Longhorns sink field in four-way prep match


Photo by Ivan Sanders
Aaron Greer taps in a short putt for Unaka.

By Ivan Sanders
STAR STAFF
isanders@starhq.com
With the 2003 prep golf season winding down quickly, like sand in an hourglass, several local golf teams are beginning to find their stroke and gain momentum in the process.
The Johnson County Longhorns shot a team total 176 and held off a furious charge by the Warriors of Happy Valley, who carded its best team score of the season with a 180, to take a four-way prep golf match at Elizabethton Golf Course on Tuesday afternoon.
Sullivan North and Unaka were the other participants.
"Our guys seem to be getting better toward the end of the season and that is what you want to see," said Happy Valley coach Rik Anderson. "Ricky Morgan has shot in the forties the last three rounds, and shot a season-best 40 today, along with Ryan May, who carded his best score so far with a 48."
Gary Evans of JC shot the lowest round of the day with a 38 while teammate Jesse Gilbert carded a 40 along with Morgan, good enough for a second-place individual finish.
Sullivan North recorded a 183 team total, paced by Jason Montgomery with a 42 and Brandon Morelock with a 46.
Unaka carded out with a 210-team score for the match. Daniel McInturff showed the way with a 46 while Derek Cline's 50, Aaron Greer's 52, and Tyler McCann's 62 finished out the day's tally for the Rangers.
It was the Warriors that had the most to be excited about, though, as the team cut 13 strokes off the previous team low score for the season.
B.J. Townsend registered a 43 for second-lowest individual score for HV while Matt Howell's 49 and Justin Davis' 57 closed out the Warrior's ledger.
The Longhorn's closed out its side of scoring column with Scott Cornett shooting a 47, followed by fellow Johnson County linksters Matt Story and Matt Stout being separated by one stroke at 51 and 52, respectively.
"Things have really been shaping up," said Anderson on his team's performance. "That is what it's all about -- improving each time out."