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2008 champ FHS boys golf, Bearden girls to state
Hughes, HVA duo also making Murfreesboro trip

Scott McKenzie, head coach of defending Class AAA boys golf state champion Farragut, summed up his team after its latest conquest — the Region 2-AAA championship and state tourney berth.

“A lot of years, a lot of hard work and a lot of expense,” said McKenzie, whose Admirals (291) beat runner-up Knoxville Catholic (305) at Tennessee National Golf Course in Loudon Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Behind Allie Knight’s individual region championship effort, even-par (72), Bearden (159) edged Anderson County (160) for the girls region crown and state team berth next week, Oct. 6-7, at Old Fort Golf Course in Murfreesboro.

Hardin Valley Academy qualified two for state: sophomore Wes Gosselin (74) making his second state trip, and Hunter Arnold (72).

FHS senior Davis Bunn (70), earned region medalist honors, with teammates Taylor Diegel and Hayden Anderson (73 each) and Brandon Rodgers (74) close. Mitchell Thomas also shot a 75.

“Davis has had a fantastic year,” McKenzie said. “He’s beaten everybody in Knoxville this summer. For a 17-year-old kid to play these college kids and win ... and not to crack under pressure with guys that are 25, 30, 35, 40 years old is pretty amazing.”

Farragut freshman Teleri Hughes was one of four individual state girls qualifiers (80). “She does what it takes to put herself in position,” McKenzie said.

Knight's BHS playing partner, Kelli Pemberton (87), shook off a double bogey on No. 8 to save par on No. 9 (the final hole) with an excellent approach shot. "She hit a 5-iron from 176 [yards] and she got it within 10 feet [of the hole]," BHS head coach John Heins said. "It was fantastic. It was high drama, to say the least, for us."

Scott Chambers, HVA head coach, praised Gosselin (illness) and Arnold (wrist tendinitis) for overcoming adversity. “Under the circumstances in which they were playing, I was impressed the way they came out and were able to represent Hardin Valley and get in [to state]," Chambers said.


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