Everything is going right for the Commerce Tigers’ golf team. The squad continues to make history, as both Jeremy Davis (Bryan College commit) and Henry Sharpton became the first pair of Commerce golfers to break 80.
Both did so at the Area Tournament last Monday at Double Oaks in Commerce, with Davis carding a team-best 75, good for fourth in the area. Henry tied for sixth with a 79. Landon Worley (89) and Carter Culp (96) rounded out the team scores, as the Tigers finished second (339) in a pool of talented teams.
“Just like any sport, you want to be playing your best when the playoffs come,” says coach Matthew Lund. “These guys have been playing with a lot of confidence, a lot of poise, which is definitely imperative in sport like ours. We’re hoping that that carries over to state.”
ACE Charter (Macon) finished as the Area Champions, edging Commerce by a mere four strokes. Davis’ 75 score was the lowest for a Tiger in the tournament since the Class 1A Public/Private split seven years ago.
“Jeremy played the best round of his career,” Lund stated after the tournament. “He was confident, took his time, didn’t let mistakes or bogeys bother him, and knew exactly what to do on every shot. He has struggled to find consistency this season, but is playing his absolute best golf right now. He looked like a college player on Monday.”
Davis, a senior two-time captain and leading scorer three years running, is a veteran leader on the team, while Sharpton represents part of the core future of the Commerce program. The freshman is the low scorer for the season at Commerce. He has broken 40 on 9 holes five times this season.
“Henry is going to be a star going forward,” stated Lund following the area match.
Sharpton gleans a lot from Davis, and Davis admits that the healthy competition exists between the pair. As Davis puts it to his younger teammates, Sharpton included, “Do your best…but I hope I beat you.”
Commerce must now set its sights on the upcoming state tournament, which will prove even more difficult.
“Heading into state in Warner Robins, we are hopefully going to continue to play with the same confidence and stability that has resulted in success over the past few weeks,” adds Lund. “This puts us within five strokes of having the top area score in the state and in prime position to make a serious run if we can use the next two weeks to prepare the right way.”
Both Davis and Sharpton have been prepping for state tirelessly.
“I definitely feel good right now, where I’m at,” says Davis. “I definitely do feel like I’m peaking at the right now…so it’s good to see that I’m playing well, but there’s still shots to be made up for. At state time, I can knock that shots in also and improve even more.”
“I know what I can do, I just have to go out and do it,” says Davis on his outlook for state. “I’m just trying to make sure I’m mentally prepared – not setting myself up to fail.”
Davis adds that he’s working on his short game for the area tournament, which includes practicing on similar greens that he’ll see in Warner Robins.
“Get down there and enjoy ourselves,” adds Sharpton on his plans to be ready for state. “Go in with the mindset that we can win this thing.”
If the boys play like they did at area, but pick up a few shots they left out there, there’s a good chance Commerce will be in the conversation for a state title. The tournament is May 20-21 at Warner Robins.