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FHS frosh pull region golf upsets

A costly club choice followed by a tick bite, just moments before Kayland Boling was lining up the biggest putt of her young high school career on No. 18, didn't adversely affect the Farragut freshman's concentration.

Lady Ads freshman Elizabeth Keeling overcame a triple bogey on No. 12 with consecutive chip-in birdies at No. 15 and 16.

The extremely young FHS pair tamed the nine-hole “White course” and nine-hole “Red course” at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Blount County well enough to win Region 2-AAA team honors by one shot against rival Bearden (151-152) Thursday, Sept. 22.

While the pair earns a trip to next week's Class AAA State Tournament at WillowBrook in Manchester (Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 4-5), Boling sank a five-foot par putt on 18 to finish even par (72) for a one stroke individual region victory versus BHS senior star Kelli Pemberton (73).

Lining up her winning putt, “I got a tick stuck to my finger and it wouldn't come off,” Boling said.

Boling, 15, made a near fatal mistake on 18 by mis-hitting her third shot. Her chip from a small hill near the green, about 70 feet from the hole, went only about 15 feet. “I pulled the wrong club; I pulled sand wedge and I should have pulled gap wedge,” Boling said. “I just made a mistake, but I fixed it.”

With her consecutive chip-in birdies on the back nine, Keeling broke 80 for the first time ever (79) with five birdies. “I had never chipped a birdie in before … I was scrambling all day, but I stayed with it,” Keeling said.

BHS head coach John Heins said Pemberton and freshman Bailey Edwards (79) “played their hearts out. I'm not disappointed.”

While Pemberton earns a state berth, Hardin Valley Academy junior Abby Dukes (79) and Knoxville Catholic sophomore Alexa Pavon (80) fell short.


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