Geer headed back to state

By | September 29, 2011 12:00 am

Back to back trips to state. WCHS senior Allison Geer, shown above with Coach Eric Mitchell, earned her second straight trip to the TSSAA golf tournament with her performance in the region tournament earlier this week.

Rainy conditions on Monday made the going tough for the Region 3AAA golfers who were trying to earn spots in the TSSAA state tournament.
WCHS senior, Allison Geer, fought through the conditions and earned one of the final spots from this region in the state tournament. This will be the second trip to the state for Geer, who has already committed to Tennessee Tech.
The tournament was slated to be completed on Monday at Lake Tansi in Crossville. Mother Nature had different ideas. The TSSAA wanted the tournament finished on Monday so the teams went ahead and began region play despite the impending bad weather.
Strong winds eventually turned into hard rain that left playing conditions “miserable,” according to WCHS coach, Eric Mitchell.
The greens were flooded with water eventually forcing postponement of the remainder of the tournament until Tuesday. Golfers were all at different spots in the 18-hole event with many having played most of their holes in terrible conditions.
The tournament resumed and was completed on Tuesday with the two team spots (one girls and one boys) and the four individual berths each in the state being claimed.
Geer, who finished with an 83 for the tournament was the only WCHS golfer earning a spot in the state. She, in fact, was the lone female from District 6AAA advancing on to the state.
Walker Valley captured both the girls’ and boys’ team titles taking those spots in the state tournament.
The Walker Valley girls’, led by MTSU commitment, Avery George, finished with a team total of 162. George was the girls’ individual medalist.
The Warriorettes finished second overall with a 173, eleven strokes back of the Lady Mustangs. To go with Geer’s 83, Shelby Johnson shot a 90. Gabriella Farley also played finishing with a 122.
Soddy Daisy, the defending state champion, was third with a 180. They were led by Jessica Cathy, who has committed to Austin Peay. Cathey shot an 81. Ooltewah’s Samantha Griffith earned an individual spot shooting an 82. Geer finished tied with Rhea County’s Julie Keener at 83 securing the final two spots in the state.
The final team standings were as follows: 1 – Walker Valley (162), 2 – White Co. (173), 3 – Soddy Daisy (180), 4 – Cookeville (187), 5 – Ooltewah (188), 6 – Warren Co. (197).
Walker Valley’s boys edged Cookeville by one stroke for the boys’ title led by a 1-over 73 from Corey Evans, who won medalist honors. Walker Valley finished with a 327 while Cookeville checked in with a 328.
The Cavaliers took two of the four individual spots for the state. Adam Cunningham shot a 79 and Cody Harrington finished with an 80.
The Warriors finished 6th overall as a team finishing with a 362. WCHS senior, Drew Holland missed out on an individual spot by three strokes shooting an 83. A.J. Wilkerson shot an 88. Jesse Villard finished with a 92. Zach Payne rounded out the scoring with a 99. Caleb Winton also played shooting a 103.
The other two individual spots went to Tyler Reynolds from McMinn County (77) and Soddy Daisy’s Zach Hester (78).
The final team standings for the region were as follows: 1 – Walker Valley (327), 2 – Cookeville (328), 3 – McMinn Co. (330), 4 – Cumberland Co. (353), 5 – Soddy Daisy (354), 6 – White Co. (362).
Geer will be putting the finishing touches on her high school golf career when she competes in next week’s state tournament to be played at Willowbrook in Manchester. The practice round will be Monday with the tournament officially teeing off on Tuesday.

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