Be it the familiarity to their home course or a full year of improvement, the Warren County Middle School golf teams have gotten off to a great start in 2011.
Both girls and boys team have began the season by winning three straight matches, two of which were played at McMinnville Country Club.
Coach Betsy McBride’s teams began the season on April 1 with wins against Avery Trace Middle School, then followed it up with wins over Cumberland County Middle School at Bear Trace course in Crossville and returning back home for a win over Algood Middle School last Friday.
On the boys side, it has been a team effort as Nick Stern and Liam Brock have taken turns leading the Pioneers.
Stern, an eighth grader, led the Pioneers in their season-opening win over Avery Trace by shooting a 42 in nine holes at McMinnville Country Club. Griffin Jones added a 47, while Liam Brock and Brock Watson both shot 50 to comprise the team’s four-man score of 189. Warren County’s 189 easily defeated Avery Trace, whose top four players combined to shot 241.
Liam Brock turned in his best round to date when he led the Pioneers with a 42 at Bear Trace last Thursday. Stern was close behind with a 44, while Jones and Brock Watson both finished at 45.
Warren County totaled a 176, narrowly edging Cumberland County, whose four-man score was 186.
Stern was once again at his best when he got back on the course at the Country Club. Stern shot his second-consecutive 42 at the course, which was a team-best. Jones was right behind with a 46, while Liam Brock and Bracton Womack shot 48.
The Pioneers combined to shoot 184, which was 40 strokes better than Algood Middle School’s 224.
While the boys scoring has been spread out, two Lady Pioneers have been consistently good to help their team to 3-0.
Saylem Powell and Brittany Myers have been the clear-cut No. 1 and No. 2 players for coach McBride’s squad.
Powell has played particularly well at home, as she turned in two sub-50 rounds at the Country Club. Her best round was a 44 in the Lady Pioneers most recent match, a 99-105 win over Algood.
Myers came in with a 55 against Algood, narrowly edging teammate Brynn Craven, who shot 56.
Powell was also the Lady Pioneers leading scorer when they traveled to Crossville last Thursday. Powell shot 52, while Myers turned in a 56, as Warren County won 108-121 against Cumberland County.
Powell’s first sub-50 round came against Avery Trace in the season opener. She shot 47 through nine holes, while Myers turned in a 55 scorecard, to help the Lady Pioneers defeat Avery Trace 102-131.
Both Warren County teams will be back in action Friday with a make-up match against Franklin County. The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers are scheduled to compete at 4 p.m. at McMinnville Country Club.