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CAK freshman Schubert crushes state golf field

There are talented high school freshmen — really special athletes — scattered throughout Tennessee.

And then there’s Sophia Schubert.

“What she’s done is pretty much incredible,” CAK head coach Hank Fennell said about his freshman girls golf sensation completing the individual trifecta: capturing the Class A/AA state championship, by 15 strokes, after winning region and district crowns.

“She hits it so much further than anybody else,” Fennell added after Schubert’s 145 (70-75) Oct. 5-6 at Willow Brook Golf Club, Manchester. “And wedge game … I would say if she’s within 80 yards, you can expect her to hit it pretty close, within 10 feet.”

One of the nation’s top-ranked golfers in her age bracket who didn’t lose any individual matches as a freshman Lady Warrior this season, Schubert said she “played pretty well” at state in the opening round Oct. 5 (70).

“But not really how I wanted to play,” Schubert added about failing to play under-par on the second day (75).

Fennell said Schubert, 14, “expects to do the same the next three years. Her vision for herself is way beyond any high school golf. I think this is just a stepping stone to prepare her for the future.

“She’s the best girl her age in the state.”

Schubert is so competitive that she’s had an eye on other girls state tournament results to compare scores (all played at Willow Brook).

A mythical overall state championship, all classification scores included, amounted to “playing all the other girls [state champions] in the other [classifications],” Schubert said. “Yeah, I was doing that.”

With only the Class AAA State Tournament yet to be concluded at deadline (played Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 12-13, at Willow Brook), Schubert’s 145 also stood as the best versus Division II-A state champ Kensi Wieland (152) and Division II-AA champ Mary Virginia Portera of St. Agnes (148).

Fennell said, “That’s the way she looks at stuff. She’s not looking at being just the best in A/AA.

“Sophia is definitely the best female golfer CAK’s ever had,” he added.

“She’s got the potential to be the best golfer, boys or girls, to come out of CAK.”

Schubert paired with Lady Warriors teammate Emery Ward, also a freshman, to lead CAK’s third-place team finish (352), 21 strokes behind champ Signal Mountain (331).


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