Bulldog golfers eliminated in district tournament
Although they showed significant improvement over last year's postseason performance, the Cornersville Bulldogs golf team was knocked out of the playoffs on Tuesday when they finished eighth out of 14 teams in the District 11-A-AA tournament, which was held at GreyStone Golf Club in Dickson.
The Bulldogs shaved 31 strokes off of last season's score and finished with a 365 on GreyStone's rolling par 72 layout after taking the top four rounds from five golfers. Senior Tate Lowery capped his CHS career by shooting a team best 81, while Colby Downs fired an 84. J.D. Crabtree carded a 98 for the Bulldogs as well and Matt Karban tallied a 102.
'A lot better'
"I was really pleased since we did a lot better than we did last year. The kids continue to work hard and shave strokes off their scores. This has been an enjoyable group to coach," said Cornersville coach Joy McMasters.
Lowery nearly claimed one of the five individual at large berths to the Region 6-A-AA tournament, but lost to Columbia Academy's Kase Maner in a four-hole playoff. Both golfers parred the first hole before each settling for bogey on the par 5 second. After they both parred the third hole, Lowery appeared to have the advantage on the fourth hole when he smacked his drive down the middle of the fairway while Maner ended up in the right rough.
Maner, however, gained the upper hand a few moments later when he hit a brilliant second shot that landed just five feet from the pin. Lowery then knocked his second shot eight feet away from the flag, but saw his birdie putt slide by the hole. Maner then claimed the at large spot by calmly sinking his birdie putt to win the hole.
"Tate has had an excellent golf career at Cornersville. I'm really disappointed for him because he's such a great kid and a great student athlete," said McMasters.
With the top three teams advancing to the District 12-A-AA tournament, the Stewart County Rebels took home the District championship by posting a score of 326. Patrick Craig and Rye Nolan both shot a 79 to pace Stewart County, while Jaden Anglin and Austin Byrd carded an 82 and an 86 respectively.
Montgomery Central finished seven strokes off the pace and came in second with a 333. Tyler Britt led the Indians with a 77, while Clayton Walker fired a 79. Jackson Griffey notched an 82 for Montgomery Central as well and Lucas Grinstead turned in a 95.
Fairview claimed the final spot in the Region tournament by shooting a 334. Bobby Stephens led the Yellow Jackets with a 76. Nick Fair followed Stephens with a 79, while Seth Wagner and Daniel Davis notched an 86 and a 93 respectively.
Waverly (341) and Lewis County (342) rounded out the rest of the top five teams in the tournament.
Creek Wood's Tyler Turpin turned in the best round of the day and earned first medalist honors by firing a 75. Lewis County's Lucas Brewer and Stephens both finished one shot behind Turpin, before Brewer defeated Stephens in a one-hole playoff to claim second place. Britt was fourth medalist, while Waverly's Ben Muha posted the fifth lowest score of day with a 78.
Turpin, Brewer, Muha, and Maner all earned at large bids to the Region tournament along with East Hickman's Dalton Thomasson, who shot an 80.
Girls team play
In the girls tournament, Lewis County claimed the title by recording a team score of 172 after taking the top two rounds from three golfers. Olivia Hinson led the Lady Panthers with an 82 and Callianna McDonald carded a 90.
Despite a strong effort from Madison Smith, Hickman County finished a distant second with a 192. Smith fired a 76 to pace the Lady Bulldogs, while Emma Gaspero shot a 116.
Montgomery Central grabbed the final Region berth and placed third in the tournament with a 198. Alexis Williams led the Lady Indians with a 92 and Kayleigh Baggett notched a 106.
Stewart County narrowly missed advancing to the Region tournament and finished two strokes back of Montgomery Central with a 200, while Santa Fe came in fifth with a 220.
Cornersville's Carly Salsman was the Lady Bulldogs lone representative in the tournament and shot a 117.
Smith garnered first medalist honors, while Hinson, McDonald, Williams, and Santa Fe's Ashley Dodson (93) rounded out the rest of the top five finishers in the tournament.
Dodson also earned one of the five individual at large bids to the Region tournament. Stewart County's Hannah Sharp (94), Waverly's Samantha Barker (105), Stewart County's Katie Hendrix (106), and Creek Wood's Cindy Williams (110) claimed the other four at large spots.