Baylor Golfers Set to Defend State Titles

D-II A & AA Tourney Preview

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

MANCHESTER - Baylor School boys and girls golf teams look to defend their TSSAA D-II AA state championships, but Ensworth (girls) and McCallie, MBA and MUS (boys) are the biggest challengers as the state tournament here Monday and Tuesday at WillowBrook Golf Club.

In D-II A, Franklin Road Academy girls are back to defend their title, but 2012 boys champ Evangelical Christian failed to finish in top four in the West Region ... St. George’s won the West Region and won state titles in 2007-08-10.

If You Are Going: D-II A and D-II AA State Golf Championship:

Mon.-Tues. Sept 23-24 … WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester

6751 McMinnville Hwy … Exit 111 off I-24 ….

18 holes, stroke play both days …

Start Times: 9 a.m. EDT … on Nos. 1 & 10 … girls play first …

Tickets: $8 each day … free parking

D-I State: D-I A/AA is Oct. 1-2 … D-I AAA is Oct. 8-9

Tee Time of Note: D-II AA Girls - 9 a.m. (EDT)  ... No. 10 tee … the past two state champions Blakesly Warren (Baylor, 2012) and Alexandra Farnsworth (Ensworth, 2011) are paired together  … Farnsworth won the Middle/East Region last week.

Best Names: Win Temple (BGA) was Middle/East medalist with a 72 ... but Chase Harris (Univ. School Jackson, 76) hopes to catch him … and MBA has a Chase Matthews ... and Baylor has Chase Rosewell … wonder if Turner South (Knox Webb) will go to work for Ted Turner one day ?  …  Golfing Name: Mason Rudolph plays for MUS and shot a 77 at region

Home Course Advantage??: Jenna Burris of St. Andrews-Sewanee School won the D-II A Middle/East Region with a course record 69 at Old Hickory … note: her parents own WillowBrook Golf Club … Jenna tees off Monday at 9 a.m. EDT.

Back to Defend Titles:  Baylor boys and girls … Franklin Road Academy girls …

Blakesly Warren (Baylor) in D-II AA girls … Grant Hirschman (St. George’s) in D-II A boys  

D-II AA Boys: Defending State Champ – Baylor

Should be a four-team race as region champs MBA (Middle/East) and MUS (West) both shot 297 to win the respective regions … Baylor is defending state champ and McCallie won it in 2011 and 2012 ... individual region champs are Patrick McDonald (McCallie) and Hays Moreland (MUS) both shot 68 for region medalist honors ... Baylor finished fourth at region in 2012 and won the state by 11 shots ... MBA has not won a state golf title since 1982 ... MUS last won in 1996 …

D-II A Boys: 2012 State Champion – Evangelical Christian

St. George’s won the West Region and looks to be the favorite to win its fourth title in seven years … 2012 state champ Evangelical Christian did not qualify … Battle Ground Academy edged Knox Webb for the Middle/East Region …

St. George’s had four of its five golfers shoot 75 or better at region led by defending state champ Grant Hirschman (71) …

First Boys State Tourney - 1938 … won by Morristown HS at Morristown Country Club

D-II AA Girls: 2012 State Champion - Baylor

Ensworth and Baylor are the pre-toumey favorites in the 39th girls state tourney… Ensworth ended Baylor’s 16-year reign in 2011, but Baylor re-captured the title a year ago … Ensworth won this year’s region … and St. Agnes won the West Region

Rubber Match: Seniors Blakesly Warren (Baylor) and Alexandra Farnsworth (Ensworth meet for the last time in a high school meet … Farnsworth won the individual state crown in 2011 and led her team to its first golf title …. Blakesly returned the favor last fall winning the individual crown and helped the Red Raiders to the team championship … Warren has committed to Tennessee and Farnsworth to Vandy so the will see plenty of each other for the next four years.

D-II A Girls: 2012 State Champion – Franklin Road Academy

FRA won the Middle/East Region and is led by sophomore and 2012 state runner-up Nicole Page ... First Assembly Christian School won the West Region … Jenna Burris (SAS) shot a 69 at Middle/East Region and was only player to break 70

First Girls State Tournament - 1975 ... won by GPS at Horton

2012 Results

D-II AA Boys Baylor finished fourth in the Middle/East Region and won the state by 11 shots over two-time defending champion McCallie

Blake Maum (Baylor) – individual champ, 139

D-II AA Girls: Baylor edged 2012 champ Ensworth by one shot, 298-299

Blakesly Warren (Baylor) – individual champ, 144 … defeated 2012 champ Alexandra Farnsworth (Ensworth) in a playoff

D-II A Boys: Evangelical Christian (609) defeated St. George’s (610) and Knox. Webb (610) by one shot ….

Grant Hirschman  (St. George’s) – individual champ, 137

D-II A Girls: Franklin Road Academy (296) as an easy winner – 45 shots ahead of runner-up Univ. School of Nashville (341) ...

Not surprisingly, FRA was at the top of the individual leader board as senior Rachel Johnson and freshman Nicole Page … both shot 138 with Johnson winning in a playoff.

Rachel Johnson (FRA) – individual champ, 138 (won in playoff)

 

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


Red Bank Eliminated From State Volleyball

SMYRNA, Tenn. – The TSSAA State Volleyball tournament didn’t start off like the Red Bank Lionettes would have liked. It didn’t end like they wanted either as they got eliminated by the Lady Indians of Harpeth. Red Bank ended its season at 28-27 following the three-set 25-6, 25-16 and 25-15 loss in its second match of the day. Facing the Lady Irish from Knoxville Catholic ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: SEC Picks Week Nine

As we head down the stretch in the 2014 college football season, the biggest surprise so far continues to be the awesome success of the Mississippi schools. Who would have thought that both Ole Miss and Mississippi State would be ranked in the top three in the national polls? Both teams are back in action this weekend, with both teams being tested on the road. Last week: ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Firm Gets $1,010,000 Contract For Overseeing VW Expansion For New SUV Line

A Chattanooga firm is getting the contract for overseeing the construction work for the new SUV line at the Volkswagen plant. Officials said the EMJ Corporation has been selected for the project that will give a new surge of activity and employment at the plant at the Enterprise South Industrial Park. The work includes additions to the body shop and tech center and adding ... (click for more)

Several Arrested Outside Erlanger Hospital When Crowd Gathers After Woodlawn Shooting

Several people were arrested Monday night outside Erlanger Hospital after a crowd gathered and clashed with police. The crowd included family and friends of 20-year-old Apprentice Berry, who was shot multiple times and killed earlier Monday night at the Woodlawn Apartments on Wilson Street. Erlanger officials said the group gathered at the emergency room, but were later moved ... (click for more)

Chairs Cost How Much?

Many times while growing up, I would go to the store with my parents. More often than not, I would see something I wanted, and ask my parents to buy it for me. More often than not, they said no. “Why?” I asked. “Son, money doesn’t grow on trees.” That’s a phrase I’m sure many of us have heard more than once over the course of our lives. However, I have since learned that they were ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Dear Friend Luther

One sunny morning in June years ago, the renowned radio icon Luther Masingill was on his way back to the WDEF studios on South Broad Street when he stopped for a red light and noticed a young couple in a car idling next to his familiar light blue Ford pickup. “What caught my eye was a buck-toothed boy eating a banana in the back seat,” he explained in an aside to that day’s lunchtime ... (click for more)