By Molly Seales
Ten years. That’s how long it had been since the Riverdale Academy Rebels had won a golf state championship. On Monday, May 3, the 2021 golf team broke the ten year drought by winning the 2021 Class A Golf Championship to bring the blue trophy home to East Point.
The previous week, on April 28, the team traveled to Canton, Mississippi, and returned home as South A Champions. At that tournament, four low medalist trophies were given, and the Rebels brought home three of them. 1st place low medalist was junior Reagan Huddleston, 3rd place low medalist was freshman Ryder Huddleston, and 4th place low medalist was sophomore Mason Murray. The Rebels were excited to win South A, but they still had some business to tend to.
On May 3, the team traveled to the Home Golf Course in Homer, LA, and they worked hard as a team to win the Class A State Championship. Coach Ty Hester, a former golf standout at Riverdale who was on the championship team ten years ago, knew his team had the talent and desire to bring home the blue trophy, and he was right. At the state tournament, all six of the Rebels that played in the tournament brought home a low medal. Reagan Huddleston once again had an outstanding performance, winning the 1st place low medalist award for the second week in a row. Austin Giddens, who was playing in his final tournament as a Rebel, was the 3rd place low medalist. Ryder Huddleston was the 4th place low medalist, and Caden Long was the 5th place low medalist. Mason Murray and Ty Jones tied for the 6thplace low medalist.
This year’s golf team consisted of the following members: 7th graders Hanna Catherine Huddleston and Mary Claire Jones; freshman Ryder Huddleston; sophomore Mason Murray; juniors Reagan Huddleston, Ty Jones, and Caden Long, and senior Austin Giddens. When I asked some of the team members their feelings about their title, I got these responses. Ryder Huddleston said, “It feels so good, and I’m glad we could bring it home.” His brother Reagan said, “It feels great to accomplish something you have dreamed of your whole life. I have loved this sport since I was a young kid, and it feels great to be able to bring a title home to our school.” Senior Austin Giddens, who has played golf alongside his Pap, Gary Giddens, for many years couldn’t think of a better way finish his years at Riverdale. “It feels really good,” Austin said, “I’ve played the game and worked hard for many years, and my hard work paid off. It’s a great way to go out.” With Giddens being the only senior, Riverdale has a strong chance to be a contender for a repeat performance for next year. Congratulations to our Rebel golf team! We are very proud of you!