Maryville boys, Heritage girls, county individuals advance to region
By Gabriel Garcia | (email@example.com)
With the conditions about as good as they could get at Lambert Acres Golf Club, it was up to the Maryville boys to take advantage.
“The weather was perfect, so there are no excuses there,” said the Rebels’ Jake Headrick, whose 73 in the District 4-AAA golf tournament Monday netted him a fifth-place individual medal.
Maryville shot 308 as a team, good for third place and advancement to the Region 2-AAA tournament Sept. 17 at Tennessee National Golf Club in Loudon. The Rebels edged fourth-place Lenoir City by four strokes to clinch the final team spot in the region tourney.
Headrick pointed to hole No. 16, which he eagled to get back to even-par at the time, for his success. He finished his back nine with a 37, one-over, after his par 36 on the front nine.
Steve Bagwell finished with a 74 to help the Rebels’ cause, shooting a 36 on his back nine that included a birdie on No. 15.
“That got me going,” Bagwell said.
Lenoir City’s Cory Newman medaled in fourth place with an even-par 72. He and teammate Tanner Nelson, with a 75, qualified for the region tournament as individuals.
“I eagled No. 4, and it really helped me out in my round today,” Newman said. “And then (No.) 16 I was coming really close, and I almost eagled that one, but a birdie really helped me to close with that one.”
Heritage’s Hunter Bailey will also travel to Loudon as an individual after his 76 in the district competition.
Farragut took home the district team title with a score of 291, and the Admirals’ Stuart Thomas won the individual gold with a score of 68.
Bearden finished as team runner-up with a 297.
The Bulldogs’ Phillip Dean took home district silver with a 70, and teammate Tucker Roof rallied to the third-place medal, shooting a 32 on his back nine after a 39 on his front for a one-under 71.
Cydney Murrell’s 80 netted her a fifth-place individual medal and helped Heritage clinch a third-place team finish and a berth in the region tournament in Loudon.
Murrell’s performance was helped most by hole No. 9 on the white side of the course, a par-5.
“It’s uphill,” said Murrell, whose Lady Mountaineers finished with a 166 with Trista Holder’s 86, of the hole that helped her most. “It’s got some length to it.”
William Blount will send Megan Lawson, who scored an 84, and Catherine Metler, with a 91, to Tennessee National as individuals. Lady Rebel Kelly Herman, who shot an 82, and Lenoir City’s Mary Buckman, who hit an 85, will also compete as individuals in the region tourney.
Farragut took the team title for the girls competition and swept the top three medals. Kayland Boling finished in third place with a 76. But only two girls’ scores counted for the team score, and it was gold medalist Morgan Kauffman’s 65 and silver winner Teleri Hughes’ 67 that gave the Lady Admirals a sizzling 12-under-par team score of 132.
Alexa Pavon of Knoxville Catholic finished in fourth place with her 79, and the Lady Irish finished as runners-up with a 164 team score, just two ahead of the Lady Mountaineers.