The Warren County Middle School golf teams had their struggles last season, but the perseverance seems to be paying dividends this season.
The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers remained undefeated this season when Warren County easily defeated Tullahoma on Monday at McMinnville Country Club.
As has been the case in the first two matches at McMinnville Country Club, the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers seemed very comfortable playing on their home course.
The Pioneers’ four-man score edged Tullahoma 180-197, while Saylem Powell and Brittany Myers both shot 49 to help the Lady Pioneers to an easy 98-142 win.
Coach Betsy McBride’s boys team has counted on the steady play of Nick Stern and Liam Brock this season, but it’s been the back-end play of a number of players which has kept the Pioneers undefeated.
On Monday, it was Brock Watson who came up with his best round to help the Pioneers finish with four sub-50 scores on the front nine at McMinnville Country Club.
Watson shot a 48, including the team’s lone birdie. Watson had no trouble handling the par-5 No. 9, knocking a long drive off the tee and sinking a short putt to go in the red for one hole.
Many of the Pioneers also showed their skills on the par-3 No. 7.
Though the hole is the shortest on the front nine, a huge pond separates the tee box from the green.
The water hazard didn’t seem to bother Warren County, as Stern, Liam Brock and Griffin Jones each made par on the hole.
It was Stern’s third par in a row, as the eighth grader played even on No. 5, 6 and 7. Jones also made par on No. 6 as Stern and Jones played in the boys top foursome. Bracton Womack also managed par on No. 5.
Stern turned in a 42 scorecard to lead Warren County, while Liam Brock followed with 44. Jones shot 46 and Watson’s 48 rounded out the Pioneers’ 180 foursome score.
Monday’s win ran the Pioneers record to a perfect 4-0.
The Lady Pioneers also improved to 4-0 as Powell and Myers worried less about besting Tullahoma and more on trying to beat one another.
Both Lady Pioneers players turned in impressive rounds and neither left with bragging rights as Powell and Myers both shot 49.
It was the third-straight sub-50 round for Powell at McMinnville Country Club, while Myers shot a season-best by six strokes.
Powell was at her best on holes No. 6 and 7, as the eighth grader shot par on both holes. Myers didn’t hit par during the round, but had a number of impressive scrambles for bogey, including chipping over a bunker nearly 30 yards to within five feet on No. 1.
Coach McBride’s teams traveled to White County yesterday in search of their fifth wins. Results from the match were unavailable at press time.
The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers will hit the road again tomorrow when they take on DeKalb County at RiverWatch Golf Course. Tomorrow’s match is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.