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FHS golf boys, BHS girls, Gosselin region winners

Bearden's one-two punch, Allie Knight and Kelli Pemberton, rallied from a rough first nine holes to sit atop the Oak Ridge Country Club girls throne.

“At nine holes I though we were going home today,” BHS head coach John Heins said about his duo, who rallied to tie for the Region 2-AAA individual title (77) while giving Bearden the girls crown (154), five shots better than runner-up Farragut (159) Monday, Oct. 4.

“To come back and play the way they did was fantastic,” Heins added.

Knight rallied from an 8-over-par first nine holes to shoot 3-under on the last nine. The senior birdied her final two holes: No. 9 and 10.

Pemberton was similar, overcoming a 6-over first nine to shoot 1-under on the last nine.

Now with four post-season individual titles in her career — two District 4-AAA and two region — Knight nailed a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 1 to win the playoff.

“I started out putting terrible,” Knight said. “I came back and just felt it; I drove the ball great, I hit almost every fairway, it seemed like.” Ashley Bergner also is a Lady Bulldog.

Three other Westside girls qualified for state: Farragut sophomore Teleri Hughes (78) makes her second state trip while HVA sophomore Abby Dukes (78) is going for the first time.

Chelsea Passmore, FHS senior (81), overcame a disastrous final hole to win the final state spot in a sudden-death playoff.

Knight said going up against her teammate in the playoff “kinda makes you feel guilty” because “we play and practice together all the time.”

Pemberton said “it was definitely different” facing off against Knight in the playoff.

“Today was pretty good, but it wasn't my best,” she added.

Heins said, “It was just an emotional day all day, they were up and down, up and down. A big learning experience today.”

At state, Knight said, “I definitely want to get in the top three.”

Hughes said she was “hitting the ball pretty well, I felt good about my swing.”

However, “Putting was the problem,” she added. “I was just missing, like, little three-footers.”

Dukes said Monday was “my best round ever” as a golfer. “I'm really proud of myself. I'm a member of this course, so I play here all the time."

Passmore is making her first state trip since her freshman season.

Beating Lenoir City's Mary Buckman for the last state qualifying spot after a sudden-death playoff at No. 1, Passmore had to overcome a double bogey at the last hole, No. 11, where she lost her tee shot in high grass.

“I thought I'd be staying home next week,” said Passmore, whose 20-foot birdie putt on the playoff hole fell within a foot for an easy par tap-in. “I was playing pretty good, I was hitting everything almost exactly where I wanted. Except for my putting.

“This is the best season I've played yet,” she added.

Low score from Knoxville Catholic was senior Alec Cunningham (84).


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