For the fifth year in-a-row, the Tennessee State Disc Golf Championships finished with Chris Dickerson hoisting the first place trophy.
Dickerson, the Gray, TN native, used a third-round 47 to take home the title by three shots. Colby Childress, of Knoxville, finished in second at 39-under.
Dickerson is the No. 5 player in the world currently and showed why over the weekend.
It wasn’t a quick start for Dickerson who was in fourth place after a first round 55 at Frank Lorino Park. In round two, however, Dickerson shot the low round of the day with a 58 at Panther Creek State Park that pushed him into the lead. While Dickerson was one-shot back of the low round on Sunday, his lead was comfortable throughout as he shot a 47 at Cherokee Park.
In round three, Dickerson started the round by birdeing the first five holes. After a bogey on six, Dickerson birdied two more before eagling hole nine. Dickerson started the back-nine with a birdie as well. After pars on holes 11 and 12, Dickerson birdied the final six holes to close it out.
It was a Tennessee led field as five of the top six players are from the State. There was a four-way tie for fourth place as Justin Bunnell, Kris Orrick, Noah Fiveash and Noah Osborne finished at 37-under.
Locally, Nick Jeffers from Russellville was the top finisher with a 20th place finish.
The open division saw 84 players enter, an increase of one from last year. When the event first started, only 15-20 people entered each year.
In the open women’s portion of the tournament, Macie Walker ran away with the competition, winning by nine strokes after shooting a 16-under. Walker has steadily improved over the past three years and, after a second place finish in the same event last year, finally lifted the trophy on Sunday.
Walker is a Whitesburg native and, after a 65 on Friday and 69 on Saturday, shot a 52 on Sunday. That was the lowest score of the round by five shots as she totaled 11 birdies.
Heather Young finished in second place while Christine Jennings rounded out the top-3.
In the Pro Masters 40+, Michael Johansen used a 49 in round three to take home the title by six shots over Dutch Napier, Kevin McCoy and Kenneth C. Tyburski. In the Pro Masters 50+, Matt Peckham shot a 24-under to take home the prize.
This was the eighth year the state championship has been in Morristown and the tournament brought in great revenue for the city. In total, around 550 players competed in the tournament.