Kyndall Shamblin has been outstanding on the TGA Junior Tour, winning a trio of 8-11 year-old Micro Division Bradley County events recently, but the Prospect Elementary rising fourth-grader had to play against older competition in the two-day PGA Junior event at the Creeks Bend Golf Club in Hixson.
After being tied for the 14-and-under division lead with a 9-over 45 (nine holes) Monday, Shamblin came back Tuesday with a 4-over 40 for a nine-stroke victory over her nearest competitor.
Cleveland’s Linda Mullins and Lisa Daubner, along with Polk County’s Lydia Triplett, wrapped up stroke play at the Women’s State Amateur Tuesday with match play set to begin this morning.
Mullins followed up her opening round 83 with an 82 Tuesday to earn the No. 5 seed in the First Flight match play brackets. The longtime local legend teed off this morning against Barbara Richards of Nashville.
Daubner slipped from an 81 on Monday to a 93 on her second 18, dropping her to the Second Flight, where she is the No. 3 seed. The local physician took to the Vanderbilt Legends Club South Course this morning with Angelina Chan from Franklin.
After an 82 had her tied for 28th place heading into Tuesday’s round, Triplett carded an 87 in the second round and missed the Championship Flight match-play bracket by just four strokes.
Lee University and NAIA All-Americans Courtney Shelton and Madison Alexander made the Final 32 and opened match play this morning as well.
Shelton, from Franklin, shot a 76-84 — 160 and earned the 18th seed. The Lady Flame senior was pitted against No 15 seed Abbie Gregory of Goodlettsville.
Alexander, from Johnson City, carded an 82-81 — 163 to claim the 26th seed and faced Knoxville’s Allie Knight, the No. 7 seed in this morning’s action. Second round Championship Flight play was set for this afternoon.
In TGA Junior Tour action Monday at the Brainerd Golf Course, Cleveland’s Drew Linkous captured the Boys 13-under Masters crown by a single stroke. Linkous a 3-over 39 (nine holes) to edge Riceville’s Cade Puryear and Charles Chambers, of Rossville, Ga., for the title.
Cleveland High golfer Carson Griffin earned a second place finish in the Boys 16-18 Masters with an 84, while teammates Cory Rollins and Tucker Jones finished second and third in the Boys 13-15 Masters. Rollins shot an 82, while Jones tied for third with Ooltewah’s Jack Wood as both shot 88.
Kelsey Cassada took third in the Girls 15-under Masters, while Gracie Medley earned a tie for seventh place in the Girls 12-18 Tour division.