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Wieland state golf champion
CAK boys look for A/AA state repeat

Kensi Wieland, only a sophomore, shined under enormous pressure and has a high school golf state title to someday use as bragging points with grandchildren.

This Webb School of Knoxville top talent defeated Jennifer Kim of St. George's on the third sudden death playoff hole, sinking a short par putt, to win the Division II-A crown at Willow Brook Golf Club in Man-chester Wed-nesday, Sept. 29.

Meanwhile, Christian Academy of Knoxville's boys looked to repeat as Division I Class A/AA state champs, while the girls also looked for a high state finish, during play at Willow Brook Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 5-6.

Wieland (74-78-152) overcame “a very, very difficult up and down” on the last hole, No. 9, to force a playoff after “chipping to about four feet downhill, then made [her putt],” Webb head coach Ryan Greer said. On the third sudden death hole, No. 8 (par 3), “Kensi hit it to about 10 to 12 feet” then two-putted to win.

“The biggest thing for Kensi this year was her driving accuracy for the state event ... keeping yourself out of trouble was certainly huge.”

She also “putted extremely well, made a number of good par saves.” Webb freshman Ann Legg-Mangiotta finishe 19th (206).

The Spartans boys finished 637, 15 strokes behind champ St. George’s. “Jack Smith and Rob Talbott played extremely well all year,” Greer said about his top two golfers. Smith (155) finished fifth, while Talbott took sixth (156). Blake Bodie (159) was eighth.


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