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Repeat performance
CAK Boys Golf captures second straight Class A/AA state crown

Experienced in the art of winning a golf state championship, Christian Academy of Knoxville’s boys took on a new course attempting to repeat in 2010.

With a lethal combination of hard work, focus and talent, the Warriors again rose to the pinnacle.

CAK won it’s second consecutive Class A/AA boys golf state championship, nine strokes better versus runner-up Chatta-nooga Notre Dame (614-623), following final round play at Willow Brook Golf Club, Man-chester, Wednesday, Oct. 6.

“I think we probably worked, or practiced, more and harder than probably any other school in the state,” CAK head coach Hank Fennell said.

“They’re mentally focused by the time they get to state.

It also says a lot about the players and their talent level,” he added.

Warriors senior Lee Whitehead led the championship charge with a second-place individual finish (77-71-148).

“I think he wanted to go out with a bang to finish his high school career,” Fennell said of Whitehead. “He probably had a 20-foot birdie putt on the last hole to go under par.

“He told me afterwards that he wanted to make the last putt of his high school career,” Fennell added.

Junior Kory Webb finished fourth (150), starting out with “a great day on Tuesday (69),” Fennell said. “He was probably the most focused I’ve ever seen him on a golf course. He wanted to get the job done, and he got halfway there (81 Wednesday).”

Anderson Payne took 11th (77-75-152). “I can always depend on my one-, two- and three-guys to shoot mid 70s or below,” Fennell said.

“Anderson’s been solid for us for the last four years. When he’s hot he can go below the mid 70s. He’s always been steady for us. It’s definitely a blessing to count on him shooting those scores all the time.”

Greg Gilbert, Warriors No. 5 player, contributed a 166 (87-79).

Taylor Payne, CAK’s No. 4 player, shot 171 (85-86).

“Like last year, it was a total team effort,” Fennell said of having Payne’s 85 on Tuesday and Gilbert’s 79 on Wednesday counting toward the final victory count.

CAK slightly expanded a six-stroke day one lead against Notre Dame (308-314).

About Willow Brook, “It was shorter than Old Fort, and it was dry,” Fennell said of comparing this year’s state course to last year’s state course in Murfreesboro.

“The greens were fast, and they put the pins in some pretty tough locations.”


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