Jackson County coach A.J. Sibcy believes his team can still bring down its scores, and the Lady Panther golf team will have one more chance to do that.
Cierra Gunnin shot an 88 Monday as the Jackson County girls finished with a 302 at sectionals to place fifth and qualify for the state tournament May 16.
“All in all I wasn’t upset at how we played,” Sibcy said. “I believe that we still are a better team than what we showed, but the scores were inflated across the board. It was a very difficult course. I am very proud of all of the golfers.”
Gunnin finished with the team’s only sub-90 round. Megan Paiter (104) and Allie Holder (110) also scored.
“Cierra did her usual, but Megan played great after a pretty tough weekend of practice,” Sibcy said. “Allie did awesome. She grinded out a decent round after she started pretty shaky.”
Jordan Puckett, returning from an injury, shot a 120, though her score did not count.
“I cannot say enough about Jordan and just the way she competed,” Sibcy said. “She was out all year with a torn labrum. It is no easy task coming back and playing 18 holes without any other match experience this year.”
The state tournament is set for Pointe South Golf Club in Hephzibah.
“I can’t wait to get to state and see how we preform down there,” Sibcy said. “Hopefully we can play to our potential and finish in the top 10, or maybe even higher.”