Unaka plays first golf match

By Ivan Sanders
After all the deluges that have pelted the area the last few weeks, Wednesday proved to be a glorious day with a hot sun kissing the greens of the Elizabethton Golf Course for the season's first high school golf match of 2003.
When all was said and done in the 29-player match, the Elizabethton Cyclone linksters came to the front of the class by shooting a team total 167, a 16-stroke cushion over runner-up University High with a 183. Sullivan North finished the day in third with a 196, followed by Unaka, playing in the school's first golf match, with a 199 for fourth place and Happy Valley rounded out the five-team match with a 202.
"I think the guys really played good aside from being a little nervous," said Cyclone coach Dave Rider. "I am really pleased with the kids' effort today."
Low-round winner Bradley Brown recorded a one over par 37 for the nine holes played pacing the Cyclones attack. Teammate Eric Carter provided a one-two punch for the Cyclones by logging a two over par 38.
Other individual low scorers included a 41 by Unaka Ranger Chad Lewis, and 43s from EHS golfer Craig Shaw and UH's Rachel Ingram -- one of two ladies playing for UH.

Leaders for each respective team included the following results: Lewis's 41 for Unaka, a 44 from Shawn Wright of Sullivan North, Ingram's 43 for UH, Matt Howell with a 45 for Happy Valley, and Brown's 37.
The story of the day was the participation of Unaka in its first golf team match. Ronnie Snavely is leading the youthful program that consists of Lewis, Daniel McInturff, Chad Grindstaff, Tyler McCann, Aaron Greer, and Derek Cline.
"We just received our memberships a couple of weeks ago," said Ranger senior Grindstaff. "We've not had a whole lot of practice time, but we all have tried to get in as much time on the course as possible to get ready and improve."
Also a highlight was the play of the Junior Bucs Ingram, who along with Candace Williams, fills two of UH's six spots.
Some of the same teams that participated in Wednesday's match will be playing at Warriors Path Golf Course in Kingsport today at 10 a.m. in the Watauga Golf Classic. A roundup of Wednesday's action can be found in the scoreboard section of today's STAR.