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JCHS golf team takes third in match

The JCHS golf team continued to have success in their second week of matches, despite rain and scheduling conflicts. Reduced down to just two days of play, the Longhorns were still able to come out on top against talented teams like Elizabethton and Happy Valley. Once again a trio of amazingly talented players led Sullivan South to carry the overall match at Tri-Cities Golf Course but Johnson County was still able to pull off a fairly close third place ranking just behind Sullivan East.
“It’s all about practice, practice, practice,” Coach Steve Arnold said about trying to improve enough to take the top spot. “We have not played our best golf yet. Our biggest enemy right now is mother nature. If we can play at least three matches a week, our scores will improve. South and Tennessee High play well because they are on the course seven days a week playing or practicing. You have to get into a rhythm to play good golf.”
Despite the challenge, most of the key players in Johnson County’s top four spots were still able to pull out in the low to mid 40s. Senior Nathan Timbs was back with the lowest stroke count at 42, but teammates Morgan Eggers and Isaiah Penley were right on Timbs heels at 43.

“We have not really played bad all season,” Arnold said about the team’s most recent match. “I was very proud of the way they played at Tri-Cities Thursday after a five-day layoff. Nathan was very sick and started our seven over after four holes. He could have pulled a Tiger Woods and quit, but he got it back together and ended up two under, over the last five holes. Morgan also started slow, but was one under, over the final few holes for a 43. I don’t count these boys out. They have improved so much mentally that they will find a way to right the ship. Brandon Vannoy has been very steady this season and then there is Isaiah who has played great all year. You never know if Isaiah is five over or five under he is so mild mannered.”
A sophomore, Penley has been the big surprise so far, giving even his senior counterparts a run for their money.  “Isaiah has moved from number six last year to number one this year based on his scoring average,” Arnold explained. “You can just turn Isaiah and all the guys loose because you know they are capable of good scores.”

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