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Freshman is All-state for FHS golf

Freshman Hayden Anderson set a new standard for rookie Farragut High School boys golfers.

“I don’t think I’ve a had a freshman finish in the top ten their first time out at the state tournament,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said of Anderson’s 9th-place finish, earning him All-state honors, during the Class AAA state tournament Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 3-4, at the Old Fort Golf Course in Murfreesboro.

“He shot a solid one-under-par [145 for 36 holes over two days], and that’s fantastic for a kid who’s just a freshman playing in his first state championship,” Driver added.

Key to that success, Driver said, was that the 14-year-old “played his game” despite being paired with older golfers who were consistently hitting their drives further.

“He didn’t try to hit it with them, he played kinda conservative, didn’t try to go for par fives in two He played within himself, and that was the best thing he did,” Driver said. Anderson fired a one-under-par 71 Oct. 3 followed by a 74 the next day.

Senior John Minor, made his third straight trip to state, second at FHS after transferring from Jefferson County, and shot 152.

“He had a good two years for us,” Driver said, adding the senior “played much better” on the second 18-hole day with a 74 after shooting 78 on day one.

Driver said freshman Brandon Rodgers (156, 84-72) played well his final 27 holes after a rough day one start on the front nine.


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