Noe, Knox Catholic girls join CAK boys as champs at ORCC; Farragut teams top 3

  • Kennedy Noe, a Knoxville Catholic senior, earned medalist honors (+9) while leading her KCHS team to a first-place finish (+29) during the 36-hole 5 Star Preps Masters 2020 at Oak Ridge Country Club Monday and Tuesday, July 28-29. She is shown teeing off at No. 10 during the final round Tuesday. - Alan Sloan

  • Madilyn Newman, a rising senior at HVA, hits a nice iron shot close to the hole on No. 9 green. - Alan Sloan

  • John Meadows, a rising senior at CAK, evaluates his tee shot at No. 11. - Alan Sloan

  • Gabrielle Starling, rising junior at FHS, follows her second shot in the fairway at No. 11. - Alan Sloan

  • Vivian Wang, rising junior at FHS, studies her putt on the 10th green. - Alan Sloan

  • Kate Faulkner, rising sophomore at CAK, plays a left-to-right putt on the 11th green. - Alan Sloan

  • Curious where her iron shot at No. 10 landed is Kennedy Noe, rising senior at KCHS. - Alan Sloan

  • Owen Queener, rising freshman at FHS, putts on the 10th green. - Alan Sloan

OAK RIDGE — Re-introducing TSSAA high school sports to the Farragut area — for the first time since March 12 — 5 Star Preps Masters 2020 at Oak Ridge Country Club featured 12 girls and 12 boys teams to begin the week.

Due to an inadvertent infraction — “a mix-up on some tee boxes” according to Farragut High School head coach Jon Higgins — a resulting 6-stroke penalty during opening-round play Monday, July 27, left Higgins’ Lady Admirals (+35) finishing the 36-hole, two-day tourney third instead of tied for first.

Medalist Kennedy Noe (+ 9), a senior, led team champ Knoxville Catholic (+29).

Noe edged out Madilyn Newman (+9), a Hardin Valley Academy senior.

Christian Academy of Knoxville finished a close second (+30) as a team, led by sophomore Kate Faulkner, who captured third individually (+11).

Bearden claimed fourth as a team (+46).

On the boys’ side, CAK finished as champs (+38), with Farragut 10 strokes behind (+48).

Although Halls is listed as second on the Champions Junior Tour Golf website (+40), “We finished second,” Higgins said about his Admirals.

(More details on the FHS boys later in this story)

Lady Ads in detail

Gabrielle Starling, an FHS junior, took fourth place (+12), while teammate Vivian Wang, also a junior, finished sixth (+19).

“Gabby Starling played extremely well,” Higgins said. “She had two rounds of 78, which was really, really impressive. … She came on strong at the end of last year, and I’m glad to see it continue in the early parts of this year.

“I thought Vivian played well (Monday),” the coach added about his other junior. “She had moments today (Tuesday).”

Though saying Lindsay Ott, Lady Ads senior, struggled on the front nine holes both days, “I thought she played exceptionally well on the back nine both days,” Higgins said. “… I thought it was a good sign for her to stick with it and battle through.”

FHS boys in detail

Younger Admirals played especially well according to Higgins.

“Brady Harville, who’s a freshman, he played extremely well both days. He had rounds of 76,” Higgins said about his 14th-place finish (+8).

“Owen Queener, another freshman, played exceptionally well (Tuesday), he shot a 75,” finishing 17th (+11).

“Sebastian Costales, a sophomore, shot 78 (Tuesday), I thought he played pretty well,” the coach added about Costales’ 23-place finish (+16).

“I thought A.J. Rinehart played well (Monday)” with a round of 74 before slipping Tuesday and finishing 22nd (+16).

Webb School of Knoxville took fourth place as a team (+58).