The Charleston Golf Team had the opportunity on Tuesday, August 16th to travel to Ft. Chaffee and play on Deer Trails Golf Course. They were met and welcomed by General Manager Bobby Lewis.

The Charleston Golf Team had the opportunity on Tuesday, August 16th to travel to Ft. Chaffee and play on Deer Trails Golf Course. They were met and welcomed by General Manager Bobby Lewis.

It had been awhile since I had been to the course on Chaffee but I was pleasantly surprised to see the clubhouse neat, clean golf products and very refreshing, a really nice restaurant and the personnel overwhelmingly friendly. Mr. Lewis has done a great job there but how about the course.

A super 9/18-hole course but a few holes change up on your second round. Like #3 played a par 4 first round but had a different green on the turn for a par 3.

The hard #4 hole was downhill, long distance and over a creek, and surrounded with a fence and road in the background. You had to walk across a bridge to get to the green. It wasn’t a TPC but #4 is a different wonderful picture perfect challenge. Second time around #4 had a complete different Tee Box location. Talk about nice and the greens were freshly mowed along with the nice fairways. This was going to be a nice challenge for the Tigers Golf Team. Schools from Paris, Mansfield, Booneville and Charleston began with a shotgun start.

An after school hours match so they were only going to be able to play 9 holes. Charleston was able to take a few extra players so Coach Crowley could evaluate some players for future match competition.

Things started off well for the Tigers but the other schools were keeping pace on every stroke. Michel Rankin broke to the lead in his group with several good shots. Coach Crowley noticed that young Tiger Hayden Smart was putting together some pretty good shots also. Brayden Ross, a big freshman hits long drive and put together some short game shots that would pay off at the end. Brayden is also quarterback for the Charleston Junior Tiger Tiger football team, so his workouts help condition him for his golf game. Brandon Walthall, a lefty put together some awesome chips and made one 30ft putt and put together a decent game. Dalton Haney is bringing his game together real well.

Deer Trails is a pretty good test for many different skills including sand traps, which some of the players found. Boonville put together some good rounds but all together it was a good match in which Charleston came out on top again.

On Thursday, August 18th the Tiger Golf Team traveled to Caulksville for a match with Paris, Danville, Mansfield and Charleston. Again Coach Crowley brought extra players to give them the added opportunity to play in match play. But he is always evaluating the players and helping them with their game. Guess I should say at this time Coach Crowley is a very good player in his own right. His son Doc, who is a football coach in Booneville, went to Charleston. They play several tournaments in the local area and win a lot of them. Good example Coach Crowley.

This is one school sport the coach can get out and play, practice and coach to help his players improve their skills. Several of the players had a difficult day at Chaffee, but others brought their game with them. Brycen Reed had his best round ever. Charleston didn’t have their freshman Ross with them but somehow the Charleston Golf Team now as in the past comes through with winning scores. Even with a few seniors it is interesting how this year’s Tigers are putting together a winning attitude and looking forward to district play at Booneville’s Cherokee Creek Golf and Country Club on September 19th.