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Allen cards 75 as the Volunteers take fourth place

April 16, 2012

Wyatt Allen saw some of the best his golf game had to offer and some that wasn't as good for Starkville Academy on Monday.

Allen shot a 35 on the front nine at the Starkville Country Club during the rain, then slumped to a 40 on the back.

Even with the slow finish, Allen put together a 75 and was in the mix for third place individually at the Starkville Academy Invitational.

"The way I played in the rain, I wish it had rained the whole time," Allen said. "I was putting real well on the front nine and was striking the ball better. I was getting in trouble with my driver (on the back nine). I just didn't finish like I should have."

Vols golf coach Mark Alexander thought Allen's score was still good despite struggling a bit down the stretch.

Allen's commitment to the game is evident as Alexander has watched him on the driving range frequently at the Starkville Country Club.

"He's still young and his dad is a great player," Alexander said. "He absolutely loves the game and he's got a bright future ahead of him."

Baldwyn's Clayton Gray won medalist honors after winning a three-hole playoff with Pillow Academy's Kathleen Gallagher. Gray and Gallagher finished regulation with a 73 on their cards.

As a team, Starkville Academy shot a 331 for fourth place. The score is one of the lowest for the Vols this year and qualified them for the South State AAA in two weeks.

Pillow Academy A won the tournament with a score of a 303, while Baldwyn came in second with a 322 and Heritage Academy was third with a 324.

Alexander was pleased with the showing for SA and was just thankful for the chance to host the meet with the threat of rain being in the forecast.

"The guys were looking forward to playing on their home course and Wyatt had it going really low there for a while," Alexander said. "We're just glad to get it in because (Monday) morning we didn't even know if we could play. Just playing the tournament was the biggest victory of the day."

The Vols now turn their attention to a tournament in Tuscaloosa, Ala., next Monday and then the state tournament.

With such a young team,, Allen said Starkville Academy is just focused on improvement.

"We haven't been playing as good as we can this year," Allen said. "We don't have as good of talent as we had last year because we lost three seniors."

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