Young golf team strives for stellar season

by Lauren Benton

Assistant Golf Coach Guy Purdy shared some of his insight on his vision for this year’s season. Last season the Ranger golf team finished third in state.

There are six freshmen and one sophomore on this season’s team. Martin Powell, a sophomore from Lepanto, Ark., is the leader of this team, Purdy said. He is looking for freshmen Alan Larson, Stuart Cochran and Hayes Carr to step up this season and improve for the team.

“It is looking like a competitive season.  On paper we are looking pretty good, but you don’t get points for looking good on paper. You get points on the green,” Purdy said.

There will be several challenging opponents. Teams like Gulf Coast and Co-Lin are usually at the top and tough to beat. East Mississippi should have a pretty good team this year too, Purdy said.

Purdy has been the assistant coach at Northwest for seven years. While he has been coaching at Northwest, they have been in the top three or four the last four or five seasons.

“We have just not had that fifth player to get us over the hump, and I think this year we may very well have that fifth player we have really been needing,” Purdy said.

The Ranger Golf team will begin their season with the Gulf Coast Invitational. This will take place Feb. 9-10 in Gulfport.

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