CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Maybe it was last year’s Class AAA state runner-up that fueled Rossview, but the Lady Hawks’ golf team will get a chance at redemption next week when they return to Manchester.
Rossview defended its Region 5-AAA championship Monday afternoon after shooting a team score of 146 to beat Clarksville High by 15 strokes in the 2014 Region 5 Girls’ Golf Tournament at Country Hill Golf Course in Hendersonville. It’s the Lady Hawks’ second straight region title, while Hanley Long needed a playoff hole to capture the region individual crown.
“It was rather impressive to watch the girls (Monday),” Rossview’s first-year coach Phil Burkhart said. “For all of our girls to shoot in the 70s, that’s just a great day. We had a great day today, and anyone who knows golf knows that it can come and go like that from day to day.”
Long tied teammate Reagan Greene with a 73 Monday after 18 holes, and both played in a playoff to determine the overall region champ. Greene said her tee shot in the playoff landed in the water and she had to take a drop.
“Then I scolded my chip shot and it skipped across the green,” Greene said. “But Hanley parred her putt and by that point, I just picked up from there because it was over.”
Despite her second-place overall finish, Greene has been the model of consistency this year, including Monday in the region tournament. Her play from start to finish helped keep her team together when Long stumbled with a triple bogey on No. 12.
“We started the tournament on No. 10 and then finished up the final nine holes on the front,” Long said. “I went birdie-par-birdie then I shot a nine on No. 12 and pretty much played even the rest of the tournament. So it wasn’t a great start for me, but I was able to battle back in the end.”
Long, who also captured the District 10 individual tournament last week, was glad the No. 1 spot came down to her and a fellow Lady Hawk.
“Reagan deserves it just as much as me,” Long said. “Reagan has played so great this year and we’ve all been really proud of her. And this team has bonded much better this year because I think we’re a better team, and we know that if one of us stumbles, the other will have your back.”
Caroline Caudill fired a 79 Monday to complete Rossview’s dominance.
“All of our girls have been (to state) before,” Burkhart said. “There’s nothing new that will take place next week for them. That experience, I think, will help in the long run.”
Burkhart also said he wasn’t too worried about how fickle the game of golf can be.
“That’s what scares you about a region tournament,” he said. “It’s only 18 holes. You get one day to advance to state. If you have a bad day, then your season is finished. But at state, you have two days, you have 36 holes. So you kind of feel like the cream will rise to the top. Hopefully next week, we’ll be that cream.”
Greene said part of her motivation to get better, before the start of the high school golf season this past July, was to put herself in a better position to sign a college scholarship. She did that last week by signing with Lincoln Memorial. She also noted last year’s state runner-up finish.
“This is the best I’ve played my entire career, but I’ve also worked so hard on my game,” Greene said. “I’ve been working really hard with my swing coach, Johnny Warren, and I knew I had to step it up this year if we want to change that state (tournament) outcome from a year ago. I had to play more consistent and have more confidence in myself.”
Meanwhile, Clarksville High struggled at region. The Lady Wildcats — who captured back-to-back state titles in 2011 and 2012 — had only one player advance to state. Breanna Smith shot a 79 Monday to advance to Manchester. Mariah Smith shot an 82, and Riley Cooper finished with an 85 for a 161 team total.
On the boys’ side, Rossview High struggled to find its footing. Spencer O’Shoney shot an 88 to lead the Hawks, with Hunter Belvin firing a 93.
Clarksville High, who captured last week’s District boys’ title, finished with a 335, led by Aaron King.
King shot a 75 and qualified for state after winning his playoff hole Monday.
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Region 5-AAA Tournament
1st – Rossview 146
2nd – Clarksville High 161
Rossview: Hanley Long 73, Reagan Greene 73, Caroline Caudill 79.
CHS: Breanna Smith 79, Mariah Smith 82, Riley Cooper 85.
CHS: Aaron King 75, Logan Reynold 79, Eric Jinnette 82, Caleb Corley 96.
RHS: Carson Cundill 103, Hunter Belvin 93, Garrett Ladd 95, John Poland 97, Spencer O’Shoney 88.