Smyrna's Haynes finishes second at state golf tournament

Smyrna's Haynes finishes second at state golf tournament

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Smyrna's Haynes finishes second at state golf tournament

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The TSSAA Class AAA state golf tournament didn’t end the way Smyrna senior Zach Haynes wanted it to at WillowBrook Golf Course late Wednesday afternoon.

Haynes lost on the second playoff hole to Hendersonville’s Noah Trenkler to finish second in the individual competition.

But a somber Haynes said he wasn’t displeased with the way he played, although he obviously wished it would have turned out differently.

“I know I played good,” Haynes said. “It just kind of stinks to play that good – play my heart out – and not end up with the trophy.”

After Trenkler tapped in for par on the second playoff hole, Haynes stood over a three-foot putt that would have forced a third playoff hole had he made it.

But the UT-Martin commitment missed the par attempt, giving Trenkler the trophy.

“I pulled it a tad,” Haynes said of the pivotal putt. “I thought I made my first putt when I hit it to be honest. It just kind of sailed by, then I just simply pulled the putt coming back.”

He and Trenkler finished the two-day, 36-hole competition tied at 2-under-par (142), which forced the playoff.

Haynes, who entered his final three holes one shot behind, ended his final round birdie-birdie-par on his last three holes to get into the playoff.

“I knew I was close,” Haynes said about where he stood on the leaderboard entering his last three holes. “I knew I needed at least one, maybe two more birdies.

“I just barely missed my eagle putt on seven, so that was a tap in birdie and then I made my putt on eight for birdie. I thought if I could have birdied nine I could have won it.”

It was the second straight year a Rutherford County golfer has lost the AAA state championship in a playoff. Arjuna Anday, of Siegel, lost in a playoff last year.

Hendersonville, led by Trenkler, also won the boys’ team competetion. The Commandos shot 594 during the two-day event for their third title in four years.

Blackman’s Tanner Owens, a sophomore, shot a 73 in the final round to finish tied for 10th in his second state tournament appearance.

Riverdale’s Cole Clear, a junior, tied for 52nd place. He shot a two-day total of 161.

The area’a highest finishing female golfer was Riverdale sophomore Reagan Kinnie. She finished tied for 24th with a two-day total of 170.

Blackman junior Cailyn Johnston finished in 27th place. She shot a two-day total of 174.

Johnston’s teammate, Kelsey Spivey, finished tied for 42nd with a score of 198.

Oakland freshman Jessie Eaton finished tied for 47th with a 201.

Science Hill won the girls’ team competition with a total of 309.

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