After not having played well on day one of the Division II-AA state golf tournament in Manchester, the varsity golf team performed much better on the second day as they team combined to post the best score of the day among the six schools.
The Owls began the day tied for fifth overall at the WillowBrook Golf Course, twenty-seven strokes behind McCallie, but on day two, MUS combined to shoot eighteen strokes better than their first day as the top four players all had better rounds.
Sophomore Zachary Olsen posted the best round of the day among all golfers, shooting 68 (-4) to finish at 143 (-1) for the tournament. He finished second overall, matching his second-place showing from last year. In his three state tournaments, Olsen has finished no worse than second place, including winning the tournament in 2008, his eighth-grade year.
Other MUS performers included junior Daniel McLeod, who was five strokes better today as he shot 75 (+3) to finish at 155 (+11).
Eighth-grader Hays Moreland also posted a better score today (76), which was five shots better than yesterday as he finished at 157 (+13).
Additionally, senior Clifton Jordan rebounded today as he shot 81 (+9) to finish at 163 (+19).
And sophomore Jake Rudesill shot 86 today (+14) to post a final 170 (+26).
The Owls combined to shoot 300 today, which was eighteen shots better than yesterday's performance as MUS moved into fourth place, just five strokes out of third place. McCallie won the event at 595, besting Briarcrest (603), Baylor (613), MUS, defending-champion Brentwood Academy (624), and Ensworth (630).
Despite not accomplishing their overall goal, the Owls showed character to play well today after yesterday's effort.
Olsen was pleased with how the Owls responded.
"Everyone had a much better day today. We almost got third but have to settle for fourth. But the team showed a lot of fight today coming back from yesterday," said the sophomore.
Congratulations to Coach Frisby and the team for an excellent season.