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Westside golf tuning for playoffs

With district tourneys starting Sept. 27, Westside high school golf teams look to sharpen strokes.

Jonathan Cox's Farragut girls enter the week having lost just one match all season while “Teleri Hughes is leading the girls; I think she's averaging 37 [per nine holes] on the season and Chelsea [Passmore] averaging 39.”

Cox labels his top FHS boys as the “three horses, they're strong:” Taylor Diegel, Stuart Thomas and Mitchell Thomas. “Taylor's been leading us.”

For John Heins’ Bearden Bulldogs boys, “So far this year Ben Reeves [No. 2] and Jeff Maier [No. 1] have been two solid performers for me, adding Maier “has been playing better than I've ever seen him play.”

Heins said Allie Knight, No. 1 girls player, “is playing very well,” while No. 2 Kelli Pemberton “is starting to get into her swing.”

The last two weeks for Webb School of Knoxville golf “have been extremely good,” Spartans head coach Ryan Greer said. The boys “shot three-over par 291 [18 holes], played extremely well. ... Three-under 69 came from Blake Bodie. Rob Talbott shot 70 that day. We got a 73 from Jack Smith.”

Talbott “shot 37 at Fox Den in a match where we beat Farragut again. Shot 37 at Cherokee [last] Thursday. ... We beat CAK, Oak Ridge and Grainger County.

“Rob and Blake have been playing extremely well lately.”

Webb also beat the Admirals, along with another win against CAK, during a threesome at Willow Creek Sept. 7. “That was probably our best win of the year.

“On our girls side we came back with an even par round on the back nine at Willow Creek, which is good for us,” Greer added. “Kensi [Wieland] continues to play extremely well. Ann [Legg-Margiotta] is starting to come along and mature.”

Knoxville Catholic’s pair of Stuart Smith and Alec Cunningham have “pretty much led our team the whole year,” KCHS head coach Colin Moskal said. The KCHS girls handed Farragut its only 2010 loss.

Hardin Valley Academy's girls finished second in a District 3-AAA “shootout” at Beaver Brook Country Club. “All of our girls were under 50 for the first time ever, which is a big step,” head coach Shane Chambers said.

Chambers' HVA boys have been led by junior No. 1 Wes Gosselin and No. 2 Hunter Arnold.


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