McNulty, Bulldogs second at home


The White Hall boys golf team finished in second place at its home course Friday.

The Bulldogs finished the Relyance Bank Junior Classic with a team score of 348 at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Harrison won the classic with a 335, led by medalist Wilson Marseilles, who shot a nine-over-par 80. Watson Chapel finished third with a 392 behind Regin Reginio, who cracked the top five with a 14-over 85. White Hall’s B-team shot a 437 and Little Rock Parkview rounded out the scores with a 515.

The White Hall girls team was the only female team to participate and shot nine holes. Camryn Ruggeri finished with a 43 to lead the team.

Junior Jake McNulty led White Hall with a 12-over-par 83 that tied him for second with Harrison’s Jake Badovinac.

“It should have been better,” McNulty said about his round. “I expect to break 80 when I play here.

“I don’t think I hit a fairway all day.”

Friday’s tournament was the third event of the season for the Bulldogs.

“At Hope I didn’t play too well,” McNulty said of his team’s first event. “I struggled on the front nine but shot well on the back nine to finish with a 79 at El Dorado.”

On Friday, McNulty struggled on the front nine and made the turn at seven-over-par. He was playing the back nine at one-over-par until a triple-bogey at No. 16 dropped him out of contention.

White Hall’s first-year coach Rieke Stewart liked what he saw out of his boys.

“We did pretty well,” Stewart said. “Harrison and (Hot Springs) Lakeside usually battle for state titles.

“With state being held (at PBCC) this year, Harrison was excited to come.”

According to Stewart, the final few holes were what made the difference.

“We played really well until the last four of five holes,” he said.

When asked about areas that need improving, Stewart said, “Just experience and being a little more mentally tough.”

Watson Chapel coach Matt Busch was pleased with how his team fared in its first tournament of the season.

“I thought Reggie played well,” Busch said of Reginio. “He’s our No. 1. We graduated our No. 1 from last year. …

“The more he plays the better he is going to get.”

The Wildcats’ No. 2 golfer, Dalton Barker, struggled to finish with a 91.

“Dalton wasn’t very pleased with his round,” Busch said, “but he’ll get better.”

The Wildcats’ Landon Colson and Trent Bogy both finished with 112s.

“Landon and Trent struggled, but both have been doing well in practice,” Busch said.

Busch was extremely proud of the 104 his team’s No. 5 golfer Griffin Penny shot.

“Griffin’s a freshman and today was his first round, so I was very happy with how he did,” Busch said.

Despite playing at a fairly unfamiliar course, Harrison finished with three of the top four scores as Bradley Riley shot an 84.

“I played here once two years ago,” Badovinac said. “I didn’t hit very many fairways.

“Also had trouble hitting the greens with my approach shot.”

Even with those struggles the soon-to-be junior was able to keep a mostly clean round.

“I got up and down a lot for par and bogey,” Badovinac said. “I was hitting the green with my approach shot.

“It was just pretty bouncy and didn’t stick well.”

The key for Marseilles was not letting his one bad hole ruin his round.

“I hit the ball pretty well,” he said. “Except for a quadruple-bogey.”

When asked which hole it was on, Marseilles said, “Don’t remember which hole; I already put it out of my mind.”

Aside from his quadruple-bogey, Marseilles put on a show for his parents and little sister who made the trip to watch him play.

“It’s the first time I’ve been medalist,” the soon-to-be senior said. “So it’s pretty exciting.”