By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw County High School Chargers, fresh off their third consecutive region championship, finished fourth in the state in the MHSAA Class 3A State Golf Tournament played at Patrick Farms Golf Course in Pearl.
Booneville won the 3A state title, while Belmont finished second and St. Andrews third. Preston Payne, a freshman at CCHS, fired an 86-88-174 to lead the Chargers in the state tourney, with finished with a two-day total of 777 in the 18-team event.
The rest of the five-some representing CCHS in the state tourney were Tres Gammill, Adam Threadgill, Spencer Power and Brian Threadgill. Jacob Makamson also contributed heavily for CCHS throughout the season, while Connor Jewell, Colin Clark, and Paxton Hammons are also members of the team.
The Chargers won the region tourney played at Lakeview Golf Course in Meridian on April 24, which also included Choctaw Central, Forest and Southeast Lauderdale. Gammill was second in the region event with an 84, while Adam Threadgill was third with an 88.
“We are young and we have most of the team coming back,” said CCHS head golf coach Gary Beals. “We need to improve on our medalist scores, but I’m hoping a some birthdays will take care of that.”