CCHS golf makes another run to sub-state

Published 4:14 pm Monday, May 15, 2017

The CCHS golf team did it again, by reaching the sub-state competition for the second straight year.

Bailey Price, Cole Headley, Nash Cox, Carson Watley and Turner Watley competed as a team, while Adi Argent took part as an individual in the girls’ portion of the event at Cider Ridge Golf Club in Oxford on May 8.

Cox shot the low round at sub-state with a 77. The team shot a combined score of 335, following an 84 by Price, Headley with 86, Carson Watley with 88 and Turner Watley with 99.

“Cider Ridge has a lot of hills and it is long,” CCHS head coach Ryan Price said. “It will wear you down.”

The scores were similar to what CCHS shot in sectionals to qualify as one of the final eight teams in Class 6A.

Headley was the one that went low in sectionals with a 77, as the Tigers finished with a combined score of 333.

Headley and Cox took their turns responding to the big stage in a major way in back-to-back weeks and conquered the respective courses en route to their sub-80 rounds.

“We kind of came in as underdogs, and shot about the best that we’ve shot all year,” Price said.

Adi Argent represented the Tigers as an individual in the girls division of Class 6A.

According to Price, posting those low scores is all about consistency and the ability to have easy par puts.

“When we practiced over there, we hit a lot of balls out of bounds,” Price said. “We went into it thinking about keeping balls in the fairway and playing it safe.”

After a rough practice, the Tigers bounced back and hit less than a handful of balls out of bounds during the sectional round.

That mindset changed during the sub-state, where only the top two teams would advance.

“We were just going for it,” Price said. “Hit the “big dog” every time.”

Sectionals were held at Auburn University Club in Auburn and took place on May 1-2.

It was a close battle for the final transfer spot, with CCHS narrowly beating out Helena by two strokes and Pell City by three strokes.

“We had to wait until the final guy came in for Helena to see what he shot,” Price said. “When you advance by two, you know that one little shake can be the difference.”

Adi Argent averaged a score of 104.5 during sectionals and sub-state.

“She hit her driver as good as I saw a person hit it,” Price said. “She was way down there past everybody else.”