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Knights golf team lost four players to graduation

By Nick Schrager

With a swing of the club, the Marion County Knights golf team has teed up and taken its opening drive.


After losing Mason Gadberry, Logan Medley and Evan Dye to graduation, the group has a handful of returning players and only one senior this year: Trevor Burchell.

“We have four returners on a team that now has 12,” Knights Coach Chad Spalding said. 

The returning players include Burchell, Noah Dye, Houston Raikes and Bryce Spalding. 

“All four of those guys have improved from last year,” Spalding said. 

Currently, there’s no Lady Knight golf team. Last year’s only female player, Brianna Reynolds, graduated. For Spalding, not having a girls team is surprising, and he wants to find some female golfers.

“What’s surprising to me I guess is that we have two country clubs and no girls playing,” Spalding said. 

He added they usually don’t see female golfers when they’re out at Rosewood. He added several people at Lebanon Country Club said they don’t see female golfers either. 

“It’s not a matter of them wanting to play on the team. It’s a matter of they don’t play period,” Spalding said. 

With five matches already under their belt, the Knights are looking at a busy two months, facing 15 more games, including the boys regional tournament.

Two opponents came to Spalding’s mind when asked what teams will be a challenge this year. 

“Adair County and Taylor County always have two of the better teams in the region,” Spalding said. 

Looking ahead to their busy schedule, Spalding said he is looking forward to the team’s chemistry.

“This bunch of guys seems like they’re really having a lot of fun with each other. They’re getting along great,” Spalding said. “The bottom line is Coach [Jason] Simpson and I want to teach young men how to come in and play correctly, and enjoy it. It’s something they will be able to take with them the rest of their life, even when they’re old and gray like me.”