With the season in full swing, the White County golf team embarked on their latest outing at the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle Golf Club for the Cookeville High School Early Bird Tournament on Monday, Aug.12.
The Warriors are returning to the course after a year that saw their girls team win the district tournament, while the boys finished third. Though they will be replacing the production of standout Makenzie Morton, the coaching staff still believes this is a team with tremendous potential.
“So far, they’ve played pretty well. We’ve still got some improvements (to make),” said Head Coach Michael Cunningham. “Overall, we’ve got a good group of kids that are working hard and have had some good showings.”
The Early Bird Tournament will be a good gauge for a team like White County that has some newer pieces, as well as new coaches. With it being the first year for both Cunningham and fellow Head Coach Brandon Sims, they are simply looking for their golfers to put together consistent effort, performance and results together at this point in the season.
“We’ve got a pretty good team here for this tournament, I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve got,” Cunningham said. “(We want to) see how consistent we can be. We’ve shot some good rounds, let’s see if we can back it up.”
With the new faces on the team, Cunningham has preached putting in the effort every day and making improvement over the course of the season. That will continue to be the goal, as it could be what gets them far in postseason play.
“Our approach is just to take every day as it comes,” Cunningham said. “The regular season is the regular season … hopefully, we can see what we’re going to do at state.”