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FHS golf boys, BHS girls, Gosselin region winners


Farragut's boys golf team overcame difficult greens for a team win, while Wes Gosselin overcame bronchitis in a huge way for an individual crown.

Coach Jonathan Cox's FHS Admirals won the program's fourth straight Region 2-AAA title (294 versus runner-up Halls at 300), this one at Oak Ridge County Club on a cool, breezy and cloudy Monday, Oct. 4.

Next stop is Willow Brook Golf Club in Manchester and the chance to “threepeat” as Class AAA state champs Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 12-13.

Junior Mitchell Thomas was low Admiral, firing a 70. Stuart Thomas was next at 73, followed by Taylor Diegel (74) and Cole Selecman at 77.

David Meece also participated for FHS.

“Mitchell played well all day,” Cox said. “We talked about being mentally tough before we teed off today, simply because of the [cool, breezy] conditions.

“Mitchell was a perfect example of being tough, grinding it out and getting the most out of what he has.”

Mitchell said, “I kept it in play, hit fairways, hit greens, which is always good. And found a way to make a couple of putts here and there.”


Cox said his players overcame “bumpy and fast” greens, “a terrible combination when you're trying to make putts.”

Gosselin, a Hardin Valley Academy junior earning his third consecutive state tourney trip, won the individual crown going away with a six-under-par 66.

Finishing second in the District 3-AAA tourney last week on the same ORCC course in rainy conditions (70) while suffering from bronchitis, Gosselin said he was “really pleased” with two-under-par, but added he didn't “play out of my mind” at region.

Gosselin said good putting overcame “not hitting it well. I managed my game well, hit a lot of greens and made some putts.”

Shane Chambers, HVA head coach, said Gosselin's round “is just a testament to Wesley's work ethic and his talent.

“He's an exceptional golfer, and an even better person. No one deserves it more.”

Bearden Junior Ben Reeves, low Bulldog who at 73 “came close” to state, BHS head coach John Heins said. “It was a good finish for Ben.”

BHS senior Jeff Maier, District 4-AAA champ, finished with an 80. “He's always been a very good golfer,” Heins said.

“It just shows you how hard it is to get to state. It's a sad day in that respect.”

HVA junior Hunter Arnold (72) failed to qualify for state after losing in a playoff.

Knoxville's Catholic's top golfers were Preston Tucker (74), Stuart Smith (77) and Philip Icuss (80).

 

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