While the Thomson High School Lady Bulldogs scored an impressive victory in golf over the Lakeside Lady Panthers on Monday, the Thomson boys were not as fortunate, losing to the Panthers, who back in 2006 won the Class AAAA state title.
The tournament was played at Belle Meade Country Club near Thomson.
Thomson's Lady Bulldogs of Coach John Barnett posted a team score of 99, while Lakeside tallied a score of 109.
Junior golfer Rebecca "Becca" Goldman paced the Thomson team with a score of 45.
"Rebecca bounced back from a slow start to play her last five holes in even par to lead the team," said Coach Barnett in an e-mail.
Coach Barnett said he was pleased with the first match of the season.
"I thought we fought through the jitters well," he noted. "Freshman Grace Blackmon-Hughes kept her composure and fought through some difficulties. I was pleased with the poise the ladies showed."
Hughes posted a score of 54 in her varsity outing at Thomson High School.
The same two teams will meet again next Monday for a match at Belle Meade Country Club. Match time is set for 3:30 p.m.
In the boys' match against Lakeside's Panthers, the Bulldogs found the going a little rough in their first match of the season. Lakeside managed to shoot a team score of 157, while Thomson shot a 181.
The five Thomson players finished the match by posting the following scores:
- Ethan Chamineak, a freshman, 40;
- Walker Barmore, a sophomore, 46;
- Jesse Ramos, a senior, 47;
- Jason English, a freshman, 48; and
- Justin Waller, a freshman, 48.
"We had a couple of people out because of sickness, including senior Jeff Pagac, who is currently our top seed," said Thomson Boys' Head Coach Chris Hodges. "This was the first high school match for five of our six golfers and against a very good team."
Coach Hodges says the Bulldogs are in store for a tough schedule this season that includes matches against Lakeside, Greenbrier, Evans and Burke County - "all of whom have terrific golf programs."
Coach Hodges said he hopes his team can improve with each match between now and April 22 when the region tournament is held.