Here is The Daily News Journal’s All-Area Golf Team, as selected by DNJ prep editor Tom Kreager:
Why chosen: Columbia signee finished Class AAA state runner-up with a two-day 140. Won District 7-AAA tournament title and had a 69.6 season average.
Why chosen: Shot 75 at District 7-AAA tournament and 73 at Region 4-AAA tourney. Fired 151 at state tournament and averaged 73.7 season average.
Why chosen: Finished with a 152 at Class AAA state tournament. Shot 72 at District 7-AAA tournament. Finished with 77.4 season average.
Why chosen: Finished with a 74 at the District 7-AAA tournament and 73 at Region 4-AAA tournament. Shot 159 at Class AAA state tournament. Finished with a 72.4 season average.
Why chosen: Owens set school record with 65 at Cookeville. Shot 75 at District 7-AAA tournament and 73 at Region 4-AAA tournament. Finished with 151 at Class AAA state tournament. Had a 74.1 season average.
Alex Burton, Blackman, Sr.
Cole Clear, Riverdale, So.
Colton Miller, Central Magnet, So.
Austin Pfeifer, Oakland, So.
G Rollins, Siegel, Sr.
Barron Corley, MTCS, Jr.
Josh Chalfant, Smyrna, So.
Thomas Lewter, Siegel Jr.
Nathan Pfeifer, Oakland, Sr.
Jackson Jones, Riverdale, Sr.
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR
Dallas Hill, Siegel High
Why chosen: The 10th-year coach guided the Stars to the program’s first TSSAA Class AAA state championship appearance. Siegel won the District 7-AAA and Region 4-AAA titles this season. Siegel also won the Murfreesboro Open.
Quote: “It was an amazing season as far as coaching and working with the players. The players even came up with their own slogan: “We got something special.” It’s the best team I’ve coached with all of my top five players that could score. I actually enjoyed working with them. This group worked real hard in the offseason. There wasn’t a whole lot I had to do when the season started.” — Dallas Hill
Central Magnet, Jr.
Why chosen: Burgdorf shot 84 in the Region 4-A/AA tournament. Two-time Class A/AA state qualifier shot 173 at state tourney.
Why chosen: The Tennessee State signee won the Region 4-AAA with a 75. Three-time state qualifier tied for sixth at Class AAA state tournament with a 155. Had a 77.8 season average.
Why chosen: Finished runner-up in Region 4-AAA tournament with a 76. Shot 176 at TSSAA Class AAA state tournament. Had an 80.6 season average.
Summer Jenkins, Riverdale, Sr.
Cailyn Johnston, Blackman, So.
Melissa Kiker, Siegel, So.
Brooklyn Snell, Eagleville, Jr.
Kelsey Spivey, Blackman Jr.
GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR
Ernie Rivas, Riverdale High
Why chosen: The fifth-year coach led Riverdale to a fourth-place finish at the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament. Riverdale won the District 7-AAA and Region 4-AAA titles this season as well as the Murfreesboro Open.
Quote: “Our girls had a tremendous season this year. We returned a team of three seniors and added freshman Reagan Kinnie, who stepped right in and earned a spot to play. This allowed us to switch some of the girls around and keep a very competitive score. We were very excited to win the district and region tournaments, but to go to state as a team for the first time in school history was a great accomplishment for these girls.” — Ernie Rivas