Halfway through the two-day TSSAA Class AAA state golf tournament, Siegel is in prime position to pull off a boys sweep.
Siegel senior Arjuna Anday blistered WillowBrook Golf Course with a 4-under 68 to lead the individual tournament. That helped the Stars build a three-shot lead over Germantown Houston entering today’s final 18 holes.
“It was a pretty solid round,” said Anday, a Columbia commitment. “But I didn’t make enough birdies on the par 5s. I was just 1-under on the par 5s. That’s where you can get some strokes, so I need to do better there.”
Siegel, which opened in 2003, has never won a state golf tournament as a team or individual. Rutherford County hasn’t had an individual or team golf champion since Andy Vaughn and Oakland won both in 1999.
Anday leads Hendersonville’s Noah Trenkler by a stroke for medalist honors. But the two will not be paired together today. Trenkler tees off five groups before Anday, who shot 2-under on the front and 2-under on the back nine. His lone bogey of the round came on 17.
“I had too many putts,” Anday said. “I had 30 for the round. I need 28 at the worst. I’d like to be around 24-26. That will get you low.”
Siegel shot 3-under as a team on the front nine, but trailed Hendersonville by two shots at the turn. Siegel continued to play well while the defending state champs couldn’t keep the momentum.
Siegel finished with a 5-over 293 for the round. Houston shot a 296. Hendersonville, Farragut and Science Hill each shot a 301. Cookeville, which was 3-under at the turn like Siegel, finished with a 303. Hardin County shot a 305 and Ravenwood fired a 308.
All four of Siegel’s scores that counted were 76 or better. Thomas Lewter fired a 74, Keifer Clary shot 75 and Kyle Clary had a 76. G Rollins’ 81 was not counted in the team score.
“It’s a pretty good feeling knowing that all of the practice is paying off,” Lewter said. “(The first day) gives us a big confidence boost. I think we’ve got a pretty good shot (today).”
Riverdale’s girls shot a 173 and are in fifth place, 27 shots behind leader Clarksville.
Riverdale senior Erica Edwards shot an 82 to lead the area girls. Teammate Reagan Kinnie fired a 91. Blackman’s Cailyn Johnston shot a 93, Siegel’s Melissa Kiker shot 95, Blackman’s Kelsey Spivey shot 96 and Riverdale’s Summer Jenkins shot 99.
On the boys side, Blackman freshman Tanner Owens shot a 75, including an even-par on his back nine to be seven shots behind Anday. Smyrna’s Zach Haynes had a rocky first nine to finish with an 83. Both Owens and Haynes opened on the back nine, which is more challenging than the front.
Siegel also had its struggles, especially on hole No. 16, where the team shot 9-over par on that hole.
“We are where we need to be,” Keifer Clary said. “We had a rough day on 16. That’s what got me. I double-bogeyed 15 and 16.
“I had 34 putts (Tuesday). That’s not going to get the job done. I’ve got to cut that number down.”