OAK RIDGE — Re-introducing TSSAA high school sports to the Farragut area — for the first time since March 12 — 5 Star Preps Masters 2020 at Oak Ridge Country Club featured 12 girls and 12 boys teams to begin the week.
Due to an inadvertent infraction — “a mix-up on some tee boxes” according to Farragut High School head coach Jon Higgins — a resulting 6-stroke penalty during opening-round play Monday, July 27, left Higgins’ Lady Admirals (+35) finishing the 36-hole, two-day tourney third instead of tied for first.
Medalist Kennedy Noe (+ 9), a senior, led team champ Knoxville Catholic (+29).
Noe edged out Madilyn Newman (+9), a Hardin Valley Academy senior.
Christian Academy of Knoxville finished a close second (+30) as a team, led by sophomore Kate Faulkner, who captured third individually (+11).
Bearden claimed fourth as a team (+46).
On the boys’ side, CAK finished as champs (+38), with Farragut 10 strokes behind (+48).
Although Halls is listed as second on the Champions Junior Tour Golf website (+40), “We finished second,” Higgins said about his Admirals.
(More details on the FHS boys later in this story)
Lady Ads in detail
Gabrielle Starling, an FHS junior, took fourth place (+12), while teammate Vivian Wang, also a junior, finished sixth (+19).
“Gabby Starling played extremely well,” Higgins said. “She had two rounds of 78, which was really, really impressive. … She came on strong at the end of last year, and I’m glad to see it continue in the early parts of this year.
“I thought Vivian played well (Monday),” the coach added about his other junior. “She had moments today (Tuesday).”
Though saying Lindsay Ott, Lady Ads senior, struggled on the front nine holes both days, “I thought she played exceptionally well on the back nine both days,” Higgins said. “… I thought it was a good sign for her to stick with it and battle through.”
FHS boys in detail
Younger Admirals played especially well according to Higgins.
“Brady Harville, who’s a freshman, he played extremely well both days. He had rounds of 76,” Higgins said about his 14th-place finish (+8).
“Owen Queener, another freshman, played exceptionally well (Tuesday), he shot a 75,” finishing 17th (+11).
“Sebastian Costales, a sophomore, shot 78 (Tuesday), I thought he played pretty well,” the coach added about Costales’ 23-place finish (+16).
“I thought A.J. Rinehart played well (Monday)” with a round of 74 before slipping Tuesday and finishing 22nd (+16).
Webb School of Knoxville took fourth place as a team (+58).