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California Callaway ‘customs’ for Kensi; Webb boys think No. 1


Kensi Wieland enjoyed the fruits of hard work last season — a mere freshman — with a third-place Division II state golf finish.

This sophomore will carry the entire load, while carrying a special set of golf clubs, for Webb School’s girls team in 2010.

Meanwhile, Spartans head coach Ryan Greer isn’t shy about pinpointing 2010 as an excellent year for Webb boys golf to finally win a state crown.

“Absolutely, that’s our goal,” said Greer, whose boys team features only one senior. “Webb’s never won a state championship.” (More on Webb boys later in story)

Wieland (pictured) said her state finish “showed me that my hard work really did pay off.”


As for Wieland’s special equipment, “I went to the Callaway headquarters in California to get fitted for my Callaway clubs,” Wieland said about her new set of “Callaway X-22 [irons]” and “Callaway fairway woods. That was really exciting.”

The fitting proved convenient.

Wieland played in Callaway Junior World tournament, among an international field of 80, in San Diego, Calif., “An hour up the street was Carlsbad, which was where the [Callaway] headquarters are.

“It was a great experience. I played with girls from the Philippines and India and China,” she added. “To talk with them and make relationships with them, that was one of the highlights. ... I love California.”

Greer said Wieland is “a phenomenal talent, really, really just an all-around great kid. ... I don’t think you see this kind of talent come along very often.

Sophomore Jack Smith, Webb boys No. 1, fired a 36-hole 146 (75, 73) to finish third among 60 of Tennessee’s top golfers at Baylor Preview, Black Creek Golf Club, Chattanooga.

“Jack’s good for a lot of reasons, very consistent,” Greer said. “He’s got a really good short game, which is key.”

Junior Rob Talbott, a transfer from McCallie, is No. 2.

“That really put us over the top, he’ll be a huge asset for us,” Greer said of Talbott.

Sophomore Blake Bodie is No. 3, followed by Cory Price, Webb’s lone senior, sophomore Patrick Winchester and eighth-graders Blake Smith and Grant Bodie.

 

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