Cathedral, Natchez lose in their own tournament

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 10, 2009

NATCHEZ — Cathedral and Natchez High co-hosted a golf tournament at Duncan Park Golf Course Thursday, but neither team used the home course advantage to their benefit.

Of the six teams that participated in the tournament, Cathedral came in fifth and Natchez was sixth.

St. Aloysius won the tournament with a sizzling team score of 295. All five of St. Al’s golfers shot in the 70s, including the best round of the day — a 71 turned in by Alex Lanier.

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The Flashes won the tournament by 41 strokes over the second place team, Wesson, which came in with a team score of 336.

Puckett was third with a score of 346, while Loyd Star was fourth with a score of 358.

Cathedral was next with a team score of 362, and Natchez rounded out the teams with a score of 429.

Cathedral was hurt by the absence of Elliot McCann, who missed the tournament with the flu.

Green Wave coach Kurt Russ estimates that having McCann could have gained Cathedral 15 to 20 shots.

“He’s our No. 3 player,” Russ said. “He probably would have shot around an 85, which would have helped us tremendously.”

Cathedral was led by Avery Middleton with an 86, followed by Steve Scarborough with an 87 and Aaron Sandifer with an 88.

Taylor McGlothin shot a 101 and Stuart Benoit, who was filling in for McCann, shot a 106. Only the top four scores count in the team score.

Cathedral was most interested in Puckett’s score because those two schools will most likely be battling it out for the state tournament.

The top two finishers in the district tournament advance to state and those two schools are expected to be two and three.

“It will most likely be us and Puckett for that last spot,” Russ said. “And they killed us today.”

Natchez High only had four golfers participating in the event, and the Bulldogs were led by Royal Hill with a 100.

Jonathan Ware was next with a 105, followed by Amos James with a 109 and Randy Bellifield with a 115.

Trinity Episcopal was also supposed to participate in the tournament, but had to back out at the last minute due to a conflict.

Even though the two local schools didn’t fare as well as they would have liked, Russ said it was still a successful tournament.

“Everybody really enjoyed the tournament,” he said. “For my first go around and (Natchez coach David Day’s) first go around, we did alright.”