Tiger golfers open season  at Wildcat Invitational

Members of the 2020 Lady Tiger golf team include (l-r) Megan Heath, Laura Kate Kessler, Kristen Crooms and Laney Tootle.

The Metter High Tiger Boys and Girls’ Golf team started the 2020 season with the Richmond Hill Wildcat Invitational held at Savannah Quarters on Feb. 29.

The Lady Tigers finished in 3rd place with a score of 295. The Wildcat Invitational consisted of four players with the top three scores totaled to calculate the team's total score. 

Kristen Crooms was tournament low-medalist with a score of 83. Laura Kate Kessler scored 101, Laney Tootle scored 111 and Megan Heath scored 115. Glynn Academy won the tournament with a score of 285.

The boys finished in 5th place with a score of 338. Ian Glanton tied for low round but lost due to regression with a score of 74, putting him in 2nd place. 

Cole McCranie scored 85, Lawson Salter 86, Jackson Longgrear 93, Gentry Tootle 94, Collin Bowen 97 and Brooks Longgrear 99. Savannah Christian won the tournament with a score of 324.

The Lady Tigers traveled to Douglas to compete in the Neil Graham Invitational on Monday, March 2, and finished in 2nd place. The tournament format was like that of the Wildcat Invitational. 

Kristen Crooms captured another low-medalist for the tournament as she scored a 76. Laura Kate Kessler scored 85  and Megan Heath 101. The team’s total was 262.

On Saturday, March 7, both Tiger golf teams traveled to Jekyll Island. The Lady Tigers participated in the Red Ryder tournament which was played in a scramble format. The Tigers competed in the Johnny Paulk Invitational which was an individual and team tournament.

The Lady Tigers had a lot of fun as this would be different from the individual competition they are used to playing. 

Kristen Crooms and Laney Tootle partnered together to shoot a score of 78. Laura Kate Kessler and Megan Heath partnered together to shoot a score of 83. Woodward Academy won with a score of 66.

The boys battled the wind and cold as they started the tournament off as the first group at 8 a.m. Ian Glanton would chip in on his final hole to shoot a score of 72 and finish as the tournament low-medalist. The chip-in on the final hole was the determining factor as he was tied with two other players. 

Jackson Longgrear scored an 84, Cole McCranie 87, Lawson Salter 88, and Gentry Tootle 99. The team total was 331. Richmond Academy won the tournament with a score of 298.

Both teams will compete in the Taylormade Invitational on March 20 in Waynesboro. The Tiger girls will be defending their title for the 3rd year in a row. The Tigers are looking to capture their first Taylormade title.

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