Siegel boys, Riverdale girls bound for state golf tourney

Siegel boys, Riverdale girls bound for state golf tourney

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Siegel boys, Riverdale girls bound for state golf tourney

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The Class AAA state golf tournament will have a distinct Rutherford County flavor.

The Siegel boys and Riverdale girls both won the Region 4-AAA tournament at Smyrna Municipal Golf Course Friday, earning a bid to the state tournament on Sept. 25-26 at WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester.

Five other area players also made the state tournament field aside from the winning teams.

“It feels good to go to state no matter how you get there, and this is my third time. But I’m glad I’m going with my team this time,” said Riverdale senior Erica Edwards, who took low-medalist honors in the girls tournament with a 3-over par 75.

“I think I won with consistency and because I had a good attitude. It’s a mental game, and I made sure I didn’t let anything bad carry over to the next hole.”

Edwards advanced to her third straight state tournament.

Riverdale ran away with the girls title with a team score of 151. Runner-up Blackman shot 180, and Siegel posted a 189.

Riverdale freshman Reagan Kinnie finished runner-up with a 76, and teammate Summer Jenkins had an 89.

“I knew we had a good chance to win it if we put together some good numbers, and this was definitely a good day for my girls,” Riverdale coach Ernie Rivas said. “If they do that at state, I think they’re capable of competing there too.”

Siegel’s Melissa Kiker (85) and Blackman teammates Cailyn Johnston (87) and Kelsey Spivey (93) each made state as individuals.

On the boys side, Siegel senior Arjuna Anday, a Columbia commitment, finished runner-up with a 2-under par 70. He has shot that score in all three rounds at Smyrna Municipal this season.

“None of those three were good rounds,” said Anday, who advanced to his third state tournament. “It was not a good day, especially on the front nine. I was going for a 65 or 66, but after that first hole I was trying to just get back to even.

“It’s good that we’re going as a team. I think we could have a chance to win (state) as a team, but I also want to win it as an individual.”

Anday was 3-over through two holes, but he recovered quickly. He birdied four holes in a row from the 10th to the 13th and ultimately shot 33 on the back nine.

Keifer Clary (73), G Rollins (79), Kyle Clary (79) and Thomas Lewter (83, alternate score) led Siegel to a team tally of 301 for the region crown.

Tullahoma’s Darrick Fisher shot 69 to take low-medalist honors.

Blackman freshman Tanner Owens shot a 73 and then won a two-hole playoff to claim third place. Owens became the first Rutherford County freshman boy to make the state field since 2009.

Owens three-putted three times on the front nine but rebounded with birdies on 10, 16 and 17 for a score of 35 on the back nine.

“I thought all year that I could make state if I played the way I was capable of, and I was pretty good in this one besides a few missed putts and (a double bogey on) that last hole,” Owens said. “I just tried to make pars and move on.”

Smyrna’s Zach Haynes also shot 73 to qualify for state. He finished fourth in region via the playoff.

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