WCHS golfers net Top 20 finishes in the state

Posted By | September 28, 2012 12:00 am

Putting it in the cup. Shelby Johnson sinks a putt during the TSSAA state golf tournament. Johnson, a sophomore, shot a 158 in the tournament and finished tied for 15th.

Watching the tee shot. A.J. Wilkerson wrapped up his high school golf career finishing tied for 20th in the state. His two-day total at Willowbrook Golf Club was 150. The WCHS senior will be playing golf for Tennessee Tech next season.

Two White County High School golfers wrapped up the 2012 golf season by finishing among the top 20 Class AAA golfers in the state of Tennessee.
Shelby Johnson, a sophomore finished in a two-way tie for 15th shooting a two day total of 158. Her senior teammate, A.J. Wilkerson, put the finishing touches on his high school golf career ending with a five-way tie for 20th in the state.
After shooting a 76 on Tuesday, Wilkerson came back to fire a 2-over 76 on Wednesday. Wilkerson again started the day off on the back nine at Willowbrook and shot par, which is 36. He opened with a birdie on hole #10 and then parred the next five holes. After a bogey on hole # 16, he wrapped up the back nine with pars on 17 and 18. On the front nine, he opened with a par and then rounded out the day with five pars and a bogey to shoot a 2-over 38 for the front nine.
His two-day total of 150, which was six over, was the 10th best score for the tournament, but due to several ties along the way, it left him in a five-way tie for 20th.
Wilkerson had the best score of any other golfer in District 6AAA or Region 3AAA. Robert Panker from Cookeville was one stroke back at 151.
Coach Eric Mitchell commented on Wilkerson’s play.
“Usually A.J.’s best thing in golf are par 5’s because he was probably the longest driver down there are the state. He finished six over for the tournament and he was four over on hole number two, which is a par 5. He usually birdies that hole and I have even seen him shoot an eagle on it. Other than that, A.J. really scored well for 4-over. He didn’t hit it real well the first day, but I thought he did the second day. We’re very proud of A.J. It has been a special year for him. He was district champ, region champ, made the state tournament and committed to Tennessee Tech.”
Johnson burst onto the scene for his first state tournament appearance and left quite a mark on the field. She was the second lowest scoring sophomore in the field and finished in a two-way tie for 15th. Her 158 was the ninth best score in the girls’ field.
After shooting a 78 on the first day of state play, Johnson, like Wilkerson, opened play on Wednesday on the back nine for the second straight day. She shot an 80, which is five over. She had four pars and four bogeys, but shot a triple bogey on Hole #16. On the front nine, she opened with a par and followed that with three straight bogeys. She bounced back and wrapped up her state tournament play with five straight pars to finish three over on the front nine and a second round score of 80.
Johnson had the best score of any other District 6AAA or Region 3AAA female golfer for the state tournament. She was one stroke up on Cookeville junior, Anna Cunningham and Ooltewah junior, Samantha Griffin, which sets the table for an interesting district and region tournament in 2013.
Mitchell commented on Johnson, “I am tickled to death with Shelby. A 78 on the first day of the state for a sophomore is great. She came back with an 80 on the second day. She had a really good showing for a sophomore. She has a really good chance to have a great high school career if she continues to work hard.”
The girls’ individual medalist for the tournament was Clarksville Samantha Botcher, who shot a 141 (71-70). Abby Gregory from Beech finished with a 44 (73-71) for second place honors.
Clarksville cruised to the girls’ team title shooting a 292 propelled by Gotcher’s 3-under. Farragut came in second (302) followed by Sullivan South (311. Cookeville and Riverdale finished tied for fourth at 329. The Warriorettes defeated Cookeville earlier this season.
There was a tie for medalist honors in the boys’ tournament with three golfers shooting 4-under. Farragut’s Stuart Thomas won the playoff for the title shooting a 140. He was tied with Siegel’s Arjun Anday and Dickson County’s Ben Wolcott.
Siegel won the boys’ team title shooting a 593 with Houston finishing two strokes back in second place. Farragut finished third with a 599. Cookeville’s boys, whom the Warriors defeated in the district tournament, finished eighth.

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