Siegel ready for another chance

Siegel ready for another chance

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Siegel ready for another chance

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MURFREESBORO

Three years ago they played in the TSSAA Class AAA state golf tournament as freshmen.

Today, Siegel seniors Arjuna Anday and G Rollins will begin competition in one final tournament. And they will bring their Siegel brothers with them.

Siegel begins competition today in the 36-hole state tournament at WillowBrook Golf Course in Manchester. It marks the Stars’ second straight year they have been at state. But for the Stars, today’s tournament is more than a state tournament. It’s also a chance to play one final tournament with their close friends.

“We’re like brothers,” Rollins said. “Some of us just got done hanging out with each other, working on a school project.”

Rollins and Anday are making their third state tournament. Siegel finished fifth out of eight teams in last year’s state tournament.

Siegel dominated the local links this season behind its stellar play. Six Siegel golfers have shown they can shoot in the 70s in varsity competitions. Siegel won the Murfreesboro Invitational to open the season. The Stars won the Cookeville Early Bird Invitational before winning the District 7-AAA tournament and Region 4-AAA tourney.

Siegel’s boys will be joined at state by Smyrna junior Zach Haynes and Blackman freshman Tanner Owens, who both qualified as individuals. On the girls side, Riverdale won the Region 4-AAA tournament to qualify for the team competition. Siegel golfer Melissa Kiker and Blackman golfers Cailyn Johnston and Kelsey Spivey all qualified as individuals.

Anday, who was the District 7-AAA medalist and Region 4-AAA runner-up, leads the team.

He shot in the 60s through much of the season. Anday, a Columbia commitment, knows if he shoots like he has all season not only will he have a chance at winning state as an individual, but the team will also have a shot at doing well.

“We’ve got to make our shots count,” Anday said. “We can win it definitely. If we play to our averages we’ll be in the hunt.

“We just can’t worry about (winning a state championship) ring. We’ve got to play our game.”

Anday is perhaps the most grounded of a Siegel bunch loaded with talent. Along with Anday and Rollins, the team includes Thomas Lewter, Kyle Clary and Keifer Clary.

The players are members of Stones River Country Club, where they play together during the year.

“We all play at the country club,” Keifer Clary said. “Our whole golf team is close.”

That closeness pays off on the course.

“Our team is more of a family,” Anday said.

Added Rollins: “We don’t get mad at each other. If someone has a bad round we tell them we have their back.”

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