Now that Clarksville High has attained its first objective, it can shift its attention to a slightly more important one next Monday.
To repeat as Class AAA state champions, Clarksville High knew it had to take two crucial steps. The first came on Monday when it defended its District 10-AAA tournament.
The Lady Wildcats accomplished their mission, although scores overall were higher than expected.
Samantha Gotcher and Megan Beane each shot a 78 and Clarksville High repeated as champions holding off Rossview by four strokes at Swan Lake. The Lady Wildcats shot a 156, Rossview a 160 and Dickson County — led by Katie Story — took third with a 163. Story was the low medalist shooting 4-over 76.
“It was in our mindset that we wanted to win,” Beane said. “We felt very confident going into it, but Rossview had played really well lately. Hanley (Long), Alexa (Rippy) and Reagan (Green) are really good players. We didn’t know what to expect, we had all been shooting the same scores.”
Long shot a 39-39 — 78 while Rippy had a 42-40 — 82. Greene was Rossview’s other representative and finished with a 44-39 — 83. Whitney Robertson was Clarksville’s other golfer and finished with an usually-high 85.
It was Clarksville’s third 10-AAA tournament title in four years with Dickson County owning the other championship during that period.
“Monday is objective No. 2 and the most important objective,” Clarksville High coach Vickie Moncrief said.
“We’ve got to win Monday.”
The top three teams, plus the top five individuals not on those three, advanced to next Monday’s Region 5-AAA tournament at Country Hills in Hendersonville.
If it wants any shot at repeating as state champions, Clarksville High must win the regional.
“We want to have some momentum going into next Monday,” Gotcher said.
Gotcher, who had won the district individual title twice in the past three years, finished Monday’s roundup with only one birdie.
“The greens were definitely what made it so hard today,” Gotcher said. “They were really slick in places and I don’t think a lot of players expected the greens to be so fast and it created a lot of three putts. I know it did for me.”
Gotcher actually putted off the green at No. 14, settling for a double bogey. But she wasn’t alone, Story also putted over the green.
“I think it (Swan Lake) changed over the course of the last couple of weeks,” Moncrief said.
While Story won the individual title by two strokes, a one-hole playoff decided the next three positions.
Long took second-place overall, winning the playoff with Gotcher and Beane.
“The course played really difficult today because the greens were really fast and they were a little bit bumpy, so I think everybody’s putting kind of got them today,” Long said. “I was expecting around a 73 or 74, so I guess the higher score probably surprised everyone.”
Long said Rossview has room for improvement, but is confident it will be in contention next Monday.
“It’s a new playing field,” Long said. “It’s not our home course, so I am looking forward to seeing what we can pull through. I know we can have a strong finish and it’s going to be a close one.”
And the Lady Wildcats know it will be Rossview standing in their way of a region title and state tournament berth.
“We all knew that Rossview was going to give us the most competition that we’re going to see,” Moncrief said. “We will have to see them again next week. They were my main worry, all three of them are great golfers.
“We didn’t have to win today to get to region, but we wanted to win,” Moncrief added. “The other district coming in that makes up the region has a number of really good players, but they don’t have teammates.”
West Creek’s Brittany Smith and Hyebin Lim earned two of the individual qualifying spots, while the other three were captured by Henry County’s Brittany Martin and Holly Dial and Springfield’s Natalie Spicer.
Boys golf Wildcats take second, Dickson County wins easily
With only one score in the 70s, Clarksville High secured a second-place finish on Monday, finishing 31 strokes behind champion Dickson County.
Hunter Richardson took fourth overall while shooting a 41-37 — 78. He was followed by Payton Williams, who shot a 41-39 — 80.
“I thought we played decent, but I think we can play better,” Clarksville coach Adam Welch said. “The boys told me today that they thought the course played a little tougher than expected. I think the greens played really hard. Players told me they couldn’t get the ball to stop and a lot of the putts were really bumpy.
“But Dickson County found a way to putt on them.”
Dickson County had three golfers shoot in the 70s led by low medalist Ben Wolcott, who shot an even par 71. Jack Story shot a 76 followed by Carter Tuberville’s 77.
Henry County finished third shooting a 355.
Although Rossview didn’t qualifying as a team, it will send three individual to the regionals. Justin Pan (42-40 — 82), Coda Peyton (45-50 — 95) and Spencer O’Shoney (49-46 — 95) took three of the five individual qualifying spots. Springfield’s Vince Gallagher and Dylan Morton earned the final two qualifying spots.