Meigs County and McMinn Central both found success Monday in the District 4 Golf Tournament played on a soaked course at Ridgewood Golf Course.
The top three teams from the district tournament and the five lowest scorers not on the top three teams move on to the region tournament, which will be played next Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Tennessee National in Loudon.
After the district tournament results, both Central teams are going to the region tournament as well as the Meigs girls. Meigs’ Connor Mason will also be going to the region tournament.
All the golfers had to play in adverse conditions as Monday’s District 4 Tournament was played in a constant rain.
“I thought the rain changed the way we approached the golf course greatly,” Central Coach Daniel Curtis said. “I thought both our girls and boys struggled a bit, but I still feel pretty good about what we did today.”
The rain started early and continued all day long.
“I have never seen conditions like that, ever,” Meigs Coach Danny Wilson said.
The McMinn Central girls finished second in the tournament with a team total of 207. Greenback won the team title with a 172 followed by Meigs County in third, Tellico Plains fourth and Sweetwater fifth. The top three teams move on to region tournament play, meaning both the Central and Meigs girls kept their season alive.
Individually, Central’s Kerigan Klauber was the runaway medalist with a 78. She was the low scorer for girls or boys.
“To shoot a 78 in this rain shows you the quality golfer she is,” Curtis said. “She has a great chance to move on past the region to the state tournament and I think a top 10 finish in the state is a possibility.”
Other scores for Central included Abby Paul with a 129 and Sarah Houk with a 133. Meigs’ Carlee McLemore with a 106 was the fourth lowest girls’ score of the day. Macey Bunch shot a 115 and Tynsley Peadon fired a 129.
McLemore had never played high school golf before this year and now she is going to the region tournament.
“That shows how far she has come,” Wilson said. “She did a really nice job.”
For the boys, Loudon won the district tournament title with a team total of 365, Central was second with a 386 and Tellico was third with a 412.
“We (Central boys) were a few strokes here and there from being district champs, but I am pleased with their progress. They are all back next year, they like each other and I’m anxious to see how they progress,” Curtis noted.
Meigs was fourth with 428, followed by Sweetwater with a 431. Greenback did not post a team score as it had only one golfer.
Individually, Sweetwater’s Dalen Gibby shot an 82 to earn the medalist title while Loudon’s Issac Thompson was second and Logan Oody, also of Loudon, fired a 90. Sweetwater’s Will Cofer was fourth with a 91 and Central’s Alex Gaskins was fifth with a 93.
Mason shot a 95, which put him in the region tournament as many of the lower scores belonged to those who qualified as a team.
“They all played hard and Connor did a good job to reach the region,” Davis said of his boys.
The top team in the region tournament moves on to the state as well as the top three scorers not on the winning team.
Curtis said Kingston is probably the best team in the opposite district that Central and the Meigs girls will face in the region tournament, and Wilson agreed.
“They are the team to beat,” Wilson said.