Concord senior Luke Cornett tied a course record by shooting a 9-under par 63 on Tuesday during the first day of the Cougar Invitational at Cooper's Hawk in Melbourne.
Cornett, who earned medalist while leading the Pirates to the 1A state championship last season, landed a double eagle on the par 5, hole No. 10 to go along with an astounding 8 birdies and only 2 bogeys. Cornett hit the bottom of the cup from 187 yards out on his double eagle.
“That was impressive,” said Concord Coach Keith Cornett, who is Luke's uncle. “He shot a 3-under on the front and he had two bogeys. He has made a lot of progress this summer. He has played a lot of amateur stuff. He has had days where he has made some bogeys and I knew there would be a day where he would have a round like that because he hits that ball long and straight. His short game has improved so much and his putting has come on.”
Cornett followed his record setting day with another strong showing on Wednesday at Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend, where he shot a 2-under par 71 to finish 11-under in the two-day tournament while cruising to medalist honors with a total score of 133.
The Pirates tied with Ridgefield Christian of Jonesboro for second place as a team behind Cedar Ridge, which finished the tournament with a three-player score of 501 – 15 strokes ahead of Concord and Ridgefield.
Along with Cornett's 133, Jacob Webb shot a 92 on Tuesday and 86 on Wednesday, while T.J. Richardson scored 102 on both days for the Pirates.
Melbourne took fourth (528), Highland finished fifth (534), Pocahontas was sixth (544), West Side seventh (564), Midland eighth (569), Salem ninth (580), Southside Batesville 10th (580), Cave City 11th (582), Izard County Consolidated 12th (686) and Shirley 13th (734).
West Side golf
West Side's boys and girls edged Salem on Monday in a match at Tannenbaum in Drasco. Dalton Treece shot a 9-hole round of 43 to pace the Eagles, while Mason Treece finished with a score of 47 and Austin Grey added a 50 for a total score of 140, five strokes ahead of the Greyhounds. Breydon King (65) also competed for West Side.
The Lady Eagles combined for a total score of 182 to defeat Salem by six strokes as Emily Southerland led the way with a 9-hole round of 58, followed by Sydndee Phillips (60) and Carra Duncan (64). Ashley Gentry (65) and Destiny Cowley (72) also competed for West Side.
On Tuesday, West Side traveled to Cooper's Hawk in Melbourne for the opening day of the two-day Cougar Invitational. After one round, the Eagles stood in seventh place with a total score of 274 as Grey paced West Side with an 18-hole round of 83. Mason Treece followed with a score of 93, while Dalton Treece tallied a 98.
Cedar Ridge led after the first day with a three-player total of 244 and Concord (257) was second behind Cornett's record-setting round of 63.
Page 2 of 2 - The Eagles continued the two-day tournament on Wednesday at Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend, where Dalton Treece led West Side with a round of 93, Grey followed with a score of 96 and Mason Treece added a 101. The Eagles finished third amongst Class 1A schools.
Phillips led the Lady Eagles in the opening round of at the Cougar Invitational with a score of 110, followed closely by Southerland (111). Duncan added a total of 119 for a total of 340. Cowley (121) also participated for West Side.
Host Izard County Consolidated led the girls' field after round 1 with a total of 297, 32 stokes ahead of second-place Salem.
ICC cruised to the girls title with a 298 on Wednesday at Turkey Mountain for a two-day total of 595, while Salem held onto second place with a score of 329. The Lady Eagles placed third with a total of 358, paced by Southerland, who fired a round of 111. Phillips followed with a 123, Cowley added a 124 and Duncan (126) also competed for West Side.
Southside Batesville took fourth in the girls division – six shots behind West Side, and Melbourne finished fifth.