Bruce in thick of things after state’s first round
By Sparta Live | October 9, 2013 12:00 am
After the first day of the Class AAA state golf tournament at Willowbrook Golf Course, Warrior golfer, Cameron Bruce, finds himself still in contention for the title.
Bruce, a sophomore, fired a 2-over 74 on the first day, which puts him four strokes back of the leader going into the second day of the event.
Warriorette golfer, Shelby Johnson, finds herself tied for 20th after a day that saw some unusually high scores for the girls’ field. A swirling wind made for an interesting day on the course. Only three girls broke 80 in the field led by Brighton’s Aubree Jones, who finished even at 72 after the first 18 holes.
Bruce started his day on the back nine and finished that portion of the course with a 2-over 38, but shot par (36) on the front nine to come into the clubhouse at 2-over. His score was the fifth lowest for the boys on the day, but a log jam at 73 left him tied for 12th. Even though he is in 12th place, he is just four strokes back of the leader.
Coffee County’s Matt Johnson, whose home course is Willowbrook, leads all golfers with a 2-under 70. Two golfers are tied at 71 and two more at 72. Six golfers finished the day with a 73, which puts all of them tied for sixth. Cookeville’s Sean Conally is among those with a 73.
Bruce is tied with Springfield’s Vince Gallagher for 12th.
After finishing the back nine with four pars, two birdies and one double bogey, Bruce parred seven holes on the front. He birdied six, but bogeyed nine to par the front nine and end his day at 2-over.
Bruce was scheduled to tee off Wednesday for day 2 of the state in group #31 at 10:20 a.m. on Hole #2 in the group just ahead of the leaders.
The girls’ field seemed particularly affected by the swirling winds on Tuesday. Of the three girls that broke 80 on the first day, two of those were golfers that Johnson defeated in the region tournament.
After Jones’s 72, Ooltewah’s Samantha Griffith fired a 77 to come in second. Finishing third on day one was Cookeville’s Anna Cunningham with a 78. The next group saw five girls tied at 80 for fourth place. Then log jams at 81 (four golfers tied for ninth) and 82 (four golfers tied for 13th) bunched up the top finishers after round one.
Johnson, who shot a 42 on the front nine after starting the day with a 44 on the back nine, is tied for 20th with two other girls that also shot an 86 on day one. They are 14 strokes back of the leader, but only six strokes out of fourth place.
For day two, Johnson was to tee off at 8:20 a.m. on Hole #10.