State Tournament berths on line at Riverwatch

By | September 26, 2013 12:00 am

Berths in the TSSAA Class AAA golf tournament will be on the line Thursday at Riverwatch Golf Course when the Region 3AAA tournament gets underway.
The top teams and individuals from Districts 5 & 6 will tee off Thursday morning and each will be in hopes of turning in their best rounds of the season to earn a spot in the state tournament.
White County High School will have seven golfers competing in the event. The Warriorettes earned one of the team spots in the region with their runner-up finish last Thursday in the District 6AAA Tournament, which was also played at Riverwatch.
The Warriorettes, led by third medalist Shelby Johnson, came in second behind district champion, Warren County. Cookeville’s Lady Cavaliers earned the other team spot. Also competing for WCHS will be Melaney Payne and Kate Ferguson.
Johnson will be looking to make back to back trips to the state. Last year as a sophomore, she finished runner-up in the region and captured a spot in the Class AAA state tournament.
The District 5AAA champions, Walker Valley, along with the McMinn County and Soddy Daisy girls will compete in the tournament as well as the top five individuals from that district not on one of those teams.
On the boys’ side of things, the Warriors failed to qualify as a team, but had players take four of the five individual spots in the region tournament. While none were medalists in the tournament, Cameron Bruce, Haden Welch, Zach Payne and Tommy Sparkman all earned individual spots in the tournament. The low five overall scores of the tournament were all on winning teams. Payne and Sparkman are juniors. Bruce is a sophomore and Welch is a freshman.
The Cookeville boys’ won the District 6AAA tournament followed by Warren County in second and Cumberland County in third.
Walker Valley made it a sweep in District 5AAA capturing the boys’ title as well as the girls’. East Hamilton finished second and Ooltewah took the final team spot.
Only one team, the region champion, will advance to the state. The top four individuals not on that team will also earn spots in the event.
The first group of golfers will tee off at 9 a.m. Thursday.

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