The Concord Pirates golf team tackled two courses in two counties in two days this week, bringing home a fourth-place finish in the Izard County Cougar Classic Wednesday afternoon.
The three-time defending Class 1A state champion Pirates started the tournament at the Golf Course at Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend Tuesday afternoon, as both Ryan Brock and two-time All-State selection Brooks Benton shot rounds of 88, followed by Hunter Hartwick adding a 93 and Riley Cornett rounding out with a 96, good for a 269 team score and fourth place behind Izard County and Buffalo Island Central, who both tied for the lead at 253, with Pocahontas following with 258.
Brock turned in one of his best career days on the greens during day two of action at the Cherokee Village South Golf Course Wednesday afternoon, carding a four over par 76 to lead Concord, finishing third individually overall on the day and fourth overall for the tournament. Benton finished behind Brock with an 89, and both Hartwick (92) and Cornett (95) shaved a stroke off their first day totals, as the Pirates would finish in fourth place with an overall tally of 526.
Buffalo Island Central captured the title with a two-round total of 489, with Pocahontas claiming the second spot with a 502 and Izard County rounding out the podium with a 506. Miles Gifford from BIC won medalist honors after finishing with a total of 152, and Preston Massey from Pocahontas finished just five strokes back at 157.
The Pirates played in the Fairfield Bay Classic yesterday at their home course of Tannenbaum. Concord, who’s top four scorers all enter their senior seasons, will look to further the program’s success that has seen them win seven consecutive district crowns (2010-16), as well as four state championships in five years (2012, 2014-16), becoming the first Class 1A school in state history to secure a three-peat in golf state titles.