Wednesday, August 01, 2012
- by B.B. Branton
While Andrew Weathers (Boys 16-18s) and Katherine Holmes (Girls 12-14s) were crowned overall Chattanooga City Junior Golf champions Tuesday at Windstone Golf Club, Heidi Barringer had the comeback victory of the day.
Playing in the Girls 15-18s, the Cleveland High School sophomore posted a 46 on the front nine, but came home with an impressive 37 for an career-best 83, a two day total of 170 and edged Natalie Javadi (82-90=172) by two strokes for the title.
Weathers shot a 72-70=142 while Holmes carded a 78-74=152 for boys’ and girls’ medalist honors, respectively.
In Boys’ 16-18, Chase Cole (73-74=147) was the winner, Sport Almond (76-74=150) defeated Lake Johnson (76-74-150) in a one-hole playoff for the 14-15 crown and Matthew Ingram (78-78=156) was the Boys’ 12-13 winner.
Mary Melissa Manual (88-87=175) was the Girls’ 12-14 champion.
Comeback Kid: Barringer struggled early (7-over after two holes), as she opened with a double bogey 6 followed by a quintet bogey 9 (played the wrong ball and self-reported) and finished with a 46.
But she steadied herself, pared nine of the last 10 holes, including the final seven, for a 37.
“I didn’t do well on the front nine, but was able to string several pars together and played welll on the back and am excited to win the city championship,” said Barringer.
In the Red - Tuesday: Andrew Weathers (2-under 70, tied career best round at Windstone), Oliver Simonsen (1-under, 71)
Match Play at The Honors: The top four golfers in each age group for the year will compete in match play at The Honors next Wednesday and Thursday.
Best Dressed: 13-year-old Matthew Ingram who plays for LaFayette Middle School, must have visited the locker of former pro Doug Sanders before Tuesday’s play as Ingram wore gold, green and white plaid slacks on his way to the 12-13 title.
Known as a flamboyant, stylish dresser on tour, Sanders, a native of Cedartown, Ga., won 20 pro tournaments from 1956-1972.
2012 Chattanooga City Junior Golf Championship
Boys - Andrew Weathers (72-70=142)
16-18: Chase Cole (73-74=147)
14-15: Sport Almond (76-74+150_ playoff winner
12-13: Matthew Ingram (78-78=156)
Girls - Katherine Holmes (78-74+152)
15-18: Heidi Barringer (87-83=170)
12-14: Mary Melissa Manual (88-87=175)
Two-Time Champion: Weathers also won the Boys City title in 2010 to become only the sixth golfer to win this event at least twice.
“It’s a great honor to be a two-time winner of this tournament as there are some pretty impressive names on the trophy (M.F. Leach Trophy) who are repeat winners,” said Weathers.
Chattanooga City Junior Championship (repeat winners)
* Mike Malarkey (1958-59-61)
Jimmy White (1962-63)
Wes Gilliland (1965-69-70)
Dale Tuder (1992-93)
Bryan Hartley (2001-02)
Andrew Weathers (2010, 2011)
+ Malarkey won the inaugural event in 1958
+ Debbie Walker (1976-77)
Juanita Drinnon (1979-80-82)
Amy Napolatano (1984-85-86)
Jennifer Humkey (1987-88)
Celeste Nelson (1989-90)
Erin McArthur (1993-94)
Catherine Hicks (2001-02)
Emily Javadi (2009-10)
+ Walker won the inaugural event in 1976
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