Newton’s Ashton McKinnon is pleased with her drive off the sixth hole tee box as teammate Ashley Weesner (left) and Heritage’s Heidi Shepherd look on in Thursday’s match at the Oaks Course. (Staff photo: Manny Fils)
COVINGTON — Not even Newton’s Brady Shivers best round of 41 was enough to give the Rams the win as the Heritage boys got the 186-207 win while the Newton girls got the 107-111 win in the nine-hole match at the Oaks Course on Thursday.
“Brady Shivers shot the best round that’s he shot in two years,” Newton head coach Stephen Spruell said. “He started playing last year so this was a great, great improvement for him. I’m proud of the improvement that he’s made.”
Even though Shivers had the low score on the course, it was not good enough against as all four of Heritage players had scores in the 40’s. Scoring for the Heritage boys were Aaron Kenney (44), Jack Reach (46), Chandler Peeples (48) and Logan Wilson (48). Playing but not scoring for Heritage were Donovan Norfleet (50) and Colin White (51).
“This was the first time we’ve had everybody in the 40’s this year,” Heritage head coach Mike Swords said. “Earlier in the week he (Kenney) struggled but he’s coming back to where he was. By the end of the season we expect him to be shooting around 37, 38 consistently.”
Unfortunately for the Rams, the rest of the team was unable to get close to Shivers’ score. The closest Newton player to Shivers was Myles Shivers who had a 53. Also scoring for Newton were Riley Dameron (56) and Corey Kinard (59) with Tyler Bystrom (61) and Brendan Brown (62) playing but not scoring for the Rams.
“Corey Kinard played in his first match so I’m proud to see him improve enough to play a match,” Spruell said. “It’s good to see them come out here and do well. There were some scores that were a little bit better.”
Newton’s Ashley Weesner had the low score for the girls with a 49 which was good enough to provide the win. Joining her was Ashton McKinnon who posted a 58.
“Ashton McKinnon and Ashley Weesner did a good job, especially Ashley who’s a freshman. This is her first year playing golf and she shot a 49,” Spruell said. That bodes for her future.”
Heritage kept the game close with Sydni Moore posting a 55, a stroke better than teammate Heidi Shepherd’s 56.
“They’ve had a steady improvement,” Swords said. “Heidi Shepherd, this is her first year, is coming from softball. She’s had a 55 and a 56 back-to-back. Sydni Moore is very talented and showing a lot of improvement at mid-season. I look forward to seeing what she can finish out (season) with.”
Newton’s Paris Little and Kelita Cox along with Heritage’s Sara Brackin and Jade Gonzalez were unable to complete their rounds before darkness.