MANCHESTER — Christ Presbyterian Academy’s Siarra Stout captured her second consecutive Class A/AA girls individual golf title Wednesday, while Lipscomb’s Davis Armstrong posted a runner-up at the TSSAA State Golf Championships.
Stout, who shot 9-over 153 for the tournament, carded six bogeys on her final nine holes, including a double-bogey on 17, but the reigning Tennessean Girls Golfer of the Year parred 18 to secure a two-stroke victory over Christian Academy of Knoxville’s Emma Wasson.
“It was a mental grind for sure,” Stout said. “Coming in those last few holes — I actually ended up doubling 17 — there was a little more pressure on me. More than I wanted. I just cracked down on 18. I went back to the fundamentals and hit some really good shots there.
“This year it came down to crunch time on the last hole.”
Armstrong, who entered with a one-stroke advantage on Wednesday, wasn’t quite as fortunate.
The senior Lipscomb commitment, wasn’t bad on Wednesday, carding a second-round score of 1-under 71. Unfortunately for him, defending champion Davis Shore was exceptional, especially late, birdieing holes 16 and 17 to force a sudden-death playoff.
“I knew I was going to have to make a few birdies coming in to secure it,” Armstrong said. “I birdied 15 with a really good putt, and I had good looks on 16, 17 and 18 but just didn’t convert them.”
After reaching the green in two on the first hole of the playoff, Shore continued his lights out putting, sinking a birdie putt from about 20 feet out to put the pressure on Armstrong.
“After he made that putt I got a little bit nervous,” said Armstrong, who proceeded to miss his birdie putt, sealing the match for Shore. “I knew what I was going to have to do, but I just didn’t get the job done.”
Armstrong and Shore both carded 36-hole scores of 3-under 141.
“Congrats to Davis (Shore),” Armstrong added. He played outstanding on those last four holes.”
The Mustangs finished fourth in the team standings with a two-day score of 639 (+63), while the CPA boys, led by Gavin Clements’ nine-over 153, finished second at 619 (+43) — 10 strokes off champion CAK.
Lipscomb junior Paul Swindell shot 1-over 145 for the tournament — good enough for fourth place — while Jo Byrns junior Nicholas Henderson finished in 10th at 8-over 152.
“I just wasn’t hitting the ball as solid as I was the first day,” Henderson said. “I made a lot of putts (on Tuesday), and today I just couldn’t make a putt. The conditions were better today, too, so I’m not really sure.”
On the girls side, CPA posted its second straight runner-up team finish. The Lady Lions shot 318 (+30) for the tournament — just two strokes off eventual winner CAK — while Clarksville Academy finished fourth at 367 (+79).
CPA’s Sara Grace Black finished tied for seventh at 21-over 165, while Wasson and CAK’s Caroline Cavin both posted top five finishes to secure the Lady Warriors victory.
Lewis County’s Olivia Hinson (+21), Hickman County’s Madison Smith (+27) and Lipscomb’s Christina Vetvong (+28) also posted top 20 finishes.