Heading into this season, Central High School golf was preparing for a rebuilding year after a third-place finish at states in 2018. The team's 2019 season culminated on Thursday, October 3, in the region tournament at Bear Trace.
Chris Robinson, Maggie Crouch and Cadie Prater represented CHS in the tournament. Robinson finished the day with a score of 97. Crouch and Prater recorded a 116 and 127, respectively.
All three CHS golfers competed as individuals. In the boys' competition, Oakland took first place with a team score of 313, followed by Franklin County at 322. On the girls' side, Tullahoma took the top spot at 159, ahead of Lawrence County's 163.
After the tournament, CHS Coach Mike Ray said he was proud of the effort that all of his players put in throughout the season.
"The kids did great and that's the one thing I want to emphasize. Any coach worth his salt always has high expectations and high goals," Ray said. "For me, the takeaway for this year was I think we've got some things that we can build on."
Robinson, Crouch and Prater were all first-time region contenders. Robinson made his first cut as a junior after he had played his freshman year and not returned as a sophomore.
The freshmen duo of Crouch and Prater both placed in regionals on their first attempt with the team.
"We figured we might have a chance to get somebody into region, just didn't know how many, but we thought we might sneak somebody in. The fact that we got three in is also very good," Ray said. "We would've liked to have got in as a team on the girls' side instead of just as two individuals, but we feel like that'll come too."
Ray added that the team's development over the course of the season would be an asset for next year.
"We felt like we had kids that listened to us and hopefully we'll find out," Ray said. "This spring and summer especially, they're gonna put a lot of sweat equity into improving their game and if that happens then they'll take that next step."