Our season didn’t end, although I was expecting it to, with the North State Tournament as we came in 2nd for our class / category of school. That enabled us to go to the State Tournament a week later which ironically was also played outside of Mississippi. It was held at Frenchman’s Bend in Monroe, LA, a 2 ½ hour drive from Benton.
As it so happened, the school’s athletic banquet was being held the day before the golf event so it was not possible to take advantage of playing a practice round the day before the tournament. Right after the banquet we drove over to Monroe so as to be as fresh as possible for the golf event. That put our players at a disadvantage even before the first drive was hit.
It was a beautiful day so my advice to the players was to simply enjoy themselves at the event and not get discouraged if they didn’t play well. They had earned their way to playing golf in the first State tournament in almost 10 years for the school.
I am proud to say that two of our six players did score in the 80’s for the 18 hole event, which under the circumstances was very good.
They all learned a lot and as the saying goes, “There is always next year.”