|Devilettes lead way, UC’s Stone reigns and OC moves on
|Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 7:00 pm
The District 14A-AA girls’ golf tournament turned into an all-Obion County affair — again.
For the second straight year, Union City’s Mollie Stone easily outdistanced the field to claim the individual championship, while South Fulton made it back-to-back team titles Monday at The Farms in Dyersburg.
Obion Central, which finished third behind the Devilettes and UC, made it an Obion County sweep as far as securing the three berths to next week’s regional tourney that will also be played at the D’burg course.
The South Fulton boys’ team, meanwhile, will also move on to the next round after placing third behind district champion Gibson County and Covington.
Stone, who is shooting for her third consecutive state tournament trip, carded a 79 to beat her closest competitor by 16 strokes.
The performance was eerily similar to last year when the Lady Tornado senior shot 78 and ran away from the field in an 18-shot victory.
Perhaps most impressively, she was one of just two players in both the girls’ and boys’ field to break 80 on a day when breezes reportedly pushed the scores higher than they normally would be, according to several coaches.
Team-wise, the South Fulton girls, who won their first district title in more than 10 years in 2011, beat Union City by 17 shots (206-223) with Obion Central another stroke back at 224. There were four teams in the field.
Sydney Easterwood registered an even 100 while McKenzee Pane — a state tournament qualifier last year as a sophomore — shot 106 to help the Devilettes become repeat champions.
Cailee Sinclair added to Stone’s total with a 144 to account for UC’s team score.
Obion Central’s Samantha Wallace came in with a 108 while teammate Ashlyn Runions finished with a 116 to account for the Lady Rebels’ cumulative total.
The third-place finish was identical to last year when Central also made it to the regionals.
In the boys’ competition, SF punched its region invite with a 345 total that was just five shots behind tournament titleist Gibson County and but two in back of runnerup Covington.
Easton Wolf shot an 84 to pace the Red Devils, with Harrison Hawks a stroke back. Nick Daugherty finished with an 87 and David Kent Brundige carded an 89.
Obion Central placed seventh among 13 teams with a 368 score.
Korben Hagen led the Rebels with an 88. Ryan Middlebrook carded an 89, Klayton Hagen a 94 and Cameron Green a 94.
Union City’s final total was 416.
Cruz Kepner’s 97 was the Tornadoes’ best score. Clay Treece shot 101 and both Chase Treece and Devin King finished at 109.
The 18-hole Region 7A-AA Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. next Monday, with the top team and best individual scores not on that unit advancing to the WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester on Oct. 9 and 10th.
The local boys will face off against a couple of familiar faces from neighboring Weakley County.
Greenfield’s Tony Robinson and Payton Williams from Dresden finished second and third, respectively, in the individual rankings of the District 13A-AA Boys’ Golf Tournament at the Milan Country Club.
Robinson shot a 92, while Williams fired a 95.
In addition, Westview’s Houston Haag joined the Obion County contingent from 14A-AA by qualifying with an 85.
All three, as well as the other top players and top three teams from each district, will move on to the Region 7A-AA Tournament next Monday at The Farms in Dyersburg.
Milan won with an impressive team score of 320. McKenzie finished second with a score of 349 and Camden was third with a score of 372.
Greenfield finished fifth as a team in the 13A-AA tournament and failed to qualify for the regionals.
The top five individuals from non-qualifying teams advance to next week’s regionals.
Mason Hilliard was Greenfield’s second best golfer on the day with a round of 108. Chris Reddick and Damon Biddle both shot a118.
Milan’s Taylor Stuckey was the medalist with a score of 73. The other four top scores were Milan’s Zeb Barrett with a round of 77, Jay Hunter Taylor of Camden with a round of 81, McKenzie’s Curtis Broadbent with a score of 82 and Kegan Riley, also of McKenzie, with a score of 83. Published in The Messenger 9.25.12