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iREporter MARY PERSONS 2019 VARSITY BOYS GOLF TEAM: Pictured from left to right on the front row: Aden Whitehead, Carson Newberry, Jason Cox, James Gibbs, Calen Knight and Lane Norris. Pictured from left to right on the back row: head coach Jan Collins, Hunter Hall, Cannon Newberry, Dylan Steed, Gus Proctor, McClane Smith, Justin Nash and assistant coach Brett Rucker. (Photo/Richard Dumas) By Richard Dumas Collins said she's excited in playing the game." last year. to share her lifelong love of Assisting the MP golf Four other Bulldogs golf with her players,program for the secondwere team members a year Fresh off the program's "It's a big set of shoes to straight year is River Forest ago and will look to crack first state tournament ap- fill" Collins said. "Clint assistant golf professional the playing rotation this pearance in four years, the is a great guy But I have Brett Rucker, who will serve year. Those include: junior veteran Mary Persons boys a love for the game. My as the squad's swing expert. Hunter Hall and sopho- golf team may be poised morn and dad both wereCollins said of Rucker: mores James Gibbs, Lane for even greater success in avid golfers. They played at "Brett's the go-to. He does Norris and McClane Smith. 2019. Capital City Country Club this for a living. He'S the Team newcomers include The Bulldogs return all in Tallahassee, Fla where I pro. I just wear the other a trio of freshmen: Jason six starters who competed grew up. They both love the hat." Cox, Justin Nash and Aden in the 2018 AAAA state game. I've played the game Leading the way for the Whitehead. tournament, including throughout. I started in my Bulldogs' boys squad in Collins said she's really junior Gus Proctor, who youth and then picked it 2019 will be senior Dylan impressed with the quality finished in a team-best tie up again once or twice and Steed, a four-year starter, of her boys' squad, which for 54th at state, now that rm semi-retired I who placed in a tie for 98th opened the season with an The most notable Bull- picked the game up again. I at state last year. Other top 11 -stroke victory over Jones dog not returning from hope to spread the joy and returners include: Proctor, County at River Forest on last year's state squad is the the camaraderie and the a three-year starter, junior March 5. team's head coach Clint elation of being able to see Jimbo Finch, who is also "We've got a lot of build- Ashmore, who retired after things that you wouldn't playing on the MP ten-ing to do on the ladies' end four years of leading the otherwise see unless you're nis squad this spring, the and a lot of experience MP golf program. In Ash- on the golf course. I think sophomore brother tandem on the guys' end" Collins mores stead is new head it's a great game that you of Cannon Newberry andsaid. "They're teenagers, coach Jan Collins, who has have all your life. So, I love Carson Newberry, and so there's room to grow. assisted the MP softball to watch the game, I love sophomore Calen Knight, But we've got some strong, program for the last several to play the game and I've who posted some of MP's strong guys" made a lot of good friends best scores as a freshman As for the MP girls golf years. team, 2019 is expected to be a rebuilding year as the team features just one returner, junior Carrington Hughes, from last year's squad that finished 19th at state. However, Collins said she foresees a promis- ing future because the girls squad has almost doubled in number from six to 10 in 2019. "We've got 10 (players);' Collins said. "Everybody would be happy with that. We've got eight of our la- dies who have never played the game before. So we're very young, very inexperi- enced, but hopefully they will acquire the skills and the knowledge to be able to Joining Hughes on this' year's squad are newcom- ers: Carlie Allen, Savanna Bittick, Emma Heath, Lore- lai Lance, Lauren Lender- man, Natalie McCollum, Cassy Phillips, Heather Tillman and Victoria Vin- ing. "My kids this year couldn't be a finer group of young people" Collins said. "They are top drawer. rm really enjoying working with this age group like I do in softball. It's a great group of young men and young ladies. I'm very proud of the dedication that they've shown thus far." The Bulldogs' boys and girls golf squads will next play the game and increase host area rival Upson-Lee in their abilities as the days at River Forest GolfClub at? go on" 3:45 p m. on Thursday MARY PERSONS 2019 VARSITY GIRLS GOLF TEAM: Pictured from left to right: assistant coach Brett Rucker, Victoria Vining, Emma Heath, Cassy Phillips, Savanna Biffick, Carlie Alien, Carrington Hughes, Heather Tillman and head coach Jan Collins. (Photo/Richard Dumas) ol annual The Exchange Club of Forsyth held its annual Forsythia Festival Golf Tour- nament on March 8. Pictured from left to right is the First Place Team of Terry Williams, Gary Pryor, Drew Hickman and Sam Anderson. The Exchange Club is a civic organiza- tion that makes donations to needy caused in Monroe County. All of the proceeds from the tournament will be return to the Mon- roe County area. (Photo/Felix King)