The Division II state golf championships will begin Monday at WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester, and several local teams and individuals are primed to take home state titles.
The boys teams from Father Ryan and MBA and the girls teams from Father Ryan and Ensworth will be competing for team titles in DII-AA.
The Irish won their first region championship, scoring a 283 to edge McCallie by three strokes. MBA finished with a 298 to earn the last qualifying bid from East/Middle. The girls teams from Ensworth (165) and Father Ryan (170) finished third and fourth, respectively, to earn state berths.
In DII-A, Franklin Road Academy’s girls and boys will make return trips to state after winning East/Middle region titles. The boys team from DCA and the girls teams from BGA and DCA will also compete in the team competition.
Girls in both classes will begin teeing off at 8 a.m. while boys in both classes will begin teeing off at 9 a.m. The tournament will conclude on Tuesday.
Defending a title: Ensworth’s Brock Ochsenreiter will attempt to defend his DII-AA individual title. He had to go to a playoff hole to edge MUS’ Goodman Rudolph last season.
DII-AA boys: Father Ryan’s Griffin Bumpus returns after finishing eighth last season. MBA’s Cal Rieke is also a returning top-10 finalist. Brentwood Academy’s Alex Cobb and Jackson Elzinga also qualified. Father Ryan will also be led by Cole Burgdorf, Erik Hamm, Palmer Sadlowski and Nick Wolf. MBA will also be paced by Conner Gray, Josh Morris, Connor Downey and Alex McClellan.
DII-A boys: FRA will be paced by Will Ezell, Will Hunter, Selden Mathews, William Dispayne and Josh Holtschlag. DCA will be led by Braiden Dorfman, Reece Bodiford, Garrett Morris, Austin Russell and Preston LaCoursiere.
DII-AA girls: Ensworth’s Corrine Parish and Caroline Frist will compete for a state title, along with Father Ryan’s Liv Cunningham, Aubrey Frantz and Ella Graham, Harpeth Hall’s Ellie Moore and K.K. Savage and Pope John Paul II’s Ali McCarthy.
DII-A girls: Competing for individual girls titles will be BGA’s Hannah Wright and Rachel Arvizu, FRA’s Angelina Chan, Julianna Garrett and Grayson Dickson and DCA’s Maddie Buckley and Abbey Dickover. USN’s Sarah Manz also qualified as an individual.