Santa Fe girls, Page boys claim region golf crowns
For the first time in over a decade there will be no golfers representing Marshall County at next week's Class A-AA State Tournament at Old Fort Golf Course in Murfreesboro.
The District 12A-AA champion Santa Fe Lady Wildcats claimed their second consecutive region championship with a one-hole playoff victory over Hickman County.
Santa Fe's Mikayla Dodson was low medalist at the tournament, shooting an 82 while her sister Bobbi carded an 88 for a 170 total.
Alexandria Qualls led the way for the second place Hickman County Lady Bulldogs, carding an 83 and her teammate Chelsea Lancaster shot 87 for 170.
Santa Fe won the playoff on the Par 4, 311-yard first hole with a 7-9
Qualls and Lancaster both qualified for the individual portion of the state tournament along with teammate Miranda Beard (89) and Page's Jessica Zweifel (87).
The Forrest Lady Rockets finished in 5th place with an aggregate score of 214 with both Kelsey Holder and Shelby Stinnett shooting identical 107's.
Marshall County had no girls on the team this year.
Cornersville's Kaylee Cook shot 108 and Kaitlyn Rogers carded a 129 in the individual flight.
On the boys side, the Page Patriots claimed the school's first ever region championship with a 317-321 victory over the defending Region 6A-AA titleholders, Loretto.
A smiling Page coach John Paquet said after the win, "Unbelievable. The boys really regrouped after the front nine and brought home some incredible scores, particularly Ben Brannum and Cody Campbell to support Ryan Oliver and Aaron Gaddis. It was the lowest score in the history of the school that I know of. It is an amazing testimony to how hard they all worked this year. I fully expect them to make a little noise at the state. It is just unbelievable and I am extremely proud of them."
Ryan Oliver, last week's low medalist at the District 11A-AA Tournament was also the low medalist Monday, shooting a two over par 74 to lead the way for the Patriots four shot win over Loretto.
Aaron Gaddis was next for the Pats with a 76, Ben Brannum shot 82, Cody Campbell carded an 85, and Patrick Keller came home in 102 strokes.
Second place Loretto was led by Joel Conway's 76, Taylor Springer had a 79, Miles Franklin shot 82, Jake Conway signed for an 84, and Josh Purser rounded out the scoring with an 86.
The Marshall County Tigers finished in a tie for third with Giles County at 326.
John Keny and Drew Killian both shot 80 for the Tigers, Justin Killian carded an 82, Connor Kennedy had 84, and Drew Sanford carded an 86.
Marshall County head coach Gary Wells said after the tournament, "We shot 326 and I thought it would take 316-317 to win in the region because the competition is much tougher. We just came up a little short. We had a couple of guys that were a little over with nobody in the seventies and you need a couple of guys in the 76-77 range and a couple of guys in the 80-81 range who have never shot that, but it just did not work out. Page shot a good score and they deserved it."
The Forrest Rockets finished 5th with an aggregate score of 353.
Mikey Herron was low man with an 87, Coy Shultz shot 88, Taylor Schoenberger and Jordan Ray both came home in 89 strokes, and Ryan Daughrity signed for a 93.
Cornersville's Abel Singleton shot 94 in the individual portion of the tournament.
Joel Conway (Loretto-76), Cameron Ricketts (Frank Hughes-77), and Giles County's Joseph Rackley (76) and Garrett Rackley (77) all qualified for next week's state tourney.