Dawson Springs Golf achieves 9-hole goal

photo by Scott Dillingham

Gage Smiley, a freshman on the Dawson Springs High School golf team, tees off on the seventh hole on Saturday at the Marshall County Invitational at Calvert City Country Club.

The Dawson Springs High School golf team has achieved one of its goals it made at the beginning of the season. The team shot under 200 in a 9-hole match.

The Panthers achieved the feat on Tuesday night in a match at Deer Lakes in Salem against Livingston Central, Crittenden County and Hardin County, Ill.

The team of five guys shot a 196, which wasn't good enough to beat Livingston or Crittenden, but enough to beat Hardin County's 230. Crittenden had 179 to Livingston's 189. The medalist was Livingston's Darit Barnes. He shot a 37. Crittenden's Sam Greenwell had 39 strokes.

The Panthers's scores were 45 for freshman Gage Smiley, 49 for sophomore Addison Whalen, 50 for junior Carlton McCuiston, 52 for junior Harrison Davis and 61 for freshman Grayson Brewer.

"I'm really happy with Gage," said Coach Scott Dillingham. "Forty-five is bogey golf. He can play golf."

Dillingham added that Smiley will need to work on consistency with 18 holes. This is his first year playing and he was much more relaxed Tuesday than he had been.

The coach was also impressed with Davis. "He's got potential," he noted.

For the girls, Lauren Gilchrist from Crittenden County was dubbed medalist with 38 strokes. Panther golfer Brylee Spurlin shot a 64.

The team came off a rough time at the Marshall County Invitational on Saturday at the Calvert City Country Club.

The host team won the tournament and the best golfer was Marshall County's Jay Nimmo with 65 strokes.

The Panther five shot a 407. Whalen led Dawson Springs with a 96. Smiley was 3 strokes behind. Senior Ethan Huddleston shot a 102 and classmate Trey Blanchard had a 110. McCuiston rounded out the team's score with 112.

For the girls, sophomores Spurlin and Maddie Huddleston shot a 148 and 107, respectively.

"It was a long day," Dillingham said. He added that the team had 2 or 3 bad holes and couldn't overcome it.

Panther golf heads to Boots Randolph Golf Course at Lake Barkley State Resort Park today to face Trigg, Graves and Calloway counties.

On Monday, Dawson Springs hosts Fort Campbell and University Heights Academy at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park.

Tuesday is the day of the county match. Hopkins County Central, Madisonville-North Hopkins and Dawson Springs will face off at Madisonville City Park.