Red Devil Chase ends at 7th; UC’s Stone ‘solid’ in middle

Red Devil Chase ends at 7th; UC’s Stone ‘solid’ in middle
Red Devil Chase ends at 7th; UC’s Stone ‘solid’ in middle

South Fulton’s Chase Mayfield watches a putt at the Class A-AA State Golf Tournament.
Both South Fulton’s Chase Mayfield and Union City’s Mollie Stone have nothing to be ashamed of after Wednesday’s final round of the Class A-AA State Golf Tournament.
Mayfield, who began the second and final round in third place, totaled an 80 for the round and 151 for the tournament to finish in a four-way tie for seventh place.
Meanwhile, Stone — a newbie to the golf game competing at the state level for the first time — was smack dab in the middle of the 52-girl field at 26th with a two-day total of 186.
Mayfield, though excited about a top 10 finish, insisted he could have done better.
“I didn’t have a good day,” Mayfield, who improved his standing by 30 positions from a year ago, said afterwards. “To be honest, I hit the ball pretty bad. I set out to make par on every hole today, but I just wasn’t able to do it.”
Red Devil golf coach Leah McFarland agreed that it was not Mayfield’s best outing, but she was still happy with the final result.
“I’m proud of Chase for his top 10 finish,” McFarland said. “He still has next year. And if he improves like he did in the last offseason, there’s a good chance Chase can compete for the state title again.”
Alcoa’s Grant Daugherty claimed the A-AA boys’ state championship with an even-par 144. Chrisitan Academy of Knoxville freshman Sophia Schubert ran away with the girls’ crown, ahead of second-place by 15 strokes with a two-day total of 145.
Mayfield’s morning began just as Day 1 had for him with pars on the first three holes. However, Mayfield deviated from his Tuesday plan with bogeys on four and five. He recovered with a par of No. 6, but had to settle for a double-bogey on the seventh hole.
On the back nine, Mayfield got stuck on the No. 5.
He needed said number of shots to find the cup on holes 14-17, resulting in two bogeys, a double-bogey and a par. Mayfield birdied No. 18 to finish strong.
On the girls’ side, Stone and her Twister golf coach Jason Qualls chalked up her debut as a success.
“It’s definitely beneficial for her to get an opportunity to play up here as a sophomore,” Qualls said after Stone finished Wednesday’s round with a 92 — a two-stroke improvement from Day 1. “She understands  what it takes to both get here and win here.”
Stone’s highlight reel shot came on No. 3 when she birdied the par-3 hole after a terrific tee shot.
Stone struggled on the green for the second straight day — needing four putts on at least two holes
“I need to improve the most on my putting,” Stone said when asked about what she will work on during the offseason. “I hit almost every green, but my putting was lacking.”
Still, getting to this point as an underclassman was accomplishment enough for Stone — for now.
“It was a great experience and I hope I can come back next year and have a much better tournament.”
Divots: Gibson County senior Shane Peden fired an even-par-72 on Wednesday to finish in 18th with a two-day total of 158, while Westview’s Austin Smith posted a cumulative total of 160 to tie for 20th. Greenfield’s Haley Ra-wls (186) joined Stone and two others at 26th. … Of the Region 7A-AA girl golfers at state, only Milan’s Leah Watson (174) and Rilee Taylor (182) bettered UC’s Stone.

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