The Chatata Valley Golf Club was abuzz Thursday as the Tennessee Golf Association Junior Tour made a stop at the local 18-hole course on Benton Pike.
“We’ve got a good turnout,” commented Chatata Valley general manager Joe Starr. “We were expecting around 60 and I think we ended up with around 57 or 58.”
While the majority of the field was made up of players from the Southeast Tennessee area, one player came all the way from White House, just above Nashville, while a few made the trip down from the Knoxville area. Five players crossed the border from North Georgia to participate.
The TGA summer tour will gather at the Cleveland Country Club for a similar event on Monday.
Gracie Medley of Cleveland had the top finish among local golfers in the event, winning a playoff to capture top honors in the Girls 12-18 Tour nine-hole division.
Medley and Julia Forrest of Madisonville both carded 47s on the Chatata Valley front nine before having to go to the sudden-death situation to determine a victor.
Hannah Willerson of Chickamauga, Ga., just missed the playoff after shooting a 48 in regulation play. Kiana and Mattea Hooper of Georgetown finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the division.
Cleveland’s Matthew Marino took home fourth place honors in the Boys 10-13 Tour division with a 7-over-par 43 on nine holes, putting him just two strokes behind Kevin Rothwell of Pikeville and Chattanooga’s Matt Ott, who tied for first. Rothwell won the playoff to capture the top spot. Torr Coulthard of Cleveland took seventh in the same bracket, with a 49.
The low scores of the day came from Beck Lewis and Peyton Ogle, both of Signal Mountain, who shot 1-over 37s in the Boys 10-11 Micro competition. Lewis won the sudden death playoff for the top spot. Cleveland’s Luke Neighbors finished fifth in the same bracket.
Matthew Rothwell of Pikeville claimed first place in the Boys 8-9 Micro with a 2-over 38, placing him four strokes ahead of Ethan Whitaker of Powell.
In the 18-hole races, Knoxville’s Mitchell Deeson was the low-medalist with a 7-over 79 to win the Boys 13-15 Tour class by five strokes over Jackson Lytle of Evensville.
Brady Tull of Dalton, Ga., claimed a two-stroke victory over Knoxville’s Davis Malone and Clay Varner of Spring City in the Boys 16-18 Tour race. Tull fired an 82, while Malone and Varner both carded 84s. Bradley Central golfer Matthew Maynard finished tied for sixth with Drew Gunter of Spring City in the bracket.
Ali Barker of Hixson was tops among the Girls 12-18 Tour division full round play with an 87, placing her three strokes up on Carly Swabe from Madisonville.