by Sam Parker
The boys and girls golf teams both came out strong in their first match of 2021 after their 2020 seasons got cut short due to COVID-19. With the season cut short last year, many changes have had to be made to the starting lineups. Younger members of the team have stepped into leadership roles to fill the void left by the senior class of 2020.
The girls team started out the year with a very close match against rival team Nettleton. The Nettleton girls edged out Amory by only 5 strokes. Riley Adams, (SR), was the low scorer for the Amory girls with a 41. With the season being cut short due to the pandemic, the girls team is valuing every moment on the course and is not taking a single swing for granted. They are looking forward to hopefully competing for a state championship in late April. Throughout the season, the main goal for the team is to get better everyday, and so far in the season they have achieved this goal. If they continue their track of improvement, qualifying for playing for a championship will be the next stop for the team. Currently, the team is on a winning streak with only one loss on their record. It will be an exciting season for the girls and Coach Ragon.
The boys team this year consists of no seniors at all. Led by a powerful class of four juniors, the team is looking for a great season. The boys season got cut off last year after a 2-0 start to their season, and that pace didn’t check up for this season. Coming out strong, the boys shot a 174 in their nine hole match. That score led the team to a 30 stroke victory over Itawamba and a 75 stroke victory over Mooreville. Amory’s Everett Price, (JR), and Sam Parker, (JR), had the low scores for the Amory boys shooting a pair of 41’s. This score would qualify them for the state tournament if shot at division. With much room for improvement, the panther boys are looking forward to what the rest of the season brings.
Both teams showed signs of a promising season in the opening match. With this season being the start of a new beginning for the panthers, they are determined to make the best out of it and strive for success daily. The upperclassmen have stepped into leadership roles making the team run more efficiently. While both teams have improvements to make before being able to qualify for the state championship, the players, along with Coach Ragon, are dedicated to make it happen.