River Oaks wins tourney after two playoffs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 25, 2009

NATCHEZ — It took two playoffs to determine the winner of the annual Trinity High School Golf Tournament at Beau Pré Country Club, but River Oaks finally came out victorious over Prentiss Christian.

Both teams ended up tied with a score of 331 and went back to play the 18th hole again to determine a winner.

However, the two teams were tied after the hole so they went back and played it again.

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The second time, River Oaks defeated Prentiss Christian by a shot to take the tournament title.

It was an exciting end to a great day of golf, Trinity golf coach and tournament organizer Bub Mullins said.

“The tournament turned out very well,” Mullins said. “The weather was nice and it had good attendance. It went as well as I could have hoped.”

Two local teams participated in the 10-team tournament, with Cathedral taking seventh place with a team score of 359 and Trinity coming home in eighth position with a team score of 371.

Cathedral golf coach Kurt Russ was a little disappointed in his team’s performance.

“I talked to the guys and asked them if they could have improved,” Russ said. “When they told me how many shots they could have improved by I said if you would have shot that we would have won. This being our home course I was expecting more. There is a lot of room for improvement.”

Mullins said the Trinity tournament is one of the largest in the area, thanks to the popularity of the Beau Pré course.

“Everybody likes to play at Beau Pré,” Mullins said. “Most private school tournaments only have four or five teams but we normally have 10. I had at least 16 requests from schools to play in this tournament. Word gets around (about the golf course.) In my opinion, this is the best golf course in a 100 mile radius.”

While River Oaks won the team competition, Justin Forman of Amite School Center was the individual champions, as he fired a 72.

ASC wasn’t eligible for the team title, as they only brought two golfers.

The local golfer with the best score was Trinity’s Jackson Bryant, who shot a 79.

Cathedral’s low round was shot by Steve Scarborough, who shot an 84.