Riverdale girls, Siegel boys win 7-AAA golf titles

Riverdale girls, Siegel boys win 7-AAA golf titles

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Riverdale girls, Siegel boys win 7-AAA golf titles

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Summer Jenkins started Monday’s District 7-AAA golf tournament with a scare.

By the end of the day, the Riverdale senior was all smiles.

Jenkins shot an 82 at Smyrna Municipal Golf Course to win low medalist honors by a stroke over teammate Erica Edwards and Siegel’s Melissa Kiker. The round came after Jenkins’ saw her grandfather’s pickup truck go up in flames prior to teeing off on No. 1.

“It was a very rough morning,” Jenkins said. “My grandfather’s truck caught on fire. I started running to (the truck). He means a lot to me.

“I ran like halfway until my coach yelled at me to stop.”

Jenkins’ grandparents had already exited the truck, which had been parked at the end of the golf course parking lot. But Jenkins wasn’t aware of that when she heard it was in flames. The fire forced her to get back in the right mindset. She did just that, winning the tournament despite being the Lady Warriors’ No. 3 golfer.

Riverdale’s girls won the tournament to snap a run of four straight Siegel district titles. The Lady Warriors shot 165. Blackman was second with 178 and Siegel was third with a 194. All three teams advance to Friday’s Region 4-AAA tournament, as does all three Oakland golfers as individuals.

Siegel extended its streak to three straight District 7-AAA boys titles, winning with a 298. Smyrna finished second with a 318 and Oakland was third with a 320. Riverdale finished fourth to miss reaching the Region 4-AAA tournament by one stroke.

However, Riverdale advanced three boys golfers to the region in Cole Clear (78), Jackson Jones (79) and John Hile (81). Blackman golfers Tanner Owens (75) and Alex Burton (78) also advanced to the region tournament as individuals.

Siegel senior Arjuna Anday fired a 2-under 70 to win medalist honors for the boys. He was the lone golfer that finished under par in the tournament. Teammate Kyle Clary shot an even-par 72 to finish second. Smyrna’s Zach Haynes shot a 74 to finish third. Siegel’s Keifer Clary beat Owens in a playoff for fourth.

Anday’s round came after he committed to Columbia late last week.

“The front end I was 2-under with two three putts,” Anday said. “That’s all right, but three putts are unacceptable. You are giving a stroke away to the field. I did that twice. I wanted to shoot 2-under on the back nine, but just shot even. I didn’t shoot my irons well on the back side. I didn’t do much.”

The Region 4-AAA tournament is scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday at Smyrna Municipal. The top boys and girls team along with the top four individuals not on that team advance to the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament, held Oct. 1-2 at WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester.

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