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BHS girls golfers 2nd in state

Bearden High School’s second-place Class AAA finish in girls golf last week in Crossville, highlighted by Mallory Bishop’s third-place individual finish, proved to be an emotional experience.

“There were mixed emotions, the girls were disappointed they didn’t do better, but they were still second in the state,” said interim coach and BHS athletic director Lynn Hill, who has been filling in for the late Scott McMurray. “That’s an awesome feat in itself, to be able to make second in the state.”

In memory of coach McMurray, who was killed in an car accident Sept. 13, Hill said the awards ceremony was emotional.

“They give a coach’s plaque, and that was very hard,” he said, “because that should have been placed in Scott McMurray’s hands.”

As for the play of Bishop, “she’s a great golfer,” Hill said. Bishop, who shot 160 at the Bear Trace course after 36 holes Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, finished 10 shots behind individual champ Taylor Cooper of Rossview.

As for the future, “we’ve got the whole team back next year,” Hill said.

Region hero Jesse Maier and number three player Emily Sills helped lead BHS to their second-place finish (336), 15 shots behind state champion Rossview of Clarksville and two shots ahead of third-place Morristown West.

One rival head coach tipped his hat to the Lady Bulldogs.

“Jesse did a good job on the second day, coming back and shooting an 84,” Farragut coach Mike Driver said of Maier, whose 10-foot birdie putt allowed the BHS team to beat the Lady Admirals in a one-hole playoff and earn them a team trip to Crossville. “And really, on her last nine where she shot a 39, is what helped move them into second place.”

Maier (176) finished 25th. Sills shot 197. “I think Bearden will be our main competition next year in the district,” Driver said. “They’re going to be really strong.”

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