Lady Panthers senior Carly Downhour captured her third straight Region 1 crown with a 3-over-par 72 that powered her team to its second straight Region 1 title. Teammate Cayden Walked posted a 95.
The Lady Panthers posted a winning score of 170, beating runner-up Claiborne by 36 shots.
Downhour, who has committed to play next year at Tusculum, used an even-par front nine to set the tone for her round.
“I played the front nine really well,” she said. “On the back, when it started to rain, I struggled a little. The key for me today was keeping the ball in play and trying to hit it close on the greens.”
Cumberland Gap coach David Walker had nothing but praise for Downhour and his team.
“She is a gem,” Walker said. “She did her job and that’s what gave us the cushion to win the team title.”
Freshman Aidan Collier kicked his high school career into high gear by shooting a 3-under 69 and helping North Greene’s boys build a winning 321 total. University High (341) finished second.
Collier made the turn at even par then turned on the jets over the final nine holes.
“I was up and down on the first nine,” he said. “But then everything turned around on the back and I started hitting it better and making some putts.”
Collier birdied Nos. 10, 12 and 18 on the inward nine and edged runner-up Hunter Harman of South Greene by one shot.
Rickey Compton and Jeshua Crawford each had a 77 for
North Greene, which went home with both the team trophy and a berth in next week’s TSSAA tournament in Manchester.
“We shaved between 30 and 40 shots off our score in the district tournament,” said Huskies coach Jason Lowe. “We worked hard all week trying to get each guy to improve on his weakest shots and today that all paid off.”
Joining Harman (70) as individual state qualifiers were Cumberland Gap’s Peyton Wilder (73) and Hampton’s Izaak Hill (79).
Individual girls who qualified for state were South Greene’s Chloe Kinser (93), Claiborne County’s Lucy Shockley (98) and West Greene’s Mackenzie Evans (103). Evans earned her state berth after a playoff for the final spot against Chuckey-Doak’s Madison Painter (103).
TSSAA Region 1 Small School Golf Championships
At Elizabethton Golf Course
Monday, Sept. 30
(Q-qualified for state as a team; I-qualified for state as an individual; x-score not counted in team total)
Medalist: Aidan Collier, North Greene 69
NORTH GREENE (321) — Aidan Collier 69, Rickey Compton 77, Jeshua Crawford 77, Evan Starnes 989, xCarson Whaley 98
UNIVERSITY HIGH (341) — Lucas Lowe 81, Matthew Carter 85, Daxx Carr 85, Garrett Gentry 90, xAyden Connell 90
HAMPTON (344) — I-Izaak Hill 79, Mitchell Tolley 82, Josh Owens 89, Avery Hill 94, xRyan Tolley 102
SOUTH GREENE (368) — Hunter Harman 70, Daniel Worley 89, Isaac Hoese 91, Alec Jones 118, xJames Roberts 123
CUMBERLAND COUNTY (379) — I-Peyton Wilder 73, Paxton Cole 90, Dillon Collins 103, Noah Robertson 113, xAiden Shankelton 127
JOHNSON COUNTY (454) — Peter Pavusek 102, Dakota Holt 114, Jackson Mays 118, Graham Reece 120, xPayton Pavusek 126
Jordan Pruitt, Chuckey-Doak 92, Jacob Cross, Sullivan North 108,, Alvie Poore, Claiborne Co. 109, Tilynn Willett, West Greene 124, Ethan Smith, Chuckey-Doak 125, Jonathan Lamb, West Greene 129
Medalist: Carly Downhour 75
Q-CUMBERLAND GAP (170) — Carly Downhour 75, Cayden Walker 95, xKennedy Warwick 132
CLAIBORNE (206) — I-Lucy Shockley 98, Ella Compton 108, xHaley Holt DQ
CHUCKEY-DOAK (219) — Madison Painter 103, Karius Tallman 116
SOUTH GREENE (228) — I-Chloe Kinser 93, Rachel Aiken 135
UNAKA (244) — Sadie Shoun 111, Zoie Grindstaff 133, xMacy Ensor 137
HAMPTON (N/A) — Ashley Woodby 136, Jayln Hill WD
I-Mackenzie Evans, West Greene 103 (won position in a playoff), Quinn Scheller, University High 141