Local foursome notch TGA Jr. wins
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CHATTANOOGA — The Tennessee Golf Association’s Junior Tour made a stop at Brown Acres Golf Club Thursday with four local linksters bringing home top honors.

Cleveland High golfers Tucker Jones and Heidi Barringer, along with Walker Valley’s Dylan Lillard and Danielle Bates from Polk County High School’s team, earned first place finishes in their respective age brackets.

Jones and Lillard posted the low scores of the day with 3-over 75s on the 6,742-yard course, while Bates edged Barringer by a stroke for the girls’ low medalist honors with an 8-over 80 while playing a 5,465-yard distance.

Breaking free of a three-way tie with a 37 at the turn, Jones fired a 38 on the back nine to edge out Riceville’s Paul Houk by two strokes for the Boys 16-18 Masters crown. Austin Norman of McDonald also competed in the same division posting a 44-47 — 91 for seventh place.

Shooting a 38 on the front and 37 on the final nine holes, Lillard ran away with the Boys 13-15 Masters by seven strokes with Gavin Roberson of Ringgold, Ga., coming in second with an 82. Drew Linkous of Cleveland finished fourth in the same bracket with a 43-45 — 88.

In winning the Girls 15-under Masters, Bates fired 40 on both the front and back nine to claim a five-stroke win over 10-year-old Kyndall Shamblin, who moved up after several wins in the 12-18 Tour Division. Shamblin shot a 4-over 41 before the turn and finished with a 44 on the back for an 85 total.

Barringer took the Girls 16-18 Masters title, bouncing back from a 42 on first nine holes with a 39 down the stretch for her 9-over 81.

John Houk of Riceville won the Boys 13-under Masters with a 3-over 40 in the nine-hole competition.

Matthew Maynard and Caleb Craig finished fourth and sixth in the Boys 16-18 Tour Division with scores of 99 and 104 respectively.

Gracie Medley was seventh in the Girls 12-18 Tour with a nine-hole 61, while Torr Coulthard finished ninth in the Boys 10-13 Tour class with a 56.

Charleston’s Rheagan Hall has been in Ringgold, Ga., this week competing in the Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star Tournament. The 54-hole American Junior Golf Association event was held at the WindStone Golf Club.

A rising freshman, Hall posted a 254 tally, improving her scores each day with rounds of 87, 84 and 83 on the 5,699-yard layout.