Johnson finishes 12th in the state
By Sparta Live | October 13, 2013 12:00 am
For the White County High School golfers, the second day of competition at the TSSAA state golf match at Willow brook was a reversal of fortunes.
Shelby Johnson, after struggling by her own standards in Tuesday’s opening round, bounced back strong on Wednesday and ended her junior season by being tied for 12th in the state.
Cameron Bruce was tied for 12th after the first day of competition and was just four strokes off the lead. By the time the second round was over on Wednesday, the WCHS sophomore finished the tournament in a tie for 39th.
Johnson, who was making her second state tournament appearance, played a solid round on Wednesday knocking 12 strokes off her opening round. After shooting an 86 on Tuesday, Johnson fired a 2-over 74 on Wednesday for the fourth lowest score of the day. That vaulted her up into a tie for 12th with a tournament total of 160. She finished tied with Farragut’s Kayland Boling. Their tournament score of 160 was the 8th lowest in the event.
The tournament winner was Brighton’s Aubree Jones, who shot a 148 (72-76). The second place finisher was Ooltewah’s Samantha Griffith (77-72-149). Cookeville’s Anna Cunningham (78-81-159) finished in a four-way tie for eighth. Both Griffith and Cunningham are in the same region as Johnson, but both are seniors leaving Johnson as the highest returning finisher in the state in Region 3AAA that will return next season.
The Powell sisters, Hannah and Saylem, from Warren County finished in 17th and 18th, respectively, leaving District 6AAA well represented. The Warren County girls’ finished fourth as a team.
Bruce shot a solid 74 in the tournament’s opening round putting him four strokes behind the leader going into the tournament’s second round. On Wednesday, the putts were not falling as well for Bruce and he finished the day with an 82 for a tournament score of 156. He finished the tournament in a four-way tie for 39th in his initial state appearance.
Hendersonville’s Noah Trencher and Smyrna’s Zach Haynes tied with a 142 after both shot identical 71’s each day of the tournament. Trencher won the state title in the second playoff hole. Hendersonville also won the boys’ team title.
The top District 6AAA finisher in the boys’ tournament was Cookeville freshman, Will Brooks, who shot a tournament total of 154, just two strokes ahead of Bruce. That 154 put Brooks in a tie for 36th.
In the boys’ field, there were logjams at several different spots. Seven different players in the tournament finished tied for 29th with a 153. With all the ties at those spots, Bruce’s score of 156 was the 14th lowest score of the tournament. He was also 14 strokes back of the state champion.
The brightest spot for the WCHS golf team is that both these state tournament participants will return next season for the Warriors and Warriorettes.