Marlin boys golf team finishes season undefeated

Todd Seagle | Special to The Log
Destin's eighth grader Blake Rigdon blasts a shot off the edge of a bunker at Regatta Bay in Tuesday's match with Ruckel. [TODD SEAGLE/SPECIAL TO THE LOG]

Blake Rigdon stood over his Titlist Pro V1 golf ball weighing his options. His drive on the par four Hole 6 at Regatta Bay had found the edge of a fairway bunker. He had 128 yards left to a front edge pin placement on an elevated green with only a small window to land the ball anywhere close to the hole. It would take a great shot from a tricky lie just to save par. Rigdon pulled out his 54 degree gap wedge and struck a high arching draw that stuck in the green like a dart, settling 2 feet from the hole. He tapped in the short birdie putt.

This was just one of many great shots from Destin’s Rigdon and fellow eighth grader Tyler Clark on Tuesday at Regatta Bay in their final match of the season.

The duo closed out their regular middle school season match in style, finishing 36 and 37 to lead the Marlins to an easy 160 to 209 win over the rival Ruckel Rams of Niceville.

“Blake and Tyler have been great leaders for our team over the past four years,” said Destin Coach Terry Gulledge. “Their hard work sets a great example for our younger players to follow. We wish them well at the next level.”

Rigdon and Clark have been part of three straight Okaloosa County Championship teams for the Marlins, and they want a fourth. The two friends are expected to vie for the individual championship.

Destin will also send seventh graders Tanner Morlan and Parker Seagle as part of the Marlin team who will try to secure their fifth straight county championship.

The Okaloosa County Middle School Golf Tournament will be played Monday at Eglin’s Falcon course in Niceville.