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BHS girls state golf runner-up, FHS boys third
Knight 2nd overall for Lady Bulldogs; FHS’s Hughes 4th

It came down to rock solid Bearden versus spectacular Soddy-Daisy during the home stretch of Class AAA Girls Golf State Tournament action in Middle Tennessee last week.

The Lady Trojans of Hamilton County out-shot state runner-up BHS by a mere three strokes (304-307) following final round play at WillowBrook Golf Club, Manchester, Wednesday, Oct. 13.

“It came down to the last hole, we had a shot,” Lady Bulldogs head coach John Heins said. “From tee to green we played as good as anybody. ... If we were to cut our three putts in half, we would have won the state.

“We were tied for the lead with four or five holes left, and they threw a couple of birdies in,” he added.

Allie Knight, BHS senior and two-time Region 2-AAA and District 4-AAA champ during her excellent career, finished tied for second at state (73-73-146, three strokes behind champ Kendall Martindale of Jefferson County, 143).

Knight, a Middle Tennessee State University commitment, kept Bearden close with “a birdie on 17, and made a great par on 18,” Heins said.

Lady Bulldogs teammate Kelli Pemberton “made a great up and down on 18,” Heins said of the BHS junior who finished 161 (83-78). “Kelli made a lot of par putts, for sure.”

As for Soddy-Daisy’s late success, “Their No. 2 kid birdied No. 17 and No. 18, and their No. 1 kid got up and down, a hard up and down, on No. 18,” Heins said.

Looking back on the season, Heins said Bearden’s No. 2 finish “is higher than we thought at the beginning of the year.

“But you always think, ‘what could have been,’” Heins added.

Heins reflected about Knight going back to the very beginning of her BHS career.

“She showed up on first day of practice as a freshman talking about following in Mallory Bishop’s footsteps wanting to win state,” Heins said of the comparison to Bearden’s 2004 individual state champ. “[Knight] had a great career.”

As for Pemberton, Heins said, “She’s probably the most improved player I’ve had at Bearden from her freshman to her junior year. That just goes to show you how hard she’s worked on her game.”


Farragut sophomore Teleri Hughes finished fourth (74-75-149) while Lady Admirals teammate Chelsea Passmore, a senior, fired a 160 (81-79).

“Teleri, she played really solid all week,” FHS head coach Jonathan Cox said. “Hit her drives in the fairway almost every hole. She probably would have come in second [place] alone, but she struggled with some short putts coming down the stretch.

“Teleri’s an especially good player to be 15 years old, a sophomore,” Cox added. “

Really focused, really mature.”

About Passmore, Cox said, “Chelsea finished her career strong. I think she had a top-20 finish.”

Had FHS been eligible for team scoring, Hughes and Passmore’s combined scores “would have come in third,” Cox said.

“Our girls program came a long way this year,” he added. “The future looks good with Teleri. And Chelsea’s probably played herself into a scholarship somewhere.”


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