Tipton-Rosemark Academy Head Golf Coach Andrew Womack is running out of time with senior Colton Hall.
Hall has been a fixture on the Rebel Golf team since his eighth grade year. Womack took over the program in 2010 when Hall was a sophomore.
Now the duo has one more season together leading a team featuring three freshmen and three sophomore. On Aug. 20 Womack got some unexpected extra time to be the coach of Hall when he won a tournament at Dyersburg in a five-hole playoff.
“That was the first playoff I’ve been a part of as far as one of my golfers being involved in,” Womack said. “When Colton came in after his original 18, he didn’t think there wasn’t any way he would be in the top three or four because he shot 3 over. For his standards in not very good.”
The 75 could be good enough to force a playoff with Matt Chandler of McNairy Central. Hall almost ended the tournament on the first two playoff holes just missing putts from about 10 feet.
On the next two holes, Hall had to come up clutch and nail putts from about 20 feet to keep the match going.
“Then the fifth playoff hole which was a par three, he stuck it about six feet away,” Womack recalled. “Then he got birdie for the win. That was exciting and good for him.”
In a field of 17 teams, TRA finished eighth. Womack said the young talent on his team is coming along against the tough private school competition in West Tennessee.
“The season has started real strong for us,” he said. “Outside of Colton, we’re relatively young. Colton is a senior. I have three sophomores and three freshmen to make up the rest of my team. We have a little bit of stability behind Colton this year. Something we haven’t had in the past.”
TRA foursome is Hall, sophomores Nathan Whitley and Gil Erwin and freshman Houston Hall. Houston is the current No. 3 and little brother of Colton. Whitley plays No. 2 for the Rebels, meanwhile Erwin is the anchor.
“When those four are on their game we have a chance to compete against a lot of teams,” Womack said. “They’ll get to see golf at a pretty high level. At some points it might be intimidating to them. But they’re young and they’re going to get a chance to see what they have to do to accomplish goals they might have.”
Womack said if all his players continue to progress, they can finish in the top half of the league. As for Colton, he expects him to make another trip to State in September.
“He can win the Region,” he said. “There’s some other golfers who are very capable of winning it. The No. 1 ranked player in the state is Grant Herman of St. George’s. He’s also in our division.
“But Colton can definitely compete for the Region title and definitely compete well at the State Tournament,” Womack added. “I would be real disappointed if he didn’t make the State Tournament again for the fourth time in five year.”
Although there time together as player and coach is winding down, Womack said he is looking forward to the day Hall is the latest TRA athlete to sign a college scholarship.
“I think Colton has definitely established himself as a premiere golfer in the area,” he concluded. “With that he’s gotten some interest from colleges, Tenneessee Tech, UT-Martin, Union. Those are just a few off the top of my head. It will be interesting to see if he shows well this year what will happen. If he does well, I’m sure the offers will continue to roll in.”