GAINESVILLE — Suwannee High’s Bryson Gaylord recorded his first hole-in-one in a meet at Gainesville Country Club last week.
“The ball was very well hit, and traveled just over a bunker,” Gaylord said. “The ball hit the flagstick pretty hard, or it may have gone over the green.”
The ace helped Gaylord shoot the Bulldogs’ low score in the tri-meet Aug. 20 with Buchholz and Gainesville. Buchholz shot a 165 as a team, while Suwannee finished with 186 and Gainesville shot 201.
Michael Wu, a Buchholz junior, show 37 with two birdies to finish as individual low medalist.
Gaylord, a junior, playing his third season with the Bulldogs’ golf team, used a 3-wood on the 209-yard 7th hole for the ace Aug. 20.
It was his first ace, and though coach Damon Wooley didn’t see it, his dad was there.
“I was incredibly stunned and I knew instantly it was a great shot from the start; I just never thought it would’ve gone in from that far,” he said.
Tristen Touchstone was second for Suwannee, shooting a 44.
Wooley said he has high expectations for the team.
“I’m proud of the effort these guys have put in thus far,” he said. “I told them at the end of the season last year that if they wanted to defend their district title they would have to put in the work this offseason and most of them have been dedicated to improving their games and I’m excited to see what kind of numbers we can put up this year.”
Branford opens season
Also on Aug. 20, the Branford High golf team played at Quail Heights in Lake City in a tri-match with Trenton High and Taylor County High. Trenton shot a team score of 193. Taylor County shot 203 with Branford at 259.
Taylor County’s Karyn Puhl was individual low medalist with a 44.
Branford coach Shannon Jernigan, in his fifth year as coach, has a young team with four 7th graders. The varsity team is comprised of players from the 6th to 12th grade.
“Cash Blalock, who qualified for regionals last year as an individual, is our top returning player.” Jernigan said, adding that he considers this year a learning year, “We’re starting all over again.”
Jernigan said his team went to three straight regionals from 2015 to 2017.
Hornets open with Taylor County, Madison
The Lafayette High boys golf team opened its season at the Madison Golf and Country Club on Aug. 22, shooting a 205 to finish seven strokes behind Taylor County and four shots in front of host Madison County, but the Cowboys had the individual low score with Payton Davis scoring 37.
Lafayette coach Robbie Kerby said the Hornets have team scoring goals, and will rely on a core group of golfers that will have to play well as LHS is in a new district this year, 3-1A.
“Four guys are gonna carry the load,” he said. “Trey Galbraith, Riley Edwards, Brent Sullivan, and Seth Chandler.
“We need to play well in a tougher district.”
Lafayette faces Madison and Taylor County again Thursday at Madison Golf and Country Club.
Suwannee girls top Branford
Rachel Howell led the Suwannee High girls golf team to a victory against Branford High in the opening match of the season, Aug. 22 at Suwannee Country Club.
Howell was individual medalist with a 46 and Suwannee shot a 214 to Branford’s 236.
“Rachel is the No. 1 golfer for Suwannee and a returner from last year’s district championship team,” aoach Kimberly Boatright said.
Emily Richards shot 50 for low score for Branford.