Cathedral golf wins state title

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 13, 2005


staff reports

VICKSBURG &045; Cathedral’s golf team took the MHSAA Class 1A State Championship Wednesday, beating out St. Aloysius 648 to 679 for its first title since 2002.

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The Green Wave had the best team rounds Tuesday and Wednesday, shooting a 330 Tuesday and a 318 Wednesday. Head coach Ken Beesley, Jr. said his team came back stronger on the tournament’s second day to run away with the win.

&uot;Yesterday we played OK, but we didn’t play as well as we could have,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;Matthew (Hall) played well and Mary Kate (Byrne) played pretty well, but Jordan (Farmer) and Jake (Kaiser) knew they could shoot better.&uot;

Farmer and Kaiser both improved in their second round by four and eight strokes respectively as the Green Wave shot 12 strokes better as a team.

&uot;I’m proud they shot a 318 today on that course,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;It was a difficult course and we had the best two rounds there. Only two other teams even broke 340 on one day, so I was real proud of them.&uot;

Hall and Farmer finished third and fourth in the overall individual standings, helping lead the way for their team.

&uot;This group has been together for several years now and they wanted to win one,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;they really came through when they had to.&uot;

Kaiser and Farmer were part of that 2002 championship team, and now they have another one.

&uot;I was really happy with Jordan and Jake,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;After the way they played Tuesday, I’m so happy they came back and shot so much better.&uot;

The scariest thing for Cathedral’s opponents might be that the team will be back intact next year, as graduation won’t take anyone.

&uot;I have them all back, so we have to win another one next year,&uot; Beesley said. &uot;That’s what I told them, anyway.&uot;