Forrest girls reach end of the road
The Forrest girls found out on Monday at the Region 5A-AA Tournament at Champions Run Golf Course in Rockvale that the deeper you advance in the post-season, the stiffer the competition becomes as they saw their season come to end.
"The competition was very good, the winning girls shot lower than usual," said Forrest coach Jeremy Jean. "I am proud of the way our girls played, they didn't get down and quit, they just plugging away."
Caitlyn Burt, Dani Hoeft, and Randi Toombs, who finished in third place at the District 9A-AA Tournament last week, struggled at Champions Run, shooting a 211, which put them in sixth place.
Hoeft led the Lady Rockets with a 104, while Burt carded a 107, and Toombs came home in 124 strokes on the 5,442 yard Rutherford County tract.
"For our girls, we have to get better from 100 yards in and around the greens," said Jean. "Their drives don't get them into trouble. If they can improve on those two things, they have a chance to be really good next year. I look for them to take the next step next year and get us to the state."
The Clarksville Lady Cougars successfully defended their region title, posting a team score of 165, three shots clear of second place Lipscomb Academy.
Bailey Foote shot 81 to lead Clarksville Academy, while Malory Saleh finished with an 84, and Michaela Dowdy carded a 128.
Only the top two scores are used for the final team total.
District 9A-AA champions White House (188) finished third, East Robertson (196) came in fourth, White House-Heritage was fifth, and the Lady Rockets rounded out the field.
The Lady Cougars finished in fourth place at last year's TSSAA State Tournament at Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester, posting a 336 which was 21 strokes behind first place Sullivan South.
The four individual qualifiers were Christina Veltvong (Lipscomb Academy-77), Delaney Lazenby (East Robertson-84), Haleigh Riley (Jo Byrns-89), and Mary Alice Armstrong (Lipscomb Academy-91).
In boys' action, the Lipscomb Academy Mustangs fired an impressive four-man score of 320 to defend their region crown and make a return trip to the state tournament, where they came in fourth last year; finishing 23 shots behind Alcoa.
Davis Armstrong's three over par 75 led the Mustangs, while his Cougar teammates also put up some impressive scores with Paul Swindell firing a 78, Heath Bridges came home in 82 strokes of the clubs, and Tyler Pierce signed for an 85 on the 6,472 yard Champions Run layout.
White House-Heritage (328) finished second, Clarksville Academy took third (343), Cheatham County (344) and White House (344) tied for fourth, and Martin Luther King (375) came home in fifth place.
White House-Heritage's Cage Ellis fired an even par round of 72 to take home top medalist honors, while Nicholas Henderson (Jo Byrns-76), Levi Lorenzo (East Robertson-76), and Austin Cherry (Clarksville Academy-79) all qualified for the individual portion of the State Tournament that will commence on September 23 at Willowbrook Golf Club.