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Lady Ads go 1-2-3 to win region; boys 2nd but earn 3 state berths
BHS’s Sills on to state

For the Farragut High School girls golf team it was a resounding 22-stroke Region 2-AAA victory, with the top three finishers all Lady Ads led by Alyssa Randolph (medalist at 69, 3-under par), followed by seniors Erika Thornton ( 73) and Jillian Brodd. (74).

Despite a two-stroke loss to Halls for the region crown and Class AAA state tourney bid, the FHS boys were well-served by youth through 18 holes at Three Ridges Golf Course Monday, Sept. 25.

Earning individual state tourney trips are Admiral freshmen Hayden Anderson, region runner-up at 71, and Brandon Rodgers, close behind at 72.

Also qualifying for the Class AAA state tournament was FHS senior John Minor, who’ll be making his third state trip after qualifying with a birdie on the second playoff hole. He shot a 74 through 18.

Admiral sophomore Elliott Wickenden came close, also at 74 through 18, but was not among the top two in the playoff.

Highlighting Bearden’s afternoon was senior Emily Sills, who qualified for state with an 82. The Bulldog boys’ top threat, junior Jeff Slack, shot a 78.


“They played fantastic,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said about his team’s 2-under par 142, way ahead of Powell’s 164.

As medalist, Randolph birdied five consecutive holes (Nos. 12 through 16) to finish the back nine at 31.

“I think this was her lowest score in a match of this magnitude,” Driver said of Randolph, a junior., who joined Thornton and Brodd as members of the 2004 Class AAA state championship team. The FHS girls were state runners-up to Independence High School last season.

Thornton will make her fourth consecutive state trip, having qualified as a freshman in 2003.

As for its chances at state, “I think if we go out and do what we need to we can win it,” Drivers said about the upcoming Class AAA state tournament at Old Fort Golf Club in Murfreesboro Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 3-4. “Independence doesn’t have both its [top] girls back. ... As long as we go out and play well, on paper we look pretty good.”


“We had some really good scores today,” Driver said, adding that Rodgers “had a great back-side” to claim his 72.

With freshman Anderson leading the way for FHS, “I played pretty good today. I’ve been playing well over the fall,” he said.

Anderson said he “didn’t play well in middle school, but I came out this fall determined.”

As for Monday, Anderson overcame consecutive bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11 with an eagle on No. 12, nailing a 25-foot putt the 14-year said was vital to his play down the stretch.

“I’d probably would have shot about three over [par] if I hadn’t made that putt because it gave me a momentum boost.”


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