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BHS girls state golf runner-up, FHS boys third
Admirals collapse late, lose lead

Farragut actually didn’t wilt under pressure, according to the head coach, despite failing in its bid to win a third consecutive Class AAA Boys Golf state title.

A horrible four-hole stretch on the back nine — during final round state play at WillowBrook Golf Club, Manchester, Wednesday, Oct. 13 — dashed the Admirals’ threepeat hopes.

“We played [No.] 13 though 16 14-over par,” FHS head coach Jonathan Cox said about the collapse, losing a one-stroke lead versus eventual state champ Hendersonville (592) with six to play and finishing 13 strokes behind in third place (605).

“It was a pretty harsh loss, to be honest.

”Watching my team play, I don’t think it was nerves as much as it was a couple of bad decisions and a couple of really bad breaks,” Cox added. “I thought we handled the pressure well. I thought the pressure was being down two and having to catch them.”

Sophomore Stuart Thomas finished tied for 10th individually — joining Hardin Valley Academy’s Wes Gosselin — and was Ads’ low golfer (71-74-145).

“Played really solid the first day,” Cox said of Thomas. “Second day, putted really well but had three double bogeys back-to-back-to-back [No. 13, 14, 15].

“But turned around and made eagle on the next hole, so I was proud of him,” Cox added.

Taylor Diegel, FHS senior and team No. 1 player much of the season, was having a solid tourney until No. 16 Wednesday. A bad break off an otherwise accurate drive onto the fairway led to a disastrous 11 on a par 5.

“Diegel got two of the worst breaks I’ve seen in golf in a long time: two of his balls landed in the fairway and both of them ended up out of bounds,” Cox said.

Ironically, Farragut’s combined team score on those same four holes during opening round play Tuesday, Oct. 12, was even par.

“Mitchell Thomas played awesome, he shot 71 the first day,” Cox said about his junior who finished, with an 80 Wednesday, at 151. Mitchell played solid for me.”


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