AHS golf team qualifies for state tournament

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The magic number was 375.

The Ackerman golf team went into last week’s Region 2-2A Tournament
at Ackerman County Club knowing that as hosts of next week’s MHSAA
Class 2A State Golf Tournament in Starkville all they had to do to
qualify for the event was shoot a score of 375 or better.

That wasn’t a problem, as four Indians shot in the 80s for a total of
344 to eclipse the qualifying score by 31 strokes.

“I thought we performed well,” said Ackerman head coach Gary Beals.
“We had a few bad holes and some missed putts, but overall I was
pleased.”

Bruce won the Region 2-2A Tournament with an 18-hole total of 331,
while Calhoun City was second with a 334. Hamilton finished fourth at
363 and East Webster fifth at 432.

The low score of the event went to Cole Parker of Calhoun City with a
78, while Cameron Clarke of Bruce carded a 79.

Alex Foust led AHS with an 84, while Kent Vaughn, Mark Anthony Beals
and Dakota Brasher all shot 86s and Tyler Thomas carded a 91.

Among the teams to beat at the MHSAA Class 2A State Tournament being
played at the course at Mississippi State University next week, will
be Baldwyn, which has won the last three 2A state titles.
“Baldwyn is really good and they shot a 303 (last year),” Beals said.
“That’s hard to compete with. But if we make some putts and play
relaxed I think we have got a chance to finish near the top.”