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FHS golf seeks state crown
HVA’s Gosselin, BHS’s Knight also qualify for Class AAA state


It turned out Scott McKenzie had nothing to worry about.

Extrem-ely concerned about his Farragut High School boys golf team playing on a relatively unfamiliar course, Beaver Brook Country Club in North Knoxville, coach McKenzie worried about that course’s “hills” and “blind holes and drives.”

But his five-man team ground up second-place Halls by 24 strokes on its home course (277-301) during the Region 2-AAA Tournament Monday, Sept. 29, earning a spot in this week’s Class AAA State Tournament at Old Fort Golf Course in Murfreesboro (Oct. 7-8/after press deadline).

Farragut’s Brandon Rodgers, individual region champ with a 67 for the 18-hole round, was followed by Hayden Anderson — District 4-AAA champ — Davis Bunn and Patrick Thomas, all three firing a 70 and finishing tied for second.


Meanwhile, though Bearden’s girls team finished second (179), eight strokes behind region champ William Blount, BHS sophomore Allie Knight qualified for state (84).

Hardin Valley Academy freshman Wes Gosselin qualified for state on the boys side (72).

“The course has some hills and some blind shots on it, but the greens are actually pretty good, they were rolling really well,” Bunn said.

“Basically you’ve just got to hit the fairway and hit the green. If you can’t do that it’s going to be a little tough out there.

“These hills are obviously different from Fox Den [FHS home course], where we’re used to playing,” Bunn added. “But we came out here last Wednesday and played it, so we were kind of familiar with it, all the holes and how to play ’em.

“We’ve all played this course back in middle school and lit bit earlier in high school.”

Anderson said he handled the course “pretty good, I had six birdies today.

“My swing feels pretty good right now, and I’m putting really well,” he added. “I had, like, probably eight one-putts today. Just was putting lights out.”

 

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