Coach: Mr. Justin Penley
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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