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FHS girls look to state; Ad boys are young


Three Farragut High Lady Admiral golfers contributed to the program’s 2004 Class AAA state title and ’05 state runner-up finish.

Meanwhile, only two experienced upperclassman return to help guide the FHS boys team featuring several top freshman talents.


Senior John Minor was a key member of Jefferson County’s 2004 state championship team before transferring to FHS last season and being the lone Admiral boys representative at state in 2005.

Meanwhile, the girls are thinking state championship behind the standout success of seniors Erika Thornton and Jillian Brodd, and junior Alyssa Randolph.

“Jillian and Erika both had great summers ... both of them qualified to play in the U.S. Junior Amateur ... A great accomplishment for both of them,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said.

As for experience and being battle-tested, “They’ve seen about everything you can see on a golf course,” Driver said. Planning ahead for college, both girls said they are looking at “S-E-C schools.”

Randolph “barely missed going to the U-S Junior,” Driver said. “She is also battle-tested, she’s played in a lot of tournaments.”

With the seniors and Randolph, “I expect a lot out of them, and they expect a lot out of themselves,” Driver said, adding that his FHS girls won a tourney decisively versus a talented private school field in Chattanooga earlier this month, beating runnerup Baylor by 11 strokes with the event’s top three individual performances.

“Erika actually was medalist, and Jillian and Erika were one stroke behind her and tied for second,” Driver said.

Sophomore Hannah Berman rounds out the 2006 girls team.

FHS BOYS

“We’re really young, we’ve got a lot of freshman,” Driver said about his FHS boys. His FHS freshman were state champs at Farragut Middle School last season.

One of those freshman, Brandon Rodgers, the team’s current No. 6 player, shot 2-under-par to win a recent tourney in Morristown. “I think that was a big boost to his confidence,” Driver said.

Jordan Stridde is the other FHS senior, while Michael Reeves, [No. 3] and the lone Ad junior, “has had a good summer,” Driver said.

Sophomore Jimmy Knight “was the team’s second leading scorer in Morristown,” Driver said. Sophomore Elliott Wickenden, [No. 2] player, “has a beautiful swing ... I’m expecting big things out of Elliot, he worked really hard for us this summer,” Driver said, adding he was low scorer [4-over par/36 holes] at a recent tourney in Chattanooga.

Freshman in the mix are Davis Bunn [No. 4] and Hayden Anderson [No. 5].

Along with Rodgers, “I think those three right there are going to be battling for the five places this year,” Driver said.

Sophomore Patrick Thomas and freshmen Drew Jenkins and Jordan Lockler round out the team.

 

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