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Rams improve despite loss to Luella

COVINGTON -- Winning was not the goal in Newton's golf match against Luella at The Oaks Course on Thursday.

Even though the team got swept by Luella -- the boys losing 184-233 and the girls falling 171-178 -- some of the players improved as individuals.

"As always, we're playing to get better and that's our primary focus, to get better. We're young, especially with the girls having two freshmen, and they're certainly learning," Newton head coach Stephen Spruell said. "I'm really proud of the progress they're making."

Getting the low score for all the girls was Newton's Logan Malcolm, who beat everyone with a 52. Also scoring for Newton were freshman Ashton McKinnon (62) and Paris Little (64) with Jade Woods shooting, but not a scoring round, a 66.

"Logan shot her best score of the season with a 52," Spruell said. "The wind is blowing and it's still a little cool. I'm proud of her and with the possibility of being low medalist, we're not sure what the other schools might be bringing. If she can go out and shoot about 100 in the region (tournament), who knows. She could be the low medalist."

Playing for the Luella girls were Nicole Court (55), Sam Moss (57), Katy Payton (59) and Mia Herrera (61).

The Newton boys, on the other hand, had a hard time competing with Luella's top three golfers. Devin White shot an even-par 36 followed by Craig Worley's 45 and Kyle Marsh's 49. Luella's other scorer was Michael Newton, who had a 54.

Tommy Williamson led Newton with a 50, followed by Tyler Bystrom (54), Riley Dameron (59) and AJ Palomino (70).

"They (Williams and Bystrom) are guys that came back from last year," Spruell said. "They've got the year of experience and you're seeing it. They've gotten better. They were guys that were over 60 last year and that progress of playing the game they're getting better. Riley is usually a bit better than that and he's a returner."