Dyersburg golf opens season with win in four-way match; Welch takes top spot in girls

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Above, Dyersburg’s Erin Welch looks to sink a putt during the Lady Trojan’s opening match of 2018 on Tuesday afternoon at The Farms in Dyersburg. Welch took top honors in girls’ competition. Below, senior Trojan golfer Will Dedmon chips out of the rough during the boys competition. Dyersburg took the top honors in the team competition out of four.
State Gazette photos/Jason Peevyhouse

JASON PEEVYHOUSE

jpeevyhouse@stategazette.com

The Dyersburg golf team got its 2018 season off to a successful start on Tuesday afternoon at The Farms as the Trojan boys finished first in a field of four teams while Lady Trojan Erin Welch took home top honors in individual girls competition.

Dyersburg’s Garrett Jerding also led the way in the boys individual standings as his 34-shot performance on Tuesday, coupled with teammate Cole Bevis’ second-place finish as he shot a 37, helped pace the Trojans to a 168 finish on the day.

Matt Bishop followed with a 48 while Will Dedmon added a 49. Kameron Clark rounded out the Trojan scoring with a 52.

“To be able to go out as a team and in our first matches was really big for the confidence as the team as a whole,” Dyersburg head coach Kavin Carr said. “Garrett Jerding and Cole Bevis – amazing rounds for them.

“Amazing start for them. Garrett has got his eyes on state again and Cole wants to get there.”

With golf having such a short preseason leading up to this first week of competition, Carr said he and his team did not know what to expect when they took the course.

“They’ve been practicing,” Carr said. “We’ve been playing the back nine and the front nine – switching back and forth.

“Just doing a lot of fundamental things – doing different things in the short time we’ve had. We’ve got a quick start to a very short season.”

Carr said his team is ecstatic with the performance they had on Tuesday, especially with how seniors playing their first matches played.

“Our top five did what they needed to do to get the victory today,” Carr said. “I am really happy with the results today.”

Welch paced the girls field, as the lone Lady Trojan shot a 43 to win the overall girls title, beating South Gibson’s Langston Patrick by one stroke.

“Erin started off with a really tough No. 18 hole today,” Carr said. “Then she rallied to shoot a 43 today.

“We really wish we could get a few more girls to play to help Erin to have a team as well. I really wish we could get another girl or two interested to help Erin out. She carries herself very well on the golf course. She’s an amazing young lady and there’s no doubt in my mind that she will be back at state next year.”

Dyersburg returns to the course on Thursday when the Trojans host Halls and Bradford at Dyersburg Municipal Golf Course at 4 p.m.

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