CMS Golf

Pictured is the 2019 Coffee Middle golf team. From left to right: Zach Tidwell, Austin Dockrey, Kira Jarrell, Avery Hill, Kolby McCormick, Maggie Crouch, Cadie Prater, Madison Winn and Aliza Freeze.

With warmer weather right around the corner, area spring school sports teams have started practicing. Coffee County Middle School golf was the last team to kick things off, hitting the links for the first time Thursday, March 7.

While the recent string of bad weather caused a delay for the team to get started, head coach Holly Rodriguez is excited about what they can do in the 2019 season.

“We have five returning players. They’ve been practicing a lot on their own so I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do,” Rodriguez said. “And three new players. They’ve got quite a bit of potential.”

The three new members bring the experience of playing with the Coffee County Junior Golf program to a team that finished third place out of seven area teams last year. The area grouping includes Westwood, Tullahoma and Franklin.  CMS capped off the 2018 season with a five-point defeat of Fayettville in its final match.

“They had a really good season last year,” Rodriguez explained. “I think they’re stronger. Just watching them today (March 7) only, they’re hitting the ball well.”

With an experienced group of golfers looking to build on the success of 2018, Rodriguez is not worried about what CMS can do. Her chief goal, as always, is to make sure her golfers enjoy themselves and grow with the game.

“For middle school golf it’s a learning thing,” Rodriguez said. “I want them to go out and have fun and learn the game because this is something they can do the rest of their life.”

Staff Writer

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