One thing first-year assistant coach Matt Cole was surprised to see at his first few practices with Fort Smith Southside was the sight of diminutive senior Wesley Carson possessing balls in the air over larger defenders.
Founded in 2003 and designed by Robert Trent Jones II No. 1, par 4, 444 yards A tough opening hole that requires accuracy to avoid trees on the left and water that runs along the right side. The green is 29 yards deep with a safety area left of the greenside bunker. “It’s a challenging hole,” said John Warburton, head golf professional at Chenal Country Club. “That can really set the tone. If you make a mistake on your first swing, you can make a bogey or double bogey real easy, and that can set the pace.”
Zachary Coats had a relatively uneventful round with two birdies and one bogey Monday to qualify for this week’s Southern Amateur Championship. It didn’t go quite as smoothly for the final two qualifiers.