Staff photo: Manny Fils Newton's Logan Malcolm (right) and Salem's Devin Edwards track the ball following Malcolm's drive on the second hole at The Oaks Course.
COVINGTON -- The elements played havoc on everyone, but it was the Newton golf team that handled them best with a sweep over Salem at The Oaks Course on Thursday.
The boys outshot Salem by two strokes getting the win with a 214-216 score. While Salem did not have enough girls to make up an entire team, their two girls shot a 122 compared to a 115 for Newton's two lowest scores.
"The big thing was that in these conditions you have to be able to be good around the greens because nobody is going to hit the ball as well as they could," Salem head coach Noah Harrell said. "So around the greens you have to be strong."
Newton's No. 5 and No. 6 players, Ar'mon Hickson and Tommy Williamson, turned in the low rounds of the day. With four pars on his card, Williamson had the low round of 47. Hickson, who had two pars, was one shot back with a 48.
Also scoring for Newton were Tyler Bystrom with 58 and Joseph Hallman who had a 61.
Salem had a chance to win as its four scoring rounds were in the mid- to low 50s. Shooting the low round for Salem was Kevin An, who had a low round of 51. Anthony Jackson, Charles An and Jacob Villazana each posted a 55.
"We started out the season shooting 201 out here (The Oaks Course) then to shoot a 216 is kind of disappointing. You would've thought we would've made an improvement, but again, these are tough conditions," Harrell said.
Playing but not scoring for Newton were Riley Dameron (63) and Brendon Brown (66), with Clayton Ivey (56) and Kealon Edwards (59) playing for Salem.
The Newton girls played their best round of the season with a team score of 175. Scoring for Newton were Logan Malcolm (57), Jade Woods (58) and Brianna Jefferson (60).
"This was their season best," Newton coach Aaron Robinson said. "They're young and they're improving."
Salem's Devin Edwards tied Malcolm for the low round with a 57, while Newton's Paris Little and Salem's KnaRhine Bailey each had a 65.