Dalton State Golf Battles Back Into The Top 10

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Dalton State battled back during the second round of the NAIA Women's Golf National Championship on Wednesday, firing a team round of (+22, 310) for the third best round of the day to move into the Top-10 on the Champions Course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The Roadrunners, (+63, 639), vaulted up the standings and sit in eighth.

#1 SCAD-Savannah (Ga.), (+30, 606), holds the lead by four strokes over #5 William Woods (Mo.), (+34, 610). #14 Taylor (Ind,), (+50, 626), is in third, with #3 British Columbia, (+58, 634), in fourth.
#12 Keiser (Fla.), (+60, 636), rounds out the Top-5.

All-Americans Katie Dalton and Tia Teiniketo would lead the way for the Lady Birds, combining to shoot 3-over. Starting on the back 9, Dalton would get things rolling early with a birdie at No. 14. Back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 16 & 17 would see her make the turn to the front at 1-over. She would quickly get one back with a birdie at No. 1 to get to (E). Dalton would settle into a groove with seven straight pars until hitting No. 9. She would finish out with a bogey, but still tie for the best round of the day.

Teiniketo got off to a solid start with six straight pars of her own before a bogey at No. 16 and double-bogey at No. 17 had her make the turn at 3-over. She would bogey Nos. 3 & 5, before closing strong with three birdies on her last four holes to get to 2-over on her round.

All-American Isabel Rijos would have another up-and-down round on Wednesday, shooting (+8, 80) on the day. Rijos was sitting at 4-over heading to her last two holes, but a triple-bogey, bogey finish would jump her score up the 8-over.

Sophomore Hannah Gasaway and All-American Caroline Griffin continued to struggle around the difficult Champions Course at PGA National. Neither could find a groove as Griffin carded (+11, 83), while Gasaway notched (+17, 87).

Coach Jim McGrew said of the day, "It was a great job today of doing what we needed to do. We still left too many shots out there and too many big numbers, but really proud of the way we fought back. We have 36 holes left and we need another good day tomorrow to put us where we want to be."

#2 Dalton State will tee it up again tomorrow, May 24, in the third round of the NAIA Women's Golf National Championship from PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The Lady Roadrunners will be paired with Cumberlands (Ky.) and Texas Wesleyan and tee off hole No. 1 beginning at 7:15 a.m. (EDT).


Randy Smith: The Kindness Of John Ward

Wednesday was a bad day for me. I lost two dear friends and great mentors. On Wednesday morning I was informed of the passing of my first television news director at WDEF TV, Ray White. Ray was a super news anchor and an even better man. Ray and I teamed with John Gray to have one of the highest rated newscasts in Chattanooga history; a 42% share of the audience in November of 1978. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Area Swim League

CHATTANOOGA AREA SWIM LEAGUE BLUE DIVISION: 1. Ooltewah 5-0; 1. Stuart Heights 3-1; 3. Signal Mountain 3-2; 4. Dalton 1-4; 5. Calhoun 0-5. RED DIVISION: 1. Catoosa  4-0; 2. Country Club 4-1; 3. Fairyland 2-2; 4. Cleveland 1-3; 5. Big Ridge 0-5. WHITE DIVISION: 1. Red Bank 4-0; 2. Waterdogs 3-1; 3. Ridgeside 1-3; 4. Cumberland 0-4. MONDAY'S RESULTS Country ... (click for more)

Former City Education Commissioner John P. Franklin Dies

John Porter Franklin, long a leading figure in Chattanooga city government, has died.  He was the city's first, elected black official, post Jim Crow laws, in 1971. Mr. Franklin's father, G.W. Franklin, was a pioneer funeral home director and John Franklin continued in that line. He was first an official in Franklin-Strickland Funeral Home, then he started John P. Franklin ... (click for more)

All School Board Members But Rhonda Thurman Approve Going Ahead With Equity Study

All County School Board members except Rhonda Thurman said Thursday afternoon they are in favor of pushing ahead with an equity study sought by new Supt. Bryan Johnson. Ms. Thurman said she was "tired of bullying tactics by outside groups" such as UnifiEd and Chattanooga 2.0. She said the 132 people who signed a letter in support of the study include people "with deep pockets" ... (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: So, You’re Invisible?

Several weeks ago I was in the middle of My Morning Readings when, somehow, I came across a wonderful story written by Nichole Johnson. Her website says she is a speaker, a motivator, and an author whose gift is to “capture the inner-most feelings of women facing life's daily struggles, and it has enabled her to create a unique sense of community for people of all ages.” That’s ... (click for more)