(The Dragon golf team moved to 9-2 with a 177-205 win over West Hall Wednesday at Chicopee Woods Golf Course. Charlie Jarrett led Jefferson with a round of 41. Paul Dixon (44), Eli Griffin (45) and Daniel Kimmel (47) rounded out the scoring.)
WITH a lineup that mixes newcomers and more experienced golfers, Jefferson has played its way to an 8-2 start this year on the links.
The Dragons — who will host the county championships Thursday at Double Oaks — picked up their most recent win Monday, firing a 164 to beat Buford by 32 strokes.
“We’re getting low scores out of everybody in the top six right now,” coach Tom Parker said. “Our (number) six man has shot all the way down to 43.”
Freshman Charlie Jarrett leads a trio of Dragon newcomers to the high school team. Jarrett, who boasts the top scoring average on the squad, fired a season-low 36 March 19 against Commerce and East Jackson and posted a 37 this past Monday against Buford.
“He’s definitely got the golf game to play at no. 1 and compete against anybody in the region or the area,” Parker said.
Juniors Cooper Young and Hunter Gatlin joined the team this year, filling out a roster that already included seniors Daniel Kimmel, Eli Griffin and Paul Dixon.
“I’ve been pleased with their scores, too,” Parker said.
Parker noted that Griffin — who recently signed a football scholarship with Berry College — is playing only his second year of golf but posting some of the lowest scores on the team.
More than anything, the Jefferson lineup has been consistent through the first month of the season — despite rough weather and putting challenges on recently-aerated greens.
“I’ve been really surprised we’ve been able to get a couple of 36s, 37s and 39s,” Parker said, referring to some of his players’ individual scores.
Jefferson played its best collective round of the year last Wednesday (March 19) in the match against East Jackson and Commerce, shooting a 160.
“I thought that was a great round,” said Parker, who noted that different golfers in the lineup stepped up with solid scores.
To date, the Dragons have carded four team scores in the 160s.
“That’s kind of our goal this year is to be in the 160 range to give us the scores we need to hopefully compete at the region and give us a qualifying score for (the) Class AA (state tournament),” Parker said.
As for the Lady Dragons, they’re off to a 5-4-1 start after posting a season-low round of 89 against Buford Monday.
The Lady Dragons are “a pretty unique team,” Parker said, with five sophomores and one freshman.
Parker said that sophomore Madison Cornes has been a big part of that success, having posted six-straight rounds in the 40s.
“I’m just really pleased with that,” Parker said.
Jill Pratt is the team’s lone freshman and is one of the Lady Dragons’ top scorers. Pratt shot a 45 in the Jefferson’s win over Buford.
“She is just playing great right now,” Parker said. “I’m just so happy where she is right now.”
Parker also pointed to newcomer Caitlyn Cantrell who recently shot a 47 despite having only played six rounds of golf in her life.
The Jefferson girls have also scored very consistently this year with only two team scores greater than 100.