The annual Keith Maxwell Invitational Golf Tournament had ideal conditions Tuesday as teams from across Middle Tennessee met, enjoyed moderate temperatures and a slight breeze during the 30-year plus annual event held at McMinnville County Country Club.
With consistency being the key word, the Warren County teams did just that as the Pioneers finished in fifth place out of nine teams with a score of 333. The Lady Pioneers were fourth with a team score of 176.
“The weather’s great, a little warm, a good day for golf,” said Warren County golf head coach J.W. Holt, who felt his teams were able to use this opportunity for upcoming regional play. The girls golf team also was playing well with a Rhea County tournament win already under its belt.
The Warren County boys were playing steadfast, fielding Bracton Womack, Levi Craven, Peyton Haston and Nate Cantrell. On the green for the Lady Pioneer golfers were Valeria Vargas, Alli Mingle, and Ireland Moore.
“We’ve been playing well all season,” Holt added. “Bracton’s been our most consistent golfer.”
Womack enjoyed a strong outing with a third-place individual finish after shooting 75.
Warren County’s Mia Cantrell played an individual round for the tourney and felt good mid-course.
“It’s going better than I expected,” she commented off the green.
Making his way around the fifth hole with temperatures warming a bit, Bracton felt comfortable. “I got off to a good start,” he said.
Ireland Moore was more concerned at the halfway mark. “It’s not too great (so far),” Moore said who felt she could have improved on a couple of shots.
The Keith Maxwell Tournament is traditionally a popular event, drawing golfers from around the Midstate.
“It’s wonderful to have the kids out here, with the parents and grandparents enjoying watching,” said Phil Whisenhunt, McMinnville Country Club president. “It’s a challenging course so a good score out here is well deserved.”
“I felt we should have a done a little better with it being our home course,” Holt said.
The team is focusing on putting speed before its next matchup with White County in Sparta. The game will begin at Sparta Country Club at 11 a.m.