|UC gal Stone, SF guy Mayfield in links finale |
|Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 1:52 pm |
DYERSBURG — The field for the TSSAA Class A-AA State Golf Tournament is set in “Stone.”
Union City’s Erica Sturkie blasts her ball out of the sand trap on Monday.
And the “Chase” for two local golfers is about to begin.
Union City sophomore Mollie Stone and South Fulton junior Chase Mayfield both qualified for the state tourney after their respective finishes in the Region 7A-AA Tournament at Dyersburg’s The Farms course on Monday.
Mayfield, who qualified for the state tournament last season, fired a 76 to claim third place overall, as well as among players not on the regional champion Milan team, which finished with a 319.
The Bulldogs were 35 strokes ahead of second-place Gibson County.
The 7A-AA championship team advances to the Class A-AA tourney, as do the top four finishers not on that titleist team.
On the boys’ side, Westview’s Austin Smith claimed the individual regional championship with a 72, while GC’s Shane Peden was second with a 75. Bradford’s Keith Hodgens also claimed a state tournament berth with a 78 and fourth-place overall.
In girls’ action, Stone clinched her berth in the state finale via her 91 — good enough for third among female golfers not on the champion Milan squad. Stone was fifth overall.
She is the first Lady Twister to get to the state tournament since Carey Courtright (1994).
Covington’s Olivia Fow-ler recorded the top individual score with an 81. Greenfield’s Haley Rawls (88) and Camden’s Resa Herndon (95) both also earned berths to the state tournament.
All of the aforementioned players will return to the links in a two-day tournament for the state’s highest Class A-AA prize next Tuesday and Wednesday at WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester.
“I’m extremely proud of the way Mollie has taken the time and effort to get her to this point,” Twister golf coach Jason Qualls said. “It is a big accomplishment to get to state as a sophomore.”
On Monday, Stone combined with her Union City teammates — seniors Erica Sturkie and Sarah Riley — to finish in second among girls’ teams at the regional event. UC was 28 strokes back of the first-place Lady Bulldogs (169).
Meanwhile, the South Fulton boys were fifth overall with Mayfield being the lone Red Devil to earn a state berth.
“I’m happy for him,” SF golf coach Leah McFarland said. “He’s worked hard in the offseason for this”
Additionally, Hunter Hutchins finished with a 93 for South Fulton and Easton Woolf completed the 18-hole course at 104.
Seniors J.B. Graves and Hunter Faulkner took to the links for the final time as Red Devils. Graves carded a 105, while Graves came in at 117.
A handful of other locals took to the links on Monday.
On the boys’ side, Obion Central senior Garrett Both turned in a 90, while UC’s Clay Treece totaled a 102.
In girls’ play, Sturkie shot a 106, while Riley finished her prep golf career with a 155.
OC’s Ashlyn Runions, Samantha Wallace and Krissy Worrell all competed at the regional level with respective scores of 126, 131 and 148.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.