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FHS girls, Randolph No. 2 in state; boys take third

Farragut senior Alyssa Randolph led the Farragut Lady Admirals girls’ golf team to a second-place finish in the Class AAA state championship Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Old Fort Golf Club in Murfreesboro.

Randolph finished the tournament in second-place after losing the second playoff hole to Independence junior Lauren Stratton. Randolph put herself in great position after shooting an AAA state record 65 the second day. She shot a 76 the first day to give her a total of 141.

“Alyssa had a wonderful tournament and a fabulous final round and that gave her a chance to win the state tournament,” FHS head coach Mike Driver said. “Unfortunately she lost on the second hole of the playoff, but I thought it was a great tournament for her and her contribution did a lot for us to take us to that second-place.”

The Lady Admirals shot 316 to finish 17 strokes behind Jefferson County’s 299.

“I thought we had a good tournament,” Driver said. “The girls finished second, which after losing two players to Division-One colleges last year. I thought that was a very good finish for us.”

Jillian Brodd (Ole Miss) and Erika Thornton (Mississippi State) led last year’s team.

But Randolph, who signed with the University of Kentucky, along with freshmen Chelsea Passmore and Stephanie Lockler, led this year’s team to a solid season.

Passmore finished with a 175 after rounds of 87 and 88 while Locker shot 188 after rounds of 99 and 89. “This was the first state tournament for Chelsea and Stephanie,” Driver said. “Both those girls are going to get better as they get older and gain a little bit more experience playing.”

The boys’ team finished in third (600) behind champ Houston (595) and No. 2 Cookeville (597).

“We were one stroke ahead with nine holes to play, but two or three guys had tough final nine holes of the tournament, and we just didn’t hold on to win it,” Driver said. “We finished third, which is nothing to be upset about. We had our chance and we hope we get another shot at it next year.”

Junior Patrick Thomas finished 12th after shooting a 147 (74 and 73). “Patrick Thomas finished one-over-par the last day, which was a really good score in the wind ... 15-20 mile-per-hour winds all day Wednesday,” Driver said.

Senior Michael Reeves finished one-stroke behind him, tying for 13th-place with rounds of 70 and 78.

“Michael Reeves had a good tournament, but he had a tough back nine,” Driver said. “He shot two-under the first day and six-over the second day, but he had a real good tournament and a great end to his senior career the last few weeks.”

Sophomore Brandon Rodgers finished with 153 after rounds of 73 and 80. Junior Elliott Wickenden shot 154 after rounds of 75 and 79 while sophomore Davis Bunn shot 155 after rounds of 73 and 82.

“Elliott played really solid, especially that last nine holes. This is his first state tournament too, so I think this experience will help us next year if we get the chance to get back there,” Driver said. “Brandon and Davis, I know, were disappointed with their second day scores. ...”


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