Wave golfer hopes for return to state

Staff Writer

One is a veteran, the other is just learning the game. Together they make up the West Point High School women's golf team.

For senior Synethia Mathews, it may be a chance to return to the state tournament, which she accomplished as a sophomore. Coach Perry Katherine Furr thinks she has a chance if her game falls into place.

"It would really be nice if she could advance to the state tournament. The top two teams from the district and the top two individuals outside the team qualify. She can do it," said Furr, who is in her third year coaching the team after finishing her collegiate golf career at Mississippi State.

"Her driving is good, when it's good. And her chipping has improved in the last two years. It's like all of us, it's just a matter of putting all the pieces together," the coach continued.

While Mathews is experienced, junior Kenya Conley is just taking up the game.

February's rains have made it all the more difficult for the players to get in practice time, much less play rounds because courses have been too wet.

Furr has been able to get them a little time on the ranges at West Point Country Club and Old Waverly. Their first match is scheduled against Caledonia next week at Lion Hills in Columbus. And even though most matches play only nine holes, more rain in the forecast for Monday may put that opening match in jeopardy.

"We just have to practice when we can and hope we get a break on the weather. We all want to be able to get on a course," Furr said.

In addition to Caledonia next week, the team has seven other matches scheduled this spring, including Columbus and Starkville. The district tournament is April 24.