MARYVILLE — It was a big day for several local high school golfers Monday, Sept. 10, at the District 4 Large School championships at Lambert Acres.
Players battled threatening weather conditions on the par-72 course in Blount County — but when the weather cleared, Farragut High School returned to Knox County with a pair of league championships.
The FHS boys won the title with a team score of 281, while the Lady Ads won the crown with a team total of 143.
“Every year, at the beginning of the season, we set goals,” “We also set goals at the beginning of the postseason. Our boys wanted to shoot a 282 and they actually surpassed that by one shot,” FHS coach Kathy Nagy said. “Our girls wanted to shoot a 143, and they were able to do that.”
All Farragut boys finished under par. Steven Haremski captured Low Medalist honors with a 3-under-par 69, followed by Chad Homan (70) and Lance Simpson and Antonio Farinella (71).
For the Lady Admirals, Lexanne Halama was Low Medalist after firing a 67. Farragut had two other players finish in the top-5: Aynsleigh Martin, whose 76 was tallied in the team scoring, finished third. Farragut’s Lindsay Ott took fourth in the individual standings as she fired a 78.
In both the boys and girls tournaments, Knoxville Catholic took the runner-up spot and will join Farragut at next week’s Region 2 championships at Three Ridges Golf Course Tuesday, Sept 18.
The Irish boys finished with a team score of 314, with the Lady Irish posting 162.
Michael Ray led KCHS with a 74. Taylor Ray had a 78 while Walter Pickering and Neumann MacDonald each shot 81.
Kennedy Noe led Catholic’s girls with an even-par 72. Jodie Spangler finished with a 90 and Amelia Rechter posted a 93, which didn’t figure in the team scoring.
“I thought we played well,” Irish coach Adam Walker said about his teams.
Bearden’s boys, meanwhile, claimed the final region team spot by finishing third at 315.
Bryson Morrell finished with a 73. Carson Kammann carded a 78. Logan Roddy finished with an 81 and Drew Downey had an 83.
Bearden’s girls didn’t advance as a team, but Emma Kammann will represent the Lady Bulldogs at region. She posted a 90.
Hardin Valley Academy’s Jeremy Jones (74) and Spencer Dodson (75) also qualified for region.