CCHS wins county golf tournament

Published 5:37 pm Monday, March 27, 2017

Chilton County High School won the 2017 county golf tournament after shooting a team score of 307 at Clanton Country Club on March 21.

The Tigers fended off Thorsby, Jemison and Isabella en route to capturing the title and the bragging rights that accompany it.

Bailey Price had the low individual round of the tournament for the second straight year with a 71, while his teammate Carson Watley earned runner-up honors with a 76.

They were the only two players in the tournament to shoot in the 70s. Nash Cox, Cole Headley and Turner Watley each narrowly missed the feat by posting 80.

As CCHS head coach, Ryan Price does not only get to savor the team accomplishments, but also those of his son.

“It’s hard to believe my son has gone from seventh grade, just trying to hit one straight on the driving range, to winning back-to-back county tournaments. It’s amazing how far he’s come.”

Bailey Price was two-under heading to the sixth hole and had opened up a six-shot lead approaching the end of the front nine. However, he hit a tree on hole eight and triple-bogeyed.

Ryan Price was doubly proud as head coach of the CCHS golf team and father of Bailey Price, who shot a low round of 71 and was the top individual for the second straight year. (Contributed photo)

Fortunately for Bailey Price, it would take a lot to unravel the advantage created by his hot start and he showcased consistency throughout the rest of the day.

“Suddenly the pressure started to get to me,” Bailey Price said. “I found out later in the round that I still had a decent lead and that one- or two-over on the back could secure it.”

Carson Watley is only an eighth grader and has really grown confident in his game since he picked it up in the fourth grade. His two older brothers played golf at CCHS and it continues to feel the right fit for him as well.

“It’s something that I’ve enjoyed,” Carson Watley said. “It’s peaceful when you’re out there playing. I thought maybe I had won it, but then I walked in and saw that Bailey just turned something on.”

According to Carson Watley, his short game and driving distance are aspects of his game that have improved over that time.

“Having two older brothers that are playing in college now, he sees what can happen with hard work,” Ryan Price said. “Smart and safe is his game. He avoids trouble and can save par a lot of times, because he puts so well.”

The event was 18 holes and divided up players into foursomes that mixed and matched multiple schools based on comparable playing partners.

Thorsby finished in second place and 42 shots off the pace, with a score of 349 that was highlighted by multiple rounds in the 80s.

John Ryan Wood posted a team-best 84, while Tyler Jackson shot an 87 and Cole Hight and Koby Davis each finished the day at 89.

Jemison’s highest score came from freshman Gentry Scott, as she strung together a round of 82. The Panthers finished third as a team at 391.

Despite bringing up the rear with a 439 team score, Trey Vessicchio garnered attention from the Isabella camp with a 92.