White Hall’s Trey Prince improved one stroke from Wednesday’s outing, firing a three-over 39 to claim medalist honors Thursday afternoon at Pine Bluff Country Club.
“He started the year out on fire,” White Hall coach Steve Edwards said. “He was our No. 1 golfer for our first three matches. He actually shot a 77 at Hot Springs Lakeside, which I thought was really good. Then he got sick the next two matches and backslid pretty good. We moved him down in the rotation a little bit but he is working his way back to the top.”
White Hall secured its second straight win over Watson Chapel, compiling a 165 total. Watson Chapel finished at 182.
“Traditionally, Pine Bluff plays a couple of strokes harder than Harbor, even though this is our home course,” Edwards said. “Harbor is wide open and allows for more mistakes. This is a tight course. I am pleased with the consistency of the team though.”
Jeffrey Manning followed Prince with a 40, Jake McNulty signed for a 42 and Drake Wrinkle carded a 43. Manning improved two strokes over Wednesday while McNulty picked up one stroke.
Tanner Jones and Dalton Barker paced Watson Chapel with 44s, Regin Reginio shot 45 and Trent Bogey crawled into the top four with a 49 after carding a 53 at Harbor Oaks the day before.
White Hall also fielded a B-team, including returning linkster Duncan Bellingrath with 44. It was Bellingrath’s first match back since having his tonsils removed.
“It was good to get Duncan back after he missed the first six meets,” Edwards said. “He is still a little bit weak and his game is not true to form. He shot a 44 today but that’s a start. It was good to have him back.”
Reese Roberts led the second team with a 42, Will Johnson shot 46, David Norwood carded a 47 and Michael Ingram signed for a 49.
“From top to bottom with the 10 I played everyone was in the 40s and most were under 45,” Edwards said. “That makes us competitive. Hopefully those scores will get better when conference time rolls around. Playing at Hot Springs Lakeside or Hot Springs Country Club is going to be tough. We have to toughen up a little.”
Edwards said there were a couple of things the Bulldogs could do to improve on Thursday’s scores.
“We have to be a little more consistent getting up and down and things like that,” he said. “And we have to be a little smarter on club selection too. That’s going to be a big factor. We have addressed that issue and I think some of them paid attention to that today.”