Eagles run away with title

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Ridgway Christian Eagles won the Arkansas Association of Christian Schools state golf tournament on Tuesday with a team score of 270 at the Stone Links Golf Course.

“There is no great coaching going on here,” Ridgway head coach John Young said. “We are just trying to make the kids realize their potential.

“We have volunteers who come in and help. Some our parents but others are from the church or the school and have been extremely helpful.”

Young also said he has received volunteer help from the Jaycee Golf Course.

Senior Micah Cottrell led the Eagles with an 80 to win medalist honors. Teammate Grant Bias placed second overall with an 84.

“Our team team captain, Micah, is a dedicated golfer,” Young said. “He is one of the best golfers in the state and he is playing with us.

Young said he expects Cottrell to play golf for a college team next year, but he did not know where specifically.

“Right behind him is Grant, who thinks golf is just the best sport on the planet. Those two guys were clearing pulling our team ahead and then we got some help from a strong third and fourth player.”

Ridgway shot a 270 as a team which was 27 strokes better than the team that placed second.

“I think 297 was the next closest, and then it kind of trickled down from there,” Young said. “Most teams usually win by five or six strokes, but we were well ahead in first place.”

Caleb Hickman, Ridgway’s third player, has had the biggest improvement this year according to Young.

“He has had a fabulous year and is significantly the most improved,” Young said. “He took 20 strokes off in his 18-hole round. He added significantly to our ability to win.”

Young said this year has been good for Hickman, who just become more mature and stronger.

“He is just improving and getting into his game,” Young said. “The more he plays, the better he gets.”

Young said he has a good core group coming back next season and hopefully can continue to have the type of success that they had this year.

“Hopefully we pick up a couple fellows that were on the sidelines,” Young said.