CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Rossview’s first-year golf coach Phil Burkhart is no stranger to the big moment. He was a 10-year coaching veteran for the school’s softball team, sculpting just about every coaching record imaginable with that program.
And in his first year as coach of the girls’ golf program, he’s remains on pace to get his girls back to the Class AAA state tournament in Manchester. The first step was taken Monday afternoon as Rossview High defended its District 10-AAA tournament championship with a three-stroke victory over rival Clarksville High at Swan Lake.
“There have been a lot of years when the winner of the district and region tournaments were either Rossview for Clarksville High,” Burkhart said after his team fired a team score of 149 Monday to clinch its second straight district crown. “It could be that way again this year. We were only three strokes better than Clarksville and Clarksville played great.”
But Rossview was just a tick better.
The Lady Hawks were led by Hanley Long, who captured her second straight individual district crown. She finished first overall after firing a 71 Monday. Teammate Reagan Greene shot a 78 to finish third while sophomore Caroline Caudill took fifth place with a 78. Caudill, Greene and Clarksville High’s Riley Cooper all finished tied with 78s and had to compete in a playoff hole in which Greene won.
“Rossview’s golfers finished first, third and fifth,” Burkhart said. “Clarksville’s golfers finished second, fourth and sixth. “That’s how close it was (Monday).”
Mariah Smith fired a 74 to take district runner-up and Breanna Smith took sixth overall with an 80. The Lady Wildcats shot a 152 as a team and advances to next week’s region meet at Country Hills Golf Course in Hendersonville along with Henry County who took third as a team Monday.
Long has been under the microscope much of the year. The Middle Tennessee State signee has duplicated the feat of a former high school rival and soon-to-be MTSU teammate in ex-CHS star Samantha Gotcher. Like Gotcher, Long has experienced much of the tournament’s eyes glued to her every move. But the senior Lady Hawk is unfazed.
“The more I think about the expectations the more nervous I get so I don’t worry about what other people expect from me or our team. I don’t need that stress. Golf is stressful enough.”
In addition to her third-place finish, Greene also committed to play college golf at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.
“I think that may have taken some pressure off her as well,” Burkhart said. “She was able to relax and she’s really been playing great golf all year. She’s been so solid for us, really an unsung hero of this season.”
Clarksville High rolls to another boys’ title
The Wildcats captured its second straight boys crown with a victory Monday at Swan Lake. Clarksville fired a 315 and cruised past Henry County, who took second with a 367. Rossview finished third with a 378 and all three schools advance to next week’s region tournament.
“Anytime, with the rivalries and the competition locally and with Henry County and Springfield, if you can repeat as champs you have to be happy,” Clarksville coach Adam Welch said. “Right now it’s in our favor but maybe two years from now it’ll be another team. That’s just how golf is. It can be there for you one moment and gone the next. But we’ll savor this win and then move on to region next week.”
For Clarksville, four of its five golfers finished in the top five individually. Logan Reynolds fired a 73 and finished district runner-up while teammate Aaron King carded a 76 to finish third. Eric Jinnette shot a 79 and finished fourth while Luke Chilcutt fired an 87 for fifth place.
“I was very pleased with the way our guys played, but I’m not sure some of the guys were that pleased,” Welch said. “But with Logan leading (Monday) our scores seem to have fluctuate between two or three people and that shows the depth and how good they all are. We have four or five golfers that could win region next week and that’s always a good thing for a team.”
Rossview’s Spencer O’Shoney shot an 88 but failed to advance to region as an individual. Four Springfield golfers advanced to region along with Kenwood’s Alex Brack who fired an 89 Monday and Rossview’s Hunter Belvin who shot a 102.
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District 10-AAA Golf Tournament
1st – Clarksville High, 315
2nd – Henry County, 367
3rd – Rossview, 378
1st – Rossview, 149
2nd – Clarksville High, 152
3rd – Henry County, 194