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Boys golf looks to improve behind seniors, new coach

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By Kristin Beck

With the retirement of long-time Carroll County High School boys golf head coach Warren McEuen, first-year head coach Josh Mefford takes the reins of a team with both experience and up-and-coming talent.

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Seniors Nick Abbott and Zach Beckham lead this year’s squad of about nine players; however Mefford said he expects to pick up a few more when school is back in session.

Mefford, who headed the baseball team last season, said he played golf during his senior year at CCHS and then played at least once a week for about five years afterward. He wanted to get back into playing golf and being around the kids. “It’s a fun game,” he said.

The head coach said he would be able to teach the younger athletes about the proper mechanics of golf, while helping the older ones keep their heads during matches.

Mefford said his favorite part about golf is that “it’s an individual sport; you compete with yourself.”

So far, coaching golf has not been any different from coaching baseball.  “You’re still working with kids on fundamentals,” he said. “There is less kids, so it’s easier to work with them.”

Mefford said he expects his seniors and two best players, Abbott and Beckham, to step up and lead the team. “I’d like them to demonstrate how to play the game correctly,” he said. “They help the kids if they see something they’re doing wrong.”

This season, the Panthers open with an away match at Gallatin on Tuesday Aug. 7. They will play four home matches at General Butler State Resort Park, the first on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Mefford said he hopes to add a few more as the season goes along.

The Class A Regional Tournament will be held Aug. 23, while the NCKC Golf Championship will be held Sept. 19 at Henry County.

The golf team also will be hosting two golf scrambles: the annual Tin Cup in a couple weeks and a scramble Sept. 15 in conjunction with the community pig roast and Golden Anniversary Weekend at General Butler State Resort Park.

“I’m really excited about coaching golf for the first time,” Mefford said. “All of the kids are really good kids and want to be here.”