Hamman, Pierson medal at state golf meet

Murray County Central was well represented at this year’s state golf meet.

The girls’ team advanced to the state as a result of their first-place finish at the Section 3A meet. This is the second consecutive year the team has had the opportunity to compete at the state level.

On the boys’ side seniors, Jack Pierson placed first at the section meet to advance him onto the state competition. Joining him was teammate, Cole Ahlers.

Pierson commented he liked going to state because there’s lots of time to hang out with the team and course is really fun to play. Pierson shot an 80 on his first day and added another 80 on day two of the competition for a total of 160 strokes. “I wanted to shoot in the 70s both days,” shared Pierson. “I think I played pretty well considering the course was very tough this year and I think everyone else’s scores reflected that as well.” Pierson felt his toughest hole was the very first one on day two. “I knew if I played well that there was a chance to medal and I think that pressure got to me a little.” Pierson tripled bogeyed – which was his highest score of the whole tournament. His goal was to stay away from penalty strokes and Pierson felt he had accomplished that. The six-year veteran of the meet felt good about his performance and the opportunity to once again compete at the state level.

Cole Ahlers, a 4-year veteran, finished the tournament with a 190 shooting score of 99 on the first day and then coming back to finish with a 91 on day two. “State golf this year was definitely a memorable one. Going into the meet, I felt a lot more relaxed and confident knowing that I had played there before and knew what the course was like.” Ahlers said he worked on the driving range after having what he felt was a poor showing on the first day. “Day came in much better,” he said. “I played everything great, keeping the ball flight the way it needed to be. My only problem was the greens and putting.”

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