Guaranteed of spot in regionals, Lady ’Jackets claim third place
Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 12:00 pm
Headed to the next round anyway, Greenfield finished third in the District 13A-AA girls’ golf tournament on Tuesday.
Milan made it a clean sweep with the Lady Bulldogs winning the district championship one day after the Milan won the boys’ side of the tournament.
Milan won by a convincing 63 strokes over second place McKenzie. Milan tallied a final score of 162. McKenzie finished with a score of 225 with Greenfield finishing in third place with a score of 267.
With only 13 girls officially playing in the tournament, all 13 are automatic qualifiers for the Region 7A-AA tournament to be played at The Farms in Dyersburg on Monday.
The playing conditions changed drastically on Tuesday as compared with the boys’ tournament on Monday. High winds played havoc with many of the girls on Tuesday, while on Monday the boys had relatively calm winds. It did not help the girls with the course playing longer.
“There was a little more wind today and I think they had to move the tee boxes back a little bit,” Greenfield coach David Dunlap said. “I noticed they were playing a little further back in the tee boxes than they normally do. With TSSAA regulations, you have to play a certain distance anyway. So they were just moved to try to get in that regulation.
“It played a little more difficult than what the girls are accustomed to. But they did know which holes they were playing from so they had time to adjust to it.”
Greenfield had three golfers play officially with one alternate. McCall Scates led the Lady Yellowjackets in scoring with a round of 121. Ashley Tucker was second with a round of 146 followed by Victoria Galey with a score of 155. Tiffany Whitworth was Greenfield’s alternate golfer.
McCall did make a beautiful chip-in from 10 yards out on the par-4 12th hole to make par.
Four golfers will be playing as individuals in the regional next week. Resa Herndon of Camden, Huntingdon’s Courtney Caton and Reese Hopper made it to the regional and Tanya Chopra of Bradford is the fourth individual.
The number one golfer of the tournament had to be decided by a pair of playoff holes after Milan’s Rilee Taylor and Morgan Stuckey both finished with a score of 81 after 18 holes.
Stuckey won the playoff on the second hole after both golfers triple bogeyed the first hole. Stuckey bogeyed the second hole to take home the top honors.
Dunlap says he is going to have his girls out on the course for some practice to get them ready for the region and help build up their confidence.
“I think they played a little scared today,” Dunlap said. “It was the first time for a couple of them today. So it was a new experience for them. I am going to try to get the girls out there and get them on a good practice routine the rest of the week. I want to try to get them to get a little quicker start and get them some more confidence.” Published in the WCP 9.27.12