GOLF CHAMPS: Lady Marlins secure victory with best score

Lady Marlins secure victory with best score

Tina Harbuck

Not only did the Destin Lady Marlins win the Okaloosa County Middle School Golf Tournament played at the Eglin Golf Course on Monday, but Destin’s No. 1 player truly was No. 1.

Destin eighth grader Madison Tenore shot two under par across nine holes for a score of 34 on the Falcon Course. Her score was heads above the competition.

Last year Tenore was tournament medalist with a one under par showing.

“I started good, then I had one bad hole … I bogeyed,” Tenore said.

However, Tenore kept telling herself, “OK, its fine, it’s just bogey, it’s fine.”

A couple of holes later she got a birdie and brought her back to even par.

“Then I got that next birdie and I was one under … just keep it up,” she said.

When she got the 17th hole, she saw the opportunity for another birdie.

“When I went to putt, I got robbed … it lipped the cup … really,” she said.

On the final hole of the day, Tenore said she had gotten a decent lie on her fairway shot and was about 76 yards from the hole.

Hitting a sand wedge she put up another good shot.

“I didn’t even know how far it was, I thought it was probably about 3 feet away from the hole,” she said.

But once on the green she realized she was about a foot from the hole. She made the put for two under par.

“I was stoked,” she said. “I did much better today than last year.

“I’m so happy to leave this team and to be able to say I shot two under," she added. "I did my best … I’m so happy.”

Tenore wasn’t the only one with a smile on her face; Destin Coach Patricia Malpass was elated as well.

“I’m very proud of how the girls played today,” Malpass said. “We’ve been practicing and playing all season with one goal in mind — winning the county tournament.

“They all came out to play practice rounds and prepared for today and it paid off.”

In addition’s to Tenore’s 34, two under par, Destin’s Chaya Scharf made the All-Tournament team with a score of 49.

Destin’s Juliana Hock shot a 48 to claim the lowest sixth person award.

Others Marlins helping to secure that first place team finish were Riley Conroy with a 52, Gracie Chandler who carded a 53 and Marlee Rountree with a 57.