Two WCHS golfers begin pursuit of state title Tuesday
By Sparta Live | October 7, 2013 12:00 am
Two White County High School golfers will be competing for state championships when the Class 3A state golf tournament tees off Tuesday a Willow brook Golf Course.
Shelby Johnson and Cameron Bruce will be amongst the field of approximately 130 golfers that will be vying to state titles this season. The two golfers will make it four consecutive years that WCHS has had a golfer in the state tournament.
The tournament will have practice rounds on Monday with the field having varying tee times for the start of the event on Tuesday.
Johnson, a junior, will be making her second appearance in the state tournament. She will tee off at 8:10 a.m. on Hole #10. Last year in her first appearance at the state, Johnson finished in a tie for 15th place shooting a two-day total of 158. She was the second lowest scoring sophomore girl in the field last season.
Johnson, who shot a 79 at Riverwatch, was the runner-up medalist in the region tournament earning her spot as an individual in the state. The Warriorettes as a team finished second in the region, but only the top team advances.
Bruce, a sophomore, will be making his first appearance in the state. He too will tee off on Hole #10 in the first round, but at 9:20 a.m. Bruce narrowly missed out on qualifying for the state last year as a freshman, but shot a 78 this year in the region to earn one of the individual spots in the state tournament.
Coach Eric Mitchell commented on the two and the state tournament, “Everyone is equal right now and our two has just as good a chance as going out and winning as everyone else in the field. Everyone is starting out even. It just takes two great rounds of golf on Tuesday and Wednesday. Anything can happen. They just have to go out and golf their ball well and play their game. I am so proud of both of them for getting there. It’s a big honor to make it to the state.”
Both Johnson and Bruce were named first team District 6AAA for their play this year in the regular season.
Mitchell talked bout that as well, “I am proud of them for getting that honor. Shelby was very consistent all season. I think neither her nor Cameron shot as low as they would have liked during the regular season, but they just kept plugging along and working hard. I kept telling them that the postseason is all that matters and they did it when it counted. It was a strange season. We had more rain outs than we have ever had since I have been coaching.”
WCHS had a third player just miss out on qualifying for the state. Freshman Haden Welch missed out on making the state by just one stroke. He was also named to the district’s All Freshman team.
Mitchell commented on that, “This is the first year we’ve named a freshman team. The district had a lot of freshmen that contributed this season. Look at Warren County. They had a freshman girl step in that led them to the both the district and region titles and was named Player of the Year. I am proud of Haden for the way he played this season. The transition from middle school to high school is big. I think he was nervous to start the season, but then he adjusted and started to play better. He moved into our number two spot and had a great finish to the season. He has a very bright future.”