Local trio open strong at Masters

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Posted 6/16/17

HARRISON — A trio of local high school standouts are right in the thick of things after the opening round of the Sneds Tour Masters two-day event at the Bear Trace Course at Harrison …

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Local trio open strong at Masters

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HARRISON — A trio of local high school standouts are right in the thick of things after the opening round of the Sneds Tour Masters two-day event at the Bear Trace Course at Harrison Bay.

Two-time all-stater Rheagan Hall and Parker Gray, who has qualified for the last two TSSAA State Championships, are in fourth place in their respective divisions, while Drew Linkous is tied for fifth. The Sneds Tour is operated in partnership with the Brandt and Mandy Snedeker Foundation, and Brandt is a former standout at Vanderbilt now playing on the PGA Tour.

Gray, who won a similar 36-hole event in Knoxville earlier this week, fired an opening 1-under-par 71 in the Boys 16-18 division, putting him three shots off the lead heading into today’s final 18 holes.

Hall posted a 2-over 74, tying her with Knoxville’s Lexanne Halama, and likewise is four strokes behind the opening day leader in the Girls 16-18 class.

Linkous is in a group of five that are knotted just two shots behind Gray with a 1-over 73. The Cleveland High senior-to-be was even with Jack Uselton and Jacob Uehlein, both of Tullahoma, plus Chattanooga’s Jake Levine and Joshua Floyd from Nolensville, heading into today’s finale.

Walker Valley’s Whitney Kincaid, who just missed going to the TSSAA State last October after falling to teammate Kelsey Cassada in a playoff, was tied for 14th after an opening round 86.

Gray, who won the Sneds Masters Tournament at the Cherokee Country Club Monday and Tuesday, made a late charge to claim the fourth spot Thursday. Sitting at 1-over after 16 holes, thanks to a bogey on No. 3, the Mustang senior birdied his final two holes giving him a 37-34 for his 71 tally.

He is just a shot behind Jake Allstun of Cohutta, Ga., while the Franklin duo of Jackson Elzinga and Coleman Jones blistered the Jack Nicklaus designed course for 4-under 68s yesterday.

Linkous, on the other hand, got off to a strong start with a pair of birdies in his first three holes, but a bogey on No. 7 gave him a 35 at the turn.

The Raider senior went back to 2-under with another bird on No. 11, but a bogey and double bogey on the next two holes brought him back over par. He strung together five straight pars to finish the round.

Hall also opened strong with a 2-under 34 of the front nine, with birdies on the fifth and ninth holes, but had some struggles down the stretch with back-to-back bogeys on the 14th and 15th to pull back even before a double-bogey on No. 17 gave her the 2-over final.

Savanah Satterfield of Chatsworth, Ga., led the girls with a 2-under 70, while Caroline Caudill came all the way from Clarksville and is just a stroke back with a 1-under 71.

Soddy-Daisy standout Jayla Sims was in third place before this morning’s tee off after an even par round Thursday.

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