Stars shine on links

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MANCHESTER — Siegel started calculating early Wednesday afternoon.

The Stars then had to recalculate, and the math came out in their favor the second time.

Siegel won the school’s first TSSAA Class AAA boys golf state title at WillowBrook Golf Course, edging Germantown Houston by two strokes. Siegel shot a 300 on the second round to finish with a two-day 593 to beat Houston, which finished with a 595.

Siegel first thought it had tied with Houston and started warming up on the putting green, but decided to count again after the Stars realized that Houston wasn’t with them.

“When we first checked, Thomas (Lewter) had the calculator,” Siegel senior Keifer Clary said. “We didn’t realize that Houston had an alternate. We saw two 74s, but one was from (Tuesday). We thought it was from (Wednesday). They ended up taking a 78.”

Siegel senior Arjuna Anday missed out in his bid to complete the golf sweep. Leading by a stroke on the 18th hole, Anday’s three-foot par putt rolled past the pin to force a playoff with Farragut’s Stuart Thomas and Dickson County’s Ben Wolcott.

Thomas birdied the first hole to clinch the title. Anday finished runner-up with Wolcott and shot 4-under for the tournament. Anday shot an even par 72 for the second round.

“It’s a good feeling to win (the team tournament),” said Anday, a Columbia commitment. “It’s bittersweet because I lost in that playoff.”

Anday said he read the break wrong on the 18th green. He left his birdie putt short. He thought his next putt would go right, but it went left to force the playoff.

Four of Siegel’s five golfers shot in the 70s for the second straight day. G Rollins, Kyle Clary and Keifer Clary all shot 76. Rollins’ score came a day after he shot 81.

“We’ve worked so hard to be No. 1 in the state,” Rollins said. “To actually be No. 1 in the state is indescribable.”

Rollins was the first Siegel golfer to complete his round. He waited for his teammates to get to the 18th green, knowing the team title race was close.

“We actually talked about it before the round,” Rollins said. “If we went to a playoff, it was going to be the most nerve wrecking thing we’ve ever had to do. Waiting was actually worse than playing. I’d rather play. It’s more nervous watching golf than playing it.”

Keifer Clary finished with a two-day 151. Blackman freshman Tanner Owens shot a 76 to finish with a 151. Kyle Clary finished with a 152. Rollins finished with a 157. Smyrna junior Zach Haynes had a 159 and Lewter had a 161.

Riverdale’s girls finished tied for fourth with a two-day 329. Clarksville won its second straight state title with a 292.

Riverdale senior Erica Edwards recovered from a rough first day to finish in a three-way tie for sixth with a 155.

Edwards shot 1-over 73 in the second round and was even through nine holes. But she had an 82 on the first day.

MTSU commitment Samanatha Gotcher of Clarksville won low-medalist honors with a 141.

Riverdale’s Reagan Kinnie fired a two-day 176, Teammate Summer Jenkins had a 182. Blackman’s Cailyn Johnston and Kelsey Spivey and Siegel’s Melissa Kiker all shot a 189.

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