FHS girls, boys grab 4-AAA golf titles

BLOUNT COUNTY — Though Jon Higgins described Egwani Farms Golf Course in Rockford as “a tough course,” his Farragut High School girls and boys golf teams tamed Egwani well enough to win a pair of District 4-AAA crowns going away Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Led by medalist Lexanne Halama (70) and runner-up medalist Lindsey Ott (75), the Lady Admirals were 20 strokes better than runner-up, and rival, Bearden (145 versus 165) for 18 holes (top two scores taken).

As the top two finishes in the field, “That’s all you need to know about the girls. They played exceptionally well,” the FHS coach said.

“I was really proud of Lindsey because, for a while there, she struggled a little bit at the beginning — but she played really, really well coming down the stretch,” he added.

Higgins’ FHS boys bested runner-up William Blount by 10 strokes (300 versus 310, top four scores taken), as low scorer Lance Simpson took second in the medalist contest (71), while A.J. Rinehardt finished fourth (73).

Teammate Connor Price shot a 77, followed by freshman Owen Queener with a 79.

As for his boys’ effort, “I thought we played pretty well considering (the course) was set up tough,” Higgins said. “I thought my guys handled the conditions pretty well.

“I was really proud of all of them.”

Season reflections, what’s ahead

Looking back over the last roughly seven weeks of tournaments, duals and multi-team events, “It’s been a good season,” Higgins said about both teams.

“My younger kids have really grown, they’re playing pretty well right now, and my older kids have shown great leadership,” he added. “I feel like we’re playing really good golf right now.”

The Region 2-AAA Tournament is next Monday, Sept. 28, at Windriver Golf Club in Lenoir City versus the top three teams in each gender from District 3-AAA.

Only the region champs advance to theDivision I Large State Tournament at Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 6-7.