CCMS sweeps golf match with Overton, Pickett

Apr. 8—The Cumberland County Middle School golf team picked up two big wins earlier this week with a tri-match sweep of Overton and Pickett County at Heatherhurst Golf Course in Fairfield Glade.

"We had a very good day. That was our lowest score of the year for the boys," said Cumberland County Middle School coach Randy Herring. "Pickett had previously beaten us, but our kids really played well.

"That was very encouraging for us because the consistency of us getting to play has been tough with us having rainouts, and cold-outs. Just being able to get on the golf course has been challenge."

CCMS shot 184 to take the victory. Pickett County was 10 strokes back at 194, with Overton County posting a team total of 225.

Max Vanwinkle led the way for Cumberland County with a 42 over nine holes. Eli Verstynen posted a 46, and Braxton Buffkin and Ryder Flatt shot identical rounds of 48.

Finn Vanwinkle contributed a 53 to the team's overall score, while Bryant Wilson added a 54.

Brody Pryor shot 40 to lead Pickett County, while Cooper Norris carded a 50 to set the pace for Overton.

Braden Lee, playing as an individual for Burks Middle School, shot 40 over nine holes.

"The thing the guys did a very good job of was keeping the ball in play and out of major trouble," Herring said. "Max is slowly becoming our best golfer because he's consistent and he's pretty sharp around the greens."

In the girls division, Cumberland County wrestled away a one-point, 108-109, victory from Overton County. Pickett did not have a girls team.

Molly Bass led CCMS with a 52. Kinsley Wilson, Emmee Stufflett and Keira Kelly each shot 56.

"The girls are undefeated to this point," Herring said. "We haven't had anyone step forward and play really solid golf. Our consistency is still a challenge. I am hoping we can find that over the next couple of weeks.

"Molly has the most experience. The other kids don't have a lot of tournament experience."

Gabbie Sells led the Overton County golfers with a 50.

The district tournament is scheduled for April 29 at the Golden Eagle Golf Course in Cookeville.