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’Jackets’ Rawls a good bet for state

’Jackets’ Rawls a good bet for state

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 12:03 pm

’Jackets’ Rawls a good bet for state | ’Jackets’ Rawls a good bet for state
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Press Sports
A bet Haley Rawls made four years ago is continuing to pay off handsomely.
The Greenfield senior, who only took up golf via a playful family wager, qualified for the state tournament for the second consecutive year Tuesday with an upper-tier finish in the Region 7A-AA Tournament at Milan Golf and Country Club.
Rawls shot an 88 to be among the top four individual finishers to earn a return trip to the WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester, where the Class A-AA State Tournament will be played next Tuesday and Wednesday.
As a junior, she placed 26th in a 52-player field on the same course last October.
Rawls will carry the Weakley County banner alone to the event, despite solid showings from several other players at three of the county’s four schools at Tuesday’s regionals that were postponed a day by rain and played on a soggy course.
Westview freshman Houston Haag gave a good accounting of himself in his first such experience on the prep level, carding an 82. Haag shot a 40-42, missing out on advancing to the state level by just three shots.
Dresden’s Ty Roberts also came in with an 82, narrowly coming up short of a trip to the state with a score that included a 37 on the back nine. Lion teammate Peyton Williams registered an 87.
Greenfield’s Tony Robinson, the fourth Weakley County player to compete as an individual in the event, shot two 43s to finish with an 86.
The Greenfield girls squad that earned a regional trip with a third-place district finish, placed fourth among the six-team field with a 219 total.
McCall Scates shot a 131 to combine with Rawls’ total. Ashley Tucker took 18 shots off her district tournament score with a 133.
In addition to the tournament champion in both girls’ and boys’ play, the top four individual scores posted not from those No. 1 teams earned spots in the state tournament field.
Joining Rawls in that group via their regional performance was Union City’s Mollie Stone (89) and McKenzee Pane of South Fulton, who shot a 95. Like Rawls, Stone will be making back-to-back state trips next week after she qualified as a sophomore in 2010.
The extensive downpours the two days before that reportedly dumped more than five inches of water on the course didn’t rain on Rawls’ parade back to the state.
Her score was identical to the one she recorded on the same venue in district play exactly one week earlier.
And while Rawls’ last two outings have not been up to par with the stellar play she exhibited during the season when she won every event in which she competed, she nonetheless has lofty expectations for next week’s state tournament.
“The Top 5 is my goal. I think I can do it if I play my game,” she said after posting nine-hole scores of 47 and 41 in Tuesday’s play and being one of four medalists.
“Last year I was 26th, I think. The course is a little different from the ones around here in that it’s longer and the greens are a lot faster. But I’ve played it before and I know what to expect now.”
On the boys’ side, South Fulton’s Chase Mayfield earned his third successive state tournament berth by shooting a 79.
Mayfield, who finished seventh in the Manchester field last year and was just two shots off the lead after the first day, carded a 39-40 in Tuesday’s regional. He was also medalist.
Host Milan also won the team portion of the boys’ tournament.
Published in The WCP 9.22.11

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