The Wildcats golf team wrapped up its season Tuesday in the district tournament at the Wolf Hollow Golf Course in Wesson, and while it didn’t score well enough to move on it did have a productive season.
Columbia placed second in the district with a 448 but needed a 375 to advance past the district tournament. Thomas Hahn led the team with a 102, followed by Madison Bansbach’s 107, Landon Wilks’ 117, Will Knight’s 122 and Peyton Duncan’s 126.
Golf coach Trent Pittman said the Wildcats have a lot of potential prior to play on Monday.
“We are awful young, but we have our senior, Thomas Hahn, who is going to have to drive the boat for us because we just have a young golf team. I think if they stay together, Columbia will have a really good golf team to build around and improve on,” he said. “But this year district is going to be tough for us because we have a lot of first-year players.”
The Wildcats played in two big tournaments at Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Hattiesburg and Okotoma Golf Club in Collins, and Pittman said tackling those long courses was a great learning experiences for his young squad.
Columbia also played Jeff Davis County at the Prentiss Country Club and Columbia Country Club and won both matches.
Pittman said the Columbia Country Club has been extremely helpful and cooperative to the Wildcats golf team.
“They’ve really gone out of their way to accommodate us, work with our school and allow us to practice in the afternoon,” he said.
The Wildcats also include sixth-grader Myles Clark, who Pittman said is already one of the best on the team but can’t compete yet.
Pictured Above: The Columbia High School golf team includes, from left, Madison Bansbach, Landon Wilks, Peyton Duncan, Myles Clark, Thomas Hahn and Will Knight. The team is led by coach Trent Pittman. | Photo by Joshua Campbell