A few Middle Tennessee golfers are fairing well at the AJGA Music City Junior after the second round Wednesday at Richland Country Club.
David Lipscomb’s Logan Matthews finished the with the lowest score among the region’s golfers, posting a 2-under 70. Coupled with his 77 on Tuesday, his 5-over 147 places him in a tie for 12th going into the final round.
“I feel like I played really well, actually,” Matthews said. “I got the putter working for once, and I struck the ball really well.”
Matthews is going into his senior year at Lipscomb.
On the girls’ side, Sarah Harris shot a 3-over 75 to go along with her 80 on Tuesday.
“I played better than (Tuesday),” Harris said. “I stayed out of some trouble, so it was a pretty good day.”
Brentwood’s Garrison Hogan was the highest finisher among the local golfers, shooting an even-par 72. Combined with his 73 on Tuesday, Hogan is tied for fourth entering today’s final round.
Dickson’s Jack Story, the leader after the first round on Tuesday, finished Wednesday’s round at even par, three shots off the leader Alex Green of Fairhope, Ala.
Hired: Vic Wharton Jr. was named boys track and field coach at Independence and will be joined there by CPA football standout Vic Wharton III. The younger Wharton, a receiver/cornerback, has received extensive football recruiting interest heading into his junior year, with scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Cincinnati.
Resigned: Mark Purvis, who posted a 395-139 record the past 13 years as Mt. Juliet’s baseball coach, has resigned. Purvis, 41, led the Golden Bears to six Class AAA tournaments. Mt. Juliet (38-6) set a school record for wins last season.
“I just want to step away and see if there are any other options out there,” Purvis said. “I’m worn out. Baseball has been my life and my passion for 13 years, so this will be tough.”