By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Ackerman High School golf coach Gary Beals was looking for a solid
round out of his team on Tuesday as they hosted the district golf
tournament at the Ackerman County Club.
While Beals was certainly hoping his team could finish first or
second in the event, what the Indians really needed was to shoot 375
or lower to qualify for the MHSAA Class 2A State Golf Tournament to
be played at Mississippi State University on May 1-2.
Since the Indians will be the host of the event, all they had to do
to reach the state tourney was to shoot the qualifying score of 375
or better. The way a golf’s team score is calculated is that the best
four scores of the five golfers participating for a school on the day
of the tournament are added together.
In order to qualify for the state tournament, schools must finish
first or second in their district tournament and shoot the qualifying
score in order to advance. Schools that are hosting the state tourney
in their classification only have to shoot the qualifying score.
The big difference between the district and state tournament and most
of the events high schools play during the season is that they are 18-
hole tournaments instead of nine-hole events.
The Indians, who are led by Alex Foust, Mark Beals, Tyler Thomas,
Kent Vaughn, Dylan Jones and Dakota Brasher won two dual matches last
week, defeating Nanih Waiya in one and East Webster in the other.
“My guys have really been consistent all year,” coach Beals said. “If
one of my guys has an off day, the others seem to pick him up. We are
a senior-laden team with a lot of experience.”