The Greeneville golfer missed only one fairway and one green his entire round. He made three birdies on the front nine.
“I got off to a good start on the front and that was needed because the back played a lot tougher,” said Wood, who finished with a 1-over 73 for a three-shot win. “The pins were very difficult, on the edge of the green, on a slope, and the greens were quick. The greens rolled out a lot on the chips and didn’t check, so you had to allow for that. It was key today to keep it in play.”
Seth Robinette birdied the first hole during a four-man playoff to finish as runner-up. The Blountville golfer who attends Sullivan Central shot a 4-over 76 to finish in a tie with Kingsport’s Zachery Fletcher and Taylor Kilgore and Johnson City’s Jacob Oakley after regulation.
“I was lucky that putt went it because if it hadn’t, it was going 6 feet by the hole,” Robinette said. “The greens were fast and the pins were in some challenging locations. It was good it went in.”
Pujan Shah of Johnson City was sixth at 5-over 77.
Noelia Adkins of Bristol shot a 4-over 76 to win by one stroke over twin sister Isabella Adkins in the 12-18 girls division.
Leading her sister by one heading to the 18th hole, Noelia recorded a birdie to win a back-and-forth battle between the Tennessee High juniors.
“She birdied the last hole, so I had to birdie the last hole,” Noelia said. “It was very exciting, probably the most pressure situation I’ve had going into the last hole.”
Madeline Simcox of Bristol finished third after a 79, followed by Johnson City’s Mattie Janutolo at 82.
Aidan Collier of Greeneville shot a 77 to win by two strokes in the 13-15 boys division.
Matthew Hogan won in a playoff over fellow Johnson City golfer William Sanders in the 10-13 boys division.
Jonesborough’s Paul Haire (10-11 boys), Kingsport’s Jayden Foster (8-9 boys) and Johnson City’s Chloe Bray (12-18 girls, nine holes) also emerged as champions.
Tri-Cities PGA Junior Amateur Championship
Monday, July 29
At The Virginian Golf Club, Bristol, Va.
(x-finished second in a playoff)
Zachary Wood, Greeneville 73
x-Seth Robinette, Blountville 76
Taylor Kilgore, Kingsport 76
Caleb Oakley, Johnson City 76
Zachery Fletcher, Kingsport 76
Pujan Shah, Johnson City 77
Peyton Humphries, Greeneville 78
Carter Beach, Greeneville 80
Carter Counts, Johnson City 82
William Karst, Kingsport 83
Luke Wallen, Hiltons 87
Nicholas Brock, Gray 87
Hendrix Price, Johnson City 87
Aidan Collier, Greeneville 77
John Cheek, Johnson City 79
Aiden Hyder, Gray 79
Dougie Fezell, Greeneville 79
Rickey Compton, Greeneville 81
Caleb Brummitt, Abingdon 81
Alexander Broyles, Greeneville 83
Arnav Jain, Johnson City 86
Caleb Royston, Blountville 89
Arshaam Kordamiri, Johnson City 90
Matthew Hogan, Johnson City 36
William Sanders, Johnson City 36
Conner Brummitt, Abingdon 37
Grant McCall, Richlands 38
Will Wells, Jonesborough 39
Jalen Welch, Johnson City 40
James Gayle, Bristol, Va. 45
Briar Davis, Church Hill 45
Tucker McLain, Church Hill 45
Paul Haire, Jonesborough 44
Hunter Crist, Bristol, Va. 45
Cole Shankle, Gray 59
Jayden Foster, Kingsport 37
Nathan Howlett, Greeneville 50
Bryson Hardin, Roan Mountain 51
Girls 12-18 (18 holes)
Noelia Adkins, Bristol 76
Isabella Adkins, Bristol 77
Madeline Simcox, Bristol 79
Mattie Janutolo, Johnson City 82
Olivia Baker, Jonesville 92
Lily Self, Bristol DNF
Girls 12-18 (9 holes)
Chloe Bray, Johnson City 42
Rachel Smith, Johnson City 47
Elsie Lunsford, Jonesborough 51
Haddie Lunsford, Jonesborough 59
Josie Herndon, Kingsport 65
Tessa Herndon, Kingsport 67