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Tide golf team in state tourney

By CURTIS ROCKWELL

Item Sports Editor

Picayune’s golf team made a pretty good showing on the first day of the Class 4A state meet.

The Maroon Tide group fired a team score of 336 and stand in fourth place after the first day of the two day event that is taking place at River Birch Country Club in Amory.

While overcoming New Albany, which scorched the course Tuesday with a 303 score to take first place, might not be possible, a top five finish definitely is and perhaps a top three placing.

“I thought they played well, I am pleased with the score,” first year head coach Russell Mitchell said. “We’ve been in around that number in the 330’s pretty much all season, so it’s about what I expected. I think it was a pretty solid round.”

Josh Guidry fired a 78 to pace Picayune on Tuesday, while Jamal Thompson followed with an 83 and Jeremy Roberts and 84. Rounding out the Maroon Tide totals were Sean Thompson with a 90 and Vince Leleux with a 91.

“I think fourth place in the state is a good showing,” Mitchell added. “If we can hang in there and shoot about the same in the second round, or maybe even a little better, I think we can remain right there in the top four or so and that would be something to be proud of.”

The final round of action gets started this morning. Itawamba AHS is the host school for the event.

The Maroon Tide golfers qualified for the state tourney by finishing second in the division tournament a few weeks ago. Picayune is in the state meet for the second time in three years.