DYERSBURG – In earning a berth to the state golf tournament, Lexington’s boys proved they can not only play a good round but also handle some pressure.
The boys from Lexington and Westview tied for first place with scores of 326, and Lexington won a one-hole playoff on No. 9 to earn Region 7 A-AA’s bid to the state tournament. That event will be Oct. 13 and 14 at WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester.
“We have a little bit of fire going to state now, more confidence. That helps especially,” Lexington senior Colin Meyer said.
They’ll be joined at the state tournament by the top four non-Lexington individual scorers: McNairy Central’s John Powers (68), Gibson County’s Mason Chandler (73), South Gibson’s Zach Sellers (75) and Bolivar’s Ian Clark (78).
South Gibson sophomores Sally Tiger and Bentley Davis shot 82 and 85 respectively to win the girls’ title by 20 strokes over runner-up South Fulton. Joining them in Manchester will be Milan’s Autumn Webb (82), Dyersburg’s Erin Rausch (83), McNairy’s Emily Hamm and South Fulton’s Taylor Rodgers (87 each).
Lexington’s boys’ team consists of Meyer (76), Ethan Phillips (80), Zac Douglas (84) and Noah Small (86).
“Well we’ve worked really hard this year, all summer,” Meyer said. “Like I’ve said before these are all my best friends, and to go with them is the best. Pinetree Country Club, that’s all we play, so to represent Lexington’s the best.”
A senior, Powers is the first Bobcat to win a region tournament and will make his state tournament debut.
“Everything I hit was on. I was making birdies, and I just kept going,” Powers said. “My short game was really on today. My up-and-down game, if I missed a green I was making par. I wasn’t making many bogeys.”
It’s also the first state tourney for South Gibson’s Davis. (Tiger made it as an individual last year.)
“It was better than district, so I’m excited about that,” Davis said of her score. “I putted a whole lot better. My short game was great, so I’m pretty proud of myself.”
The two played well in a practice round Saturday at The Farms and felt good going into Monday. Tiger’s score wasn’t as strong as her 77 at last week’s district tournament, but she figured she was unlikely to repeat that and said she was “still pretty satisfied” with Monday’s result.
“We were both ready for this tournament,” Tiger said.
She beat Webb for medalist with a birdie on a playoff hole, but Webb had already ensured Milan will again be represented at the state tourney. That’s significant given the absence of recent stars like Morgan Stuckey and Arianna Clemmer.
“It means a lot because I know I have big shoes to fill,” the junior Webb said. “I want to make everybody else that preceded me feel honored that I continued that and helped the school out.”
Following Lexington and Westview in a close boys’ event were McNairy (328), South Gibson and South Fulton (329 each) and McKenzie (353). The runner-up South Fulton girls were followed by McNairy (189), McKenzie (195) and then Lexington and Westview (205 each).
Trinity Christian Academy’s boys’ and girls’ teams clinched Region 8’s Class A-AA state tournament berths last week.
Craig Thomas, 425-9634