By Molly Seales
On Monday, March 14, the Riverdale Academy Rebels golf team played and hosted its first tournament of the year at the Coushatta Country Club. The Rebels are the defending Class 1A state champions, and it looks like they have a great chance for a repeat. They placed 2nd behind a strong Claiborne Academy team. This year’s team members are seniors Reagan Huddleston and Ty Jones, Juniors Thad Bates and Mason Murray, Sophomore Ryder Huddleston, and 6th grader Jackson Hillman.
I caught up with Coach Ty Hester to get his thoughts on the upcoming season. He said, “I expect us to have another successful season. We have four returning golfers from last year’s state championship team, and we added a couple of new faces that can help us. Right now, the challenge is getting back into the swing of things and getting back on the course. A lot of our guys play baseball, but they are competitors. We are all excited about the opportunities we’ll have in a few weeks, but we have to sharpen up before then.”
Senior Reagan Huddleston has been playing golf since he could walk and has been on the Riverdale golf team since 5thgrade. I asked him his thoughts about his senior season, and he replied, “Golf has started off well this year. We played pretty good on the 14th considering it was our first tournament of the year. Hopefully we can stay on pace and keep getting better as each week passes.”
One of the new faces Coach Ty was referring to is up and coming competitor 6th grader Jackson Hillman. Hillman picked up the sport a couple of years ago, and he fell in love with it. He can often be found right by himself practicing at the country club. In the first tournament, Hillman came in with a score ahead of seniors, juniors, and sophomores. Look for him to be an asset for the Riverdale golf team for years to come.
The Riverdale golf team will play its next tournament at Tallulah Academy at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 28. Good luck Rebels!
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