Indian golfers finish fifth in state

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

While Baldwyn rolled to its fourth consecutive MHSAA Class 2A State
Golf Championship, the Ackerman High School Indians also had a
successful season, finishing fifth in the two-day state tourney held
at Mississippi State University last week.
AHS finished in the middle of the nine-team field, besting sixth-
place Loyd Star by a whopping 49 strokes.
“I was very well pleased with our overall effort,” said Ackerman head
coach Gary Beals. “You always would like to finish higher, but we did
what we set out to do.”
Baldwyn won the event by scorching the par 71 MSU course with a two-
day total of 614. Bruce shot a 644 to finish second. Calhoun City was
third with a 658, while Union was fourth at 671 and Union fifth at 693.
“Baldwyn had the second lowest 36-hole score of any team in any of
the classifications in all of the state tournaments,” Beals said.
“They are just that strong.”
Bad weather kept the scores fairly high on Wednesday, but they
decreased as the course dried out some on Thursday.
Tyler Thomas shot a strong 79 on the first day and combined that with
an 89 on Thursday to lead the Indians with a 168.
“He was really putting the ball well (on Wednesday),” Beals said of
Thomas. “He made a couple really big ones.”
Alex Foust was second for AHS with an 85-84 — 169, while Kent Vaughn
had a two-day total of 172, including a team-best 81 on Thursday.
Mark Beals finished with a 183, while Dylan Jones carded a 234.
Union’s Andy Ogletree, a freshman, won medalist honors for the second
straight year, firing a 69-67 — 136, beating the next-best individual
score by 14 strokes.