Tuesday, October 02, 2012
- by B.B. Branton
MANCHESTER -- It was Ryder Cup drama and Ryder Cup pressure at the TSSAA D-II AA state girls golf championship late Tuesday afternoon here at WillowBrook Golf Course.
With the D-II AA boys’ title already secured in the Red Raiders corner, the Baylor girls rallied from down one with two groups to play No.18 and won by one shot, 298-299.
Playing in the same foursome, Baylor junior Blakesly Warren birdied No.18, while Ensworth’s Alexandra Farnsworth bogeyed that gave the Red Raiders a one-shot lead.
Next, Ensworth senior Maddie Williams’ 20-foot, down hill birdie putt attempt to tie the match slid past the hole and Baylor had its 17th team title in the last 18 years.
“I am proud of both our teams as they worked hard for these championships,” said Baylor golf coach Gary Partrick.
Complete Tournament Results: For complete team and individual results go to tssaa,org.
Baylor Sweep: Adding the boys and girls individual state titles, Baylor has swept all four awards for the first time since 2005. Brooke Pancake and Harris English won girls and boys state medalist honors, respectively, for the Red Raiders that fall, plus the two team titles.
The last time Baylor won both team championships in the same year – 2008 – Partrick was an assistant coach to then head coach King Oehmig
D-II AA Boys: Baylor led wire-to-wire (582) in securing its 16th state golf championship as two-time defending champion McCallie was second, 11 shots back (593) with Memphis University School in third (603) in the six-team field.
“Our guys are very deserving of this team championship as they played for the school name on their bag and not the individual names,” Partrick stated.
But it took solid individual play to gain that team championship led by senior Blake Maum who won the individual championship with a 5-under 139 (68-71). He came out hitting on all cylinders on Monday (Day1) shooting a front nine, 4-under 32 and never looked back.
Senior teammate Mikey Feher tied for sixth with a 74-74—148, while Nic Vandeventer tied for 13th (76-74--510), Josh Gregorich (80-72—152) tied for 17th and Oliver Simonsen (73-80--153) tied for 19th.
“Hats off to Baylor and they played two days of great golf to win it,” said McCallie coach Tony Meyers.
McCallie was led by senior Andrew Weathers (74-68--142) who was runner-up to Maum.
Top Four Individuals Received Medals: 1. Blake Maum (Baylor, 139) 2. Andrew Weathers (McCallie, 142) 3. Zach Olsen (Memphis Unv. School) 4. Gavin Shellnut (Battle Ground Academy
D-II AA Girls: In a battle for state golf supremacy, Baylor led by three shots after Day 1, but then had to rally late to defeat defending champion Ensworth by one shot, 598-599.
Trailing by the one shot coming to the 18th, junior Blakesly Warren’s birdie coupled with a bogey by Ensworth’s Alexandra Farnsworth put Baylor up by one and won it when a birdie putt to tie by Maddie Williams didn’t fall.
Blakesly (72-72--144) then faced Farnsworth (defending individual state champion) in a playoff for medalist honors with Blakesly winning on the second extra hole.
Top Four Individuals Received Medals: 1. *Blakesly Warren (Baylor, 144) 2. Alexandra Farnsworth (Ensworth, 144) 3. Lauren Wade (Briarcrest, 149) 4. Lauren Johnson (Baylor, 154)
*Warren won medalist honors on the second playoff hole.
Solid Rivalry: In the last four years at state, Ensworth has placed 4-2-1-2, while Baylor is 1-1-2-1 in the same time span.
Ensworth returns Farnsworth and Lindsay Miller, while Baylor will counter with Blakesly, Natalie Javadi and Katherine Holmes. Graduating are LBaylor's Lauren Johnson and Ensworth’s Maddie Williams.
Standing Strong Through Adversity: Ensworth’s Maddie Williams was in a Vanderbilt hospital for 19 days in the spring after being diagnosed with crohn’s disease. According to her dad, Herky, some were not sure she could come back and play solid golf as she did last fall to help Ensworth to its first girls’ golf championship.
“Maddie fought back, re-gained her strength and proved many people wrong as she won two tournaments in the spring,” said Mr. Williams.
“She showed people that she wasn’t going away and she received great encouragement and support from (former Baylor golf coach) King Oehmig who has been a grandfather figure in her life for the last few years.”
At the 2011 state tournament, Maddie wore pink shoelaces in her golf shoes to honor her mother, Marilyn, who is a two-time breast cancer survivor (and in remission) and was at the tournament today.
Williams heads to Belmont University next fall to play golf for the Bruins.
D-II A Boys: Evangelical Christian School (ECS) made it two team titles in a row and three of the last four, edging 2010 champion St. George’s by one shot, 609-610.
Grant Hirschman (St. George’s) shot a 70-67—137 for his second state medalist honors in three years, having won it as a freshman in 2010.
Carter Billingsley (73-71--144) of ECS was runner-up to Hirschman.
Top Four Individuals Received Medals: 1. Grant Hirschman (St. George's, 137) 2. Carter Billingsley (Evangelical Christian, 144) 3. Jack Smith (Knox. Webb, 146) 4. Blake Smith (Knox. Webb, 148)
D-II A Girls: Franklin Road Academy dominated play on the girls side as the Panthers all but lapped the field, winning by 45 shots over runner-up and defending state champion University School Nashville, 296-341. St. Mary’s was third with a 367.
Trading Trophies: In 2011, USN edged FRA by one shot, while FRA topped USN won by one shot in 2010.
In the last four years (2009-12), FRA has finished 3-1-2-1, while USN has finished 2-2-1-2.
Another Playoff: In another playoff for medalist honors, FRA senior Rachel Johnson (75-73--148) defeated teammate and freshman Nicole Page on the first extra hole. Defending state champion Sara Garmezy (Univ. School Nashville) was third with a 75-77--152.
Top Four Individuals Received Medals: 1. * Rachel Johnson (Franklin Road Academy, 148) 2. Nicole Page (Franklin Road Academy, 148) 3. Sara Garmezy (Univ. School Nashville, 152) 4. Jenna Burris (St. Andrews-Sewanee, 154)
* Rachel Johnson won state medalist honors in a playoff.
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