Chiefs, Lady Patriots claim D2-AAA golf titles
The Jefferson County Lady Patriots won the District 2-AAA golf tournament team championships at The Country Club, Inc., in Morristown, Monday.
A familiar face and a new kid on the block walked away with the District 2-AAA golf titles Monday afternoon at The Country Club, Inc., in Morristown.
The Jefferson County Lady Patriots won the girls’ title once again, while the Cherokee Chiefs walked away with their first district title in more than three decades.
The Lady Patriots fired a team score of 170 to win the title by five shots over second place South-Doyle, who won the Inter Mountain Conference championship last week in Rogersville.
Morristown West was third with a score of 187, edging Morristown East for the final team spot in the Region 1-AAA tournament next week. The Lady Hurricanes shot a 188 and were followed in the team standings by Cherokee (193), Seymour (194), Cocke County (220) and Sevier County (233).
Jefferson County was paced by Alex Strong with an 82, which placed her second after she lost a playoff to Cherokee’s Kelli Ann Pearson for the individual title. Kelsey Haun added an 88 for the Lady Patriots.
Maggie Cook led the Lady Trojans with an 87, which gave her third place in the individual standings. Brooke Samples added a 100, which helped West make it to the region tournament for the first time in three years.
“I’m very proud of the girls today, especially Brooke,” Lady Trojans coach Ralph Noble said. “She did a great job of finishing, and she helped us get back in the region tournament. Maggie played very well also, and she won her playoff for third place. I couldn’t have asked for more from them today,”
Despite missing out on going to the region tournament by a single shot, East will send two golfers to next week’s event. Brooke Harmon finished fifth with an 88, and Kaylan Lilley also qualified by shooting a 100.
“We’re disappointed that we couldn’t make it as a team, but we are very happy that Brooke and Kaylan are both advancing to play next week,” Lady Hurricanes coach Brandon Olson said. “That’s a pretty good deal if we couldn’t have the whole team make it, so we are thrilled for both of them.”
The Cherokee Chiefs won the District 2-AAA golf tournament team championships at The Country Club, Inc., in Morristown, Monday.
On the boy’s side, Cherokee’s score of 319 was good enough to win the title by 11 shots over Jefferson County. Sevier County was third at 335, followed by Seymour (349), South-Doyle (349), Cocke County (357), East (363) and West (380).
Kodey Popplewell and Daniel Owen both turned in a 79 for the Chiefs in the win, while Ben Owen tallied an 80 and Ty Cowan added an 81.
Jefferson County was paced by overall champion Justin Saylor, who fired a 76 and defeated Sevier County’s Spencer Cross in a playoff for the crown.
Kyle Briggs and Andrew Briggs both totaled an 84 for the Patriots, while Jordan Frazier added an 86.
Hunter Blanken led the Hurricanes on the afternoon with an 86, while Connor Long and Andrew McGinnis each added an 88. Jacob Elkins fired a 101 to round out the team score.
Ryan Ramsey led the Trojans with an 89, while Andrew Fowler added a 92 and Charlie Cleary had a 93. Shawn Bowlin carded a 106 for West. Trey Potts had his score of 82 tossed out due to a scoring discrepancy.
-By Matt Daniels, Tribune Sports Editor