Coach: Mr. Justin Penley
Golf team updates from the A/AA Region and State tournaments
Region tournament was at Link Hills Golf course on September 15th. Haley Bradshaw qualified for region as an individual and shot a 101. The Boys Team also qualified and they came in 3rd place as a team. Nick Sewell won the region tournament after tying with Tanner Hall from Sullivan South for first place with 72's. They had an exciting 2-hole play-off and Nick won! This qualified him to go to the State Tournament!
The State tournament was held at Willowbrook Golf Course in Manchester, TN where Nick played the 2-day tournament on September 23rd and 24th. He shot a 72 on day 1 and a 77 on day 2 which put him tied for 8th place overall out of 72 players from across the state.
September 15th, 2014 10:49 pm by Trey Williams
GREENEVILLE — If Tanner Hall was going to lose a regional golf title on the second hole of a playoff after burning the edge on a couple of putts while his opponent got up and down from the sand to extend sudden death – well, it might as well have been to Nick Sewell.
University High's Sewell won the Region A/AA tournament Monday at Link Hills by finishing a 30-foot two-putt with a tap-in par. It was a storybook moment of sorts for Sewell, who played through eighth grade with Hall and his Sullivan South teammates at Colonial Heights.
"I played in middle school with those guys," Sewell said. "We've been pretty good friends since probably about sixth grade. Tanner's a great guy. He's a class act and I wouldn't have wanted to go into a playoff with anyone else."
Sewell shot 72 to punch his ticket to the state tournament, which begins next Tuesday at WillowBrook in Manchester. Hall and his Sullivan South teammates also qualified for the state tournament, as they won the team title by nine shots (298-307) over L&N Academy of Knoxville.
L&N Academy's Nick Bernard (76) and Chris Kleinshmidt (77) advanced to the state with Sewell, as did Chuckey-Doak's Ananias Bonin (75).
Sullivan South's Taylor White shot a 76 to win the girls' title. Other girls qualifying for the state tournament were Grainger's Kristen Ankrom (78), Elizabethton's Jamie Hinkle (81) and Northview Academy's Heidi Lawson (86).
Greeneville's girls won the team title to advance, defeating South on the first hole of a playoff.
It looked like Sewell might lose on the first hole of his playoff with Hall. Sewell's approach found a sand trap beyond the green and Hall's stopped some 10 feet from the cup. But Sewell made a relatively difficult shot look routine.
"I've been working on my wedges, just making sure I keep my head down through the swing so I don't skull it or whatever," Sewell said. "I made sure I did that and hit it out like I wanted – to about six feet, I guess."
Sewell made the putt after Hall missed by a fraction of an inch, forcing another hole.
"That was a great up-and-down," Hall said. "He had about a five-footer and he made that and I missed my – about a 10-foot birdie putt. I couldn't really get the putter rolling today, but I still played pretty well. My par putt on two in the playoff lipped out. ...
"I didn't mind losing to Nick. I wouldn't want it to be anyone else, really. Nick played great and he got it."
Sewell birdied Nos. 8 and 14.
"I hit No. 8 in two – hit a really good hybrid to knock it on and two-putted for birdie," Sewell said. "And I lipped out an ace on No. 14 for birdie. I'd say those are two pretty defining moments. ...
"It's a great feeling. I'm really excited. I've put out a lot of really hard work since, probably, the sixth grade to get here."
All of the middle school discussion reminded Hall of what a positive influence Colonial Heights coach Bob York had on Sewell and the South golfers. And it seems like South will essentially have an extra teammate at the state in Sewell.
The Lady Rebels' White edged Ankrom by two strokes for the title, though she said they were "neck and neck" down the stretch.
"Normally I get really nervous, and I was actually really calm," said White, who smiled at mention of regional champ and state qualifier. "I'm overjoyed about that. I'm disappointed that my team didn't get to go, because we both worked really hard all year. But I'm really happy that I get to go as an individual. ...
"I really struggled with my approach shots and putting today, but my long game was really good. So that's what kind of held me together."
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Congratulations to University School Golf team, who came in second as a team with a score of 324, and Nick Sewell came in second overall individually with a score of 72. Nick, a senior here at UH was named Co-MVP for District 1 A/AA Golf and qualified to play in the Regional Tournament next Monday, September 15th, at Links Hills in Greeneville. Haley Bradshaw, also a senior at UH, qualified for the Regional as an individual with a score of 94. So proud of our Swinging Bucs!!!
September 8th, 2014 10:54 pm by Joe Avento
ELIZABETHTON — It was all Sullivan South at the District 1-A/AA golf tournament Monday at Elizabethton Golf Course.
The South boys, spurred by individual champion Seth Crawford's 71, captured the title by 23 strokes over runner-up University High. Meanwhile, South's girls won by 25 over Elizabethton as Taylor White took medalist honors with a 69.
With South dominating as expected — three Rebels finish in the top six — everybody else was playing for second place. The University High boys captured second, thanks to Nick Sewell's runner-up finish. Sewell shot 72 to finish one stroke behind Crawford.
South finished at 301. University High (324) edged Johnson County (325) for second. The top three teams all qualified for the Region 1-A/AA tournament, next Monday at Links Hills Country Club in Greeneville.
"That's our goal coming in, to keep our season alive," UH coach Justin Penley said. "We knew coming in that South was the team to beat for first. We're just fortunate they take more than one team to regionals and we get to play another week."
Sewell began on the back nine and made the turn at one under par, but ran into trouble to start the front. He made a double-bogey at No. 1 followed by a bogey on the next hole. He righted the ship and played the final seven holes in two under par, with birdies at the fifth and eighth holes.
"He's been playing well all season for us," Penley said. "He's a really good player. He works hard at it. He deserves the success he has."
The individual competition wouldn't have been so close if Crawford hadn't bogeyed the final two holes. Still, the South sophomore was happy to be the district champion.
"It feels good," Crawford said. "I wish I would have finished a little better, but everybody can always find a few extra strokes they could have saved. Other than that, I'm pretty proud of the way I played."
South's Seth Worley shot 73 to finish third, while his teammate Tanner Hall tied with Johnson County's Brandon Vannoy for fourth at 78.
Sullivan East's team didn't qualify for the regional, but three of the Patriots' players made it as individuals. John Luster (81), Ethan Mays (83) and Austin Sadler (84) will all be playing at Link Hills on Monday.
They will be joined by Unicoi County's Dalton Spears (84) and Elizabethton's Christopher Schaff (85). The top five finishers not on qualifying teams earned spots in the regional.
The South girls, the defending Class A/AA state champions, were even more dominant. White's 69 and Kaitlyn Grills' 78 were the top two scores in the entire field.
With the women's tees on the par-four ninth and 18th holes playing short, White was able to hit 5-irons onto both greens on her tee shots.
"I've been really working on my iron game, so that's been a lot stronger lately," White said. "Knowing this course is pretty easy to shoot under par on, it gave me a big heads-up on everything."
South finished with a two-player total of 147. Elizabethton, led by Madison Campbell's 83, finished at 172. Sullivan East, with Holly Hamilton's 83 leading the way, shot 178 and claimed the final regional berth.
Qualifying for the regional as individuals were Unicoi County's Heavenly Shelton (91), Hampton's Hannah Brummitt (91) and Savana Weddle (96), Happy Valley's Kalee Johnson (94) and University High's Hayley Bradshaw (94).
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