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So proud of Mattie Janutolo and our UH Golf Team! The following article was printed in the Johnson City Press:
Playoff decides individual girls title in Region 1 golf
Tanner Cook • Updated Sep 18, 2017 at 9:15 PM
ELIZABETHTON — Carley Downhour of Cumberland Gap needed every single hole and then some to win the Region 1 Small Schools Golf Tournament at the Elizabethton Golf Course on Monday.
She and University High's Mattie Janutolo were tied at 78 after 18 holes and needed a playoff to determine the medallist. The playoff was played on holes 10, 17 and 18 until a winner was determined.
Downhour started with a birdie on no. 10, which Janutolo matched. Downhour then shot a par on no. 17, which Janutolo answered again with a par of her own.
Finally, Downhour made a birdie on No. 18 and Janutolo was unable to match her.
"I was super nervous and I couldn't believe [Janutolo] made the first birdie putt," said Downhour. "Waiting was what made me even more nervous."
North Greene won the girls title with a score of 168, led by an 82 from Katie Bolton — who had the fourth lowest score on the girls' side. Katelynn Rector was the other scorer from North Greene with a solid round of 86.
The top three girls were Downhour, Janutolo and Happy Valley's Hannah Younce (81). These ladies will be going to the state golf tournament next week in Manchester.
The boys individual medallist was Ananias Bonin from Chuckey-Doak with an outstanding score of even par at 72. Surprisingly enough, in last week's district championship on the same course — but in worse conditions from Hurricane Irma — Bonin shot four shots better than he did on Monday.
"Going into the state tournament, I know what to do this year," Bonin said. "I'm looking forward to it because I played it a few times over the summer and there's going to be some nice weather down there."
The boys team competition was won by the South Greene with a total score of 326, but it was not won with ease. It was a fight down to the wire, with University High scoring 328 for second place and Claiborne finishing third with 330.
The scorers for South Greene were led by Peyton Humphreys (76), Landon Brown (77), Hunter Hartman (85) and Isaac Hoese (88).
The individual state qualifiers on the boys' side were Bonin, Zane Potter of North Greene and Michael Clark of Claiborne.
Congratulations to our University School Golf Boys & Girls Teams District Champs, Mattie Janutolo back-to-back District Individual Championship, Daxx Carr low score on the Boys Team. Both teams advance to the Regional Tournament on Monday, September 18th! So proud of our Bucs!!!!!
The following article was printed in the Johnson City Press:
UH edges Hampton for district title
Jeff Birchfield • Updated Sep 11, 2017 at 9:25 PM
email@example.comELIZABETHTON — The University High and Hampton boys' golf teams split wins during the regular season. So, it was little surprise when the Bucs won Monday's District 1, Smaller Schools Championship at Elizabethton Golf Course by just a single stroke (353-354) over the Bulldogs.
With all eyes on the Bulldogs No. 4 player at the 18th green, it was literally a game of inches when his 15-foot putt rolled slightly to the right of the hole. The UH girls made it a sweep with a 178-201 win over Hampton's girls on a day when players faced a pestering rain and steady wind that picked up over the final holes.
"Obviously, I'm proud of our boys and girls for taking home district championships today," UH coach Justin Penley said. "To see how these kids have worked hard throughout the summer on their own time, working on their game, sometimes it comes down to just a stroke here or there. Hampton has a strong squad and it wasn't favorable weather conditions for either team. Fortunately, we were able to make one more shot at the end and come out on top."
Freshman Daxx Carr posted the Bucs' low score with an 87, followed by Charlie Vargo with an 88 and a pair of 89s from Sean Hsu and Colin Daniel. Vijay Ananthula finished with a 100, which did not count towards the team total.
Mitchell Tolley had the low round for Hampton with a 79 and No. 2 player Gavin Hardin added an 82. But, the Bulldogs came up just short with a 94 from Dru Owens and a 99 from Izaak Hill. Mibby Hughes posted a 103, which didn't count for the team score.
"That's the way the ball bounces," Hampton coach Wayne Ellis Jr. said. "They had one less putt than we did today. It was such a close match and one stroke could have gone either way. Mitchell Tolley and Gavin Hardin had great rounds where they shot 30s on the back nine. We were eight strokes down after nine (holes), and to come back and miss it by just one, that was a great effort."
Johnson County finished third at 428 as the top three teams and top-five individuals outside of those teams qualified for next Monday's Region 1 meet, also to be held at Elizabethton Golf Course.
Reise Stout led the Longhorns with an 89. Jaden Joiner and Gavin Reece each finished with 109, while Petie Pavusek had a 121 to round out the Johnson County scoring.
Ananius Bonin of Chuckey-Doak rolled to the boys' individual title with a 4-under 68. He shot even par on the front nine and then had a 32 on the back nine.
Other individuals who qualified for next week's region meet include: Luke Deakins of Happy Valley, Caleb Lister of Chuckey-Doak and Sullivan North's Jacob Cross and Justin Cross.
The UH girls were led by Mattie Janutolo, who repeated as individual medalist. She shot a 44 on the front nine and a 38 on the back in her winning round of 82. She said the match was won by embracing the challenge of greens which had just been aerified a week earlier. She finished eight strokes ahead of runner-up Hannah Younce of Happy Valley.
"I had my putter going on, especially on the back nine," she said. "I rolled in some medium to long putts. With the greens being aerified, they were tough. I like the greens smooth, but when they're like that, it's challenging and testing your abilities, and that makes it fun."
Her score combined with a 96 by Abby Benton gave the University High girls a 178-201 win over the Hampton duo of Tala Pierce and Kaysi Royston. Caroline Gamble also competed for the Lady Bucs with her 99 the fifth-best score among individuals.
Happy Valley's team of Younce, Bailey Hall and Hannah Hyder finished third as a team. Unaka's Madison Ensor, Sydney Markland and Corie Schuettler all qualified for the regionals as individuals.
HS Girls Golf Team finished first on Thursday, September 7th, over Unaka. Individual scores were: Mattie Janutolo 47, Caroline Gamble 52, and Abby Benton 46. High School Boys Team played against Sullivan North. Our boys won by default as the other team did not have enough players to score. Individual scores were Sean Hsu 48, Charlie Vargo 37, Colin Daniel 48, Daxx Carr 45, Matthew Carter 45, Vijay Ananthula 48, and Ben Vargo 46.
On Monday, September 11th, both boys and girls teams compete in the Regional Tournament. Go, Bucs!
Golf News for Wednesday, August 30th Match: HS Girls Golf Team finished first Wednesday, August 30th, over Happy Valley, Elizabethton HS and Sullivan Central! HS Boys Golf Team also played very well. Of 5 teams, our boys came in second behind Hampton HS, and beat Happy Valley HS, Sullivan Central and Elizabethton.
Individual scores were: Matthe Janutolo 38, Caroline Gamble 54, and Abby Benton 47. Sean Hsu 43, Charlie Vargo 40, Colin Daniel 41, Daxx Carr 47, Matthew Carter 47, Vijay Ananthula 46 and Ben Vargo 46.
Way to go, teams! So proud of our Swinging Bucs!
Way to go, Swinging Bucs!!!
Congratulations to our University School Golf teams, both boys and girls, for winning
over North Greene on August 17th.
Individual scores were: Mattie Janutolo 46, Caroline Gamble 55, and Abby Benton 50. For the guys, Sean Hsu 44, Charlie Vargo 46, Colin Daniel 42, Daxx Carr 43, Matthew Carter 48, Vijay Ananthula 52, and Ben Vargo 58.
Way to go, Bucs!!!
Individual scores were: Mattie Janutolo 43, Caroline Gamble 57, Abby Benton 47, Sean Hsu 39, Charlie Vargo 38, Colin Daniel 47, Daxx Carr 43, Matthew Carter 48, Vijay Ananthula 45, Ben Vargo 44, and Jack Ryan 51.
Great job team!