White Plains boys golf advances
by Al Muskewitz
Star sports writer
Apr 27, 2010 | 3502 views |  0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SILVER LAKES — At last year’s sectional tournament, Robert Cox and his White Plains golf team hung around the scoreboard at Twin Bridges Golf Club and sweated out the last few scores to see if they would advance to the next round.

They did the same thing at the sub-state tournament the next week at Silver Lakes, only to meet with disappointment.

There was no sweating Monday in the 2010 sectional at Silver Lakes. The Wildcats put three scores in the 80s and easily made it through to the next round.

“It was a little bit better this year,” senior Christian Rogers said. “Last year we were sweating it out a little, but this year we came in confident.

“I knew the guys were going to shoot good because they had been shooting good all year.”

Led by Rogers’ 83, the Wildcats posted a score of 349 to easily pull down one of the four team spots from Section 4 to make next week’s Class 3A boys sub-state tournament in Cullman.

They were the third-best qualifier, behind Sardis (333) and Glencoe (340), and well ahead of No. 4 qualifier Crossville (369). Sardis’ Jesse Force (79) parred the first extra hole to beat Glencoe’s Reece Wagnon in a playoff for medalist honors.

The four individual qualifying spots were grabbed by Weaver’s Chandler Fall (84), Pleasant Valley’s Cody Fortenberry (86), Glencoe’s Reese Tolbert (87) and Susan Moore’s Brent Campbell (84).

In addition to Rogers, White Plains also counted an 84 from eighth-grader Lanier Sealey, an 85 from sophomore Danson Smith and a 97 from seventh-grader Dustin Travis. Carson Sprayberry completed the lineup.

“I knew they could really compete,” Cox said. “We’ve been playing in some big tournaments and I really thought that got us ready to play here.

“The boys had been practicing hard and I thought we could place in the top four (Monday). I was very confident the boys would perform well (Monday) — and they did.”

Fall, a sophomore, survived a day of loose swings to make it to advance. His round was highlighted by birdies on Heartbreaker 2 and Mindbreaker 4 and driving the green on Mindbreaker 7.

“I just survived,” he said. “I wasn’t hitting them straight and I made a couple double bogeys, but when I had to make them, I made them.”

Fortenberry, a junior known as “Lucky” in his golfing circles, missed earning an individual berth in the sub-state last year by two shots. He had plenty of cushion this year, even with bogeying his last hole.

“I guess I did all right (Monday),” he said. “I bogeyed the last hole after hitting in the water. I’m kind of proud about that, but other that I really didn’t have that great of a day.

“I guess I’ll just have to light it up when I go to sub-state. I really want to shoot in the 70s, because I know I can do it.”
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