The JCHS Golf Team was back on track this week with at total of three matches at three different courses. Starting off at home, the Longhorns dominated the Hampton Bulldogs, 181-225 with sophomore Isaiah Penley once again taking the top spot on the ticket with a 43. Ironically, despite the overall win, it was actually a rough day for most of the players on the team, hitting at least a couple of strokes higher on average. The Bulldogs relied mainly on Stone Hutchinson, who brought in a 44, to help keep their scores down, but still came up short with several others in the top four coming in with mid 50s or low 60s.
Scores were up and down throughout the week, with possibly the biggest swings coming from Brandon Vannoy who started off with a 44 and a 40, before closing out at 48. According to Coach Steve Arnold, there are a lot of factors that come into play that make maintaining consistency difficult. Brandon has been like the weather lately, Arnold said about Vannoys fluctuations. He shot a 48, then a 46, then a 44, then back to a 48. A lot of it has to do with the course, as some are more difficult than others. For the past 10 years our best scores of the season have always been at Warriors Path, but it is so well maintained that it is easy to score well there. We had a 39 and three 40s for a 159, then go to Buffalo and shot a 181. That is just high school golf. If we dont miss any matches due to weather, we should be okay. We only lost to Tennessee High by 10 at Warriors, and they had beaten us by 25 at Tri-Cities. We played very well that day and actually had a chance to beat them. I was proud of their play.
As Coach Arnold explained, Johnson County had one of their best matches of the year so far at Warriors Path on Tuesday. Senior Nathan Timbs was back in top form, shooting a 39, while Penley, Vannoy, and fellow senior Morgan Eggers were just one stroke behind at 40. With an overall of 159, Johnson County claimed wins over both Sullivan North and Sullivan Central and gave even Tennessee High a run for their money.
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