A Division II-A girls golf title might come down to Franklin Road Academy vs. University School of Nashville again, but this time it might be on the individual side.
FRA took a 19-stroke lead in the team competition over USN on Monday at WillowBrook Golf Club and also had three girls in the top five.
FRA freshman Nicole Page took the lead at 2-over 74 when USN’s Sara Garmezy, the defending champion, double-bogeyed No. 18.
Garmezy, FRA’s Rachel Johnson and Jenna Burris of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee are tied for second at 75 heading into today’s final round. FRA’s Sam Burrus was fifth with a 78.
“I expected nothing less than that,” FRA coach Glenn Tackett said of his girls’ performance. “I expected all three of them to be in the 70s. They are very dedicated golfers and they work hard at it.
“It was a tough start this morning, with the rain and the weather conditions with the wind blowing, but they grinded it out and did a great job for us.”
Only the top two scores from each round count in the team competition.
“I felt like I played pretty solid,” Garmezy said. “My putting was great; it saved me. I struggled with my driving.
“I’ve got some great competitors that I’m facing here. Hopefully I can bring back the title.”
In 2010, FRA took the team championship by one stroke over USN. Last year, USN returned the favor with a one-stroke win over FRA.
“It is a great rivalry between us and USN the past three years,” Tackett said. “It is fun. We see these girls all through the season. … We’re both in the same region, so it’s nice to keep everything in our end of the state.”
Baylor (146) leads Ensworth in the Division II-AA girls team competition by three strokes. Ensworth junior Alexandra Farnsworth shot 1-under 71 to lead the individual competition by one stroke.
Baylor also leads the Division II-AA boys team competition after shooting 291, good for a 13-stroke advantage over two-time defending champion McCallie.
Baylor’s Blake Maum shot a 68 and holds a four-stroke lead in the individual competition.
Knoxville Webb shot 303 to lead the Division II-A boys team competition, with Evangelical trailing by three strokes. St. George’s junior Grant Hirshman leads the individual competition at 70.