Golf season is already under way at Mustang Mountain and across the county.
Central Arkansas Christian junior Josie Roberson won a North Little Rock invitational at The Greens at North Hills on Friday. CAC coach Steve Quattlebaum, who adds the Lady Mustangs to his boys coaching responsibilities this fall, said sophomore Grace Maddox finished about 10th among the girls field of approximately 25.
“Josie’s got a chance to shoot a low enough score that if we can get some good scores from some of the others, we have a chance to do well,” Quattlebaum said of Roberson, the 2016 Arkansas State Golf Association Junior Girls Player of the Year and the runner-up to Elizabeth Moon this year. “Grace has improved a lot since last year. She did a good job Friday. She hit the ball pretty well.”
Joining Roberson and Maddox on the girls team are sophomores Anna Darragh, Ashley Mann and Jane Ross. Darragh and Mann played in the district and state tournaments last year. In Class 4A competition, teams count their three lowest scores.
CAC won its first girls team state championship in school history in 2015 and finished runner-up to Baptist Prep last year as Allie Weiner, headed to Arkansas Tech this fall, finished third and Roberson placed fourth for the second straight year. Roberson and Weiner had gone 1-2 at the 2-4A District Tournament at Red Apple Inn as the Lady Mustangs finished second to Baptist Prep.
Quattlebaum’s Mustangs finished seventh in the district tournament last year. They return two golfers who played in that event — seniors Andrew Taylor and Greyson Price.
“Andrew played a lot of golf this summer and has had some lessons,” Quattlebaum said. “I think he’s improved his game quite a bit. Greyson Price is a good ball striker. He’s improved a little bit.”
Quattlebaum said junior Eli DeMarco, a newcomer, had spent a lot of time on the driving range since the spring.
“He’s kind of new to the game, but he’s picked it up pretty quick and worked pretty hard at it,” the coach said.
After a match Monday at Burns Park with Maumelle, the Mustangs began classes Wednesday.
The 2-4A District Tournament, set for late September, will also include Baptist Prep, eStem, Heber Springs, Lonoke, Riverview, Southside Batesville and Stuttgart. The top two teams and next four individuals not from those teams will advance to the Class 4A State Tournament. The girls state tournament will be at Maumelle Country Club on Sept. 26 with the boys tournament at Red Apple Inn on Oct. 3.