Dakota Beech closed the first round of the TSSAA Class A/AA state boys golf tournament on Tuesday at WillowBrook Golf Course with a little flair.
The Eagleville junior, who is making his first appearance in the state tournament, ended his round with birdies on two of his final three holes to shoot 76.
“Not too bad at all,” Beech said about his round. “The front nine started a little rough, but I thought I played well enough on it to really go after it on the back nine and I did.”
Beech begins the second round of the 36-hole tournament today tied for 13th and is nine shots back of Chattanooga Christian’s Lake Johnson, who shot a 5-under-par 67 to lead the event.
Central Magnet senior Abbey Burgdorf is also in contention after the first round of the girls’ tournament. Burgdorf shot an 81 and is tied for eighth after the first round.
The round had the potential to put Burgdorf in the top-5 before the last three holes sidetracked an otherwise strong performance.
“I started really well on the front nine, but I finished with a double (bogey) and a triple (bogey),” Burgdorf said. “That really hurt a pretty good round I had going.”
She begins play today of the two-day event eight shots back of Sophia Schubert, of Christian Academy of Knoxville, who led after the first round with a 1-over-par 73.
Beech and Burgdorf began their rounds on the back nine, which is considered the harder of the two nines at WillowBrook.
Beech went out with a 4-over-par 40 but he came in with an even-par 36. He played his final five holes 2-under.
“On (hole) nine, I really hit a good drive down the middle and had just a 9-iron in,” Beech said of his closing birdie. “I hit a nice shot in there to about 10 feet and made a little left-to-right slider.
“There’s always another day of golf left, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Burgdorf started strong by birdieing her second hole to quickly get to 1-under. It was one of two birdies on the day for the three-time state qualifier.
“I made couple of nice, long putts on the par-3s today,” Burgdorf said. “It’s always good to put twos on the card.”
Eagleville senior Brooklyn Snell also competed in the girls tournament. She shot a 95.
Snell said she played well for 16 holes. It was the other two that derailed her round.
“I had an 11 on a par-5 and I followed that with a 7 on a par-3,” Snell said. “Other than those two holes, I was pleased with my round. I shot my usual.”