The Thomson High School golf teams are getting in the swing of things this month. Both the boys' and girls' teams began play against Evans on March 8 at Gordon Lakes.
The boys fell, scoring a 179 to Evans' even-par 144. The girls' match was postponed due to darkness.
Thomson's Josh Thomas chips onto the fourth green at Belle Meade.
Boys' coach Chris Hodges said the main hurdle his team has to overcome so far is problems with consistency.
"Right now we have a lot of inconsistency in striking the ball, and our short game needs to get better," he said. "If the guys are willing to put forth the effort, we could be competitive with a lot of teams by season's end."
The team consists of only one senior, Josh Thomas. After losing J.R. Marsh - the team's leader from last year - to graduation, Coach Hodges said a new leader has yet to emerge.
"Right now, we don't have a leader who will just get out there and compete and carry the team," he said. "...We just haven't had anyone step into that role as of yet."
Other members of the junior-heavy team are Thomas Reddick, Neal Hunter, Cory Hobbs, Chris Cook, sophomore Jeff Pagac and freshman Mackenzie Mullins. In boys' competition, six guys play nine holes, and the top four scores count.
Pagac had the low score against Evans with a 42, followed by Cook with a 44. Reddick shot a 45 and Thomas had 48 to round out the scoring for the Bulldogs.
For a girls' team that only lost one regular season match in the last two years and placed second and third in the region tournament respectively, Ashley Crawley is the only returning member.
Girls' coach John Barnett said since the top three scorers participate in matches, inexperience is the issue his team faces.
"This year's team is very inexperienced compared to the last two years," he said. "...I expect us to struggle this year because only one of our top three scorers has significant experience.The girls are working hard to improve."
He added that with the donated help of Belle Meade Pro Gregg Hemann, his team is gaining valuable experience. In addition to Crawley, the team consists of Amanda Stewart, Becky Williams, Olivia Jones and Kelly Adams.
Both teams play their home matches at Belle Meade. The next home match for both teams is today at 4 p.m. The boys face Washington-Wilkes while the girls play host to Burke County.