thursday to finishing with a team-low 50 in Monday’s match. Jamie Shepard finished just two strokes behind her with a 52 to make up the Lady Trojans’ team total of 102. For Shepard, it was a far cry from her 130 at the 18-hole Mike Mills Morristown Invitational Tournament two weeks before.
“Our girls are all learning and they’re all improving. If we can just keep building and keep working as a team, we should be in the low 90s pretty soon,” West coach Ralph Noble said. “Savannah stepped up and kind of took the lead today, and Jamie is starting to become the golfer she knows she can be.”
Laryn Reed (56), Bri Polk (65) and Katie Cranford (70) also golfed for West on the girl’s side.
Maddie McCullough (47) and Lexi Humbert (48) led Greeneville to a second-place finish with 95.
Greeneville edged West by four strokes to claim first place in the boys match, led by scores of 40 from Carter Beach and Charlie Strange while Alex Broyles (42) and Dougie Fezell (44) rounded out the team score of 166.
But a highlight for the Trojans has been the emergence of freshman Sloan Brooks, who played in the No. 1 spot on Monday and shot 39 which included birdies on Holes 3 and 5. Not bad for his first time in the No. 1 position.
“We like seeing him step up and rise to the occasion. We’re just proud that today he stepped up and took that challenge,” Noble said of Brooks. “Sloan is showing that he can play at that level. We’re hoping he will continue to mature physically, but his approach is to go at every shot…and you like that fire. He seems to play well when he puts that weight on himself.”
Kevin Campbell (42), Eli Steisslinger (43) and Noah Morrison (46) made up West’s team total of 170.
Brock Shultz (49), Clayton Brockwell (51), Aidan Townsend (52), Rylin King (54), Kaelan Cook (56) and Andy Lovell (77) also played for the Trojans.
“If it was a 7-hole match, everybody’s cheering. But we play nine holes, and we have to learn how to finish strong,” Noble said. “I’m comfortable with who we are, and I think we’re going to be really good as the year goes on.”
Sawyer Spoone shot the match-low on the boy’s side, finishing at 2-over-par 38.
The most remarkable statistic about Spoone’s round — he accomplished his score without scoring below par on any of the nine holes he played.
“He was so close on a lot of putts, just inches,” Helton noted. “I think the biggest takeaway is we’ve still got to continue to work. Some of the guys had a really good practice day a few days ago and they’re working really hard to get better. The ability is there to shoot much lower scores, so we just have to work harder and find that consistency with them.”
Chase Carden (45), Daniel Lindbom (48) and Logan Branham (50) accounted for East’s team score of 183 while Ethan Rachal (51) and Aidan Price (55) represented the Hurricanes as well.
Both teams hit the links again on Thursday as East returns home to Millstone and hosts Carter and South-Doyle while West takes on Cherokee at McDonald Hills.