Wind can't blow TRM golfers away as Tigers roll to quadrangular win

Published 2:25 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2006

By By BRUCE HIXON – Sports Editor
They may have had a tough time tackling Mother Nature, but T.R. Miller golfers had little trouble tackling their other opponents.
T.R. Miller had little rust in its game from a 13-day layoff, as it easily captured a quadrangular meet Monday at Vanity Fair Golf Club in Monroeville.
The Tigers won their first nine-hole competition of the season by 29 strokes with a round of 169. Thomasville was a distant second with 198, while host Monroe County was third at 205. Excel rounded out the competition at 207.
While members of the Tigers have had better individual rounds, few probably faced as challenging a day in terms of weather with near steady winds of 30 miles an hour and gusts even higher ahead of an approaching rain storm.
Despite the conditions, T.R. Miller senior Tripp Owens was just three strokes over par with a 38 to lead all players. No other player was below 40, although James Dixon checked in with that score to finish second overall.
T.R. Miller also got rounds of 44 from Brooks Fussell and 47 from Clay Parker to round out its counter positions. Hayes Martin also competed for the Tigers and finished at 49.
The best individual score for the opposing teams was 43.
While her team had to play in less than ideal conditions, Owens felt it was critical for her team to play.
T.R. Miller is slated to return to action April 4 when it hosts Excel and Monroe County at the Country Club of Brewton for a nine-hole meet that gets underway at 3 p.m. The Tigers have rescheduled last week's cancelled home meet against Greenville for April 6 at 3 p.m.