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CAK’s Schubert rolls to 17-stroke ‘Masters’ win; Kory No. 2 in boys


Sophia Schubert rolled to a 17-stroke PrepXtra Masters golf victory Tuesday at Oak Ridge Country Club — yet there’s still polish needed with her game.

It’s the putter, she said.

“I want to get my putts down to about 30, my average is 35, 36, which is not good,” said Schubert, defending Class A/AA state champion despite being just a rising sophomore, after shooting 137 — 71 at ORCC Aug. 2 (a 33 on the final nine holes) to go with her opening round 66 at Willow Creek Golf Club Monday, Aug. 1.

“Yesterday it wasn’t my best, but it was better than today.”

Overall at ORCC, “I had a double [bogey] on my first nine [No. 11], and that really messed me up,” Schubert said. “I came back on the back nine and shot three-under; I was hitting most of the fairways and greens. I just didn’t make as many putts. today as I did yesterday.


“But overall it was pretty good.”

On the boys side, CAK rising senior Kory Webb played bogeyless golf Tuesday at ORCC, firing a 67 and finishing runner-up (74-67-141) to Andrew Hall of Halls (66-71-137).

Rob Talbott, Webb School of Knoxville rising senior, finished third (72-76-148). (More on the boys later in this story)

Often the favorite to win any tournament she enters locally, Schubert, 15, said, “Oh my gosh, it’s so much pressure sometimes.

“But I take it as a compliment, also,” she added.

Coming off competing in the U.S. Girls Junior tournament, “I came in seventh in stroke play, and then I lost in first round of match play,” she said.

Such national tournaments “make me better, and humble me,” Schubert added.

As for Webb’s No. 2 finish, “I played pretty solid,” he said. “I didn’t birdie [No.] 7 today, which is pretty much the only thing I’m disappointed about.”

As for Webb’s opening round 74 at Willow Creek, “I was three-over on the last three [holes], so that kinda sums it up right there,” he said. “Scrambled all day and lost on the last three.”

Talbott rated his overall play as “mediocre, not great, not bad.

“Yesterday I played really well on the back [nine]. ... I didn’t hit it well, but I scrapped out a 37.”

At Oak Ridge Tuesday, “I couldn’t may any putts,” Talbott said.

David Meece of Farragut struggled a bit at ORCC (79), after an opening-round 73 at Willow Creek.

Other Admiral boys included Mark Dalton (80-74-154), Chris Hutson (77-77-154), Connor McKay (78-82-160) and Tyler Stridde (82-86-168).

Among the Admirals missing from this tournament were the Thomas’ — senior Mitchell Thomas and junior Stuart Thomas, Farragut’s top players.

Webb’s other finishers included Thomas Keaton (77-76-153), Patrick Winchester (81-78-159), Will Carter (78-82-160) and Blake Bodie (85-82-167).

CAK’s other finishers included Taylor Payne (85-77-162), Greg Gilbert (87-81-168) and Adam Cronan (83-88-171).

Among other westside girls, rising senior Kelli Pemberton of Bearden finished third (80-81-161). Farragut rising freshman Elizabeth Keeling shot 80-86-166 and took seventh.

Halls’ boys won the team title (599). Webb was No. 2 (618) and FHS third (620).

 

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