Golf teams in the Midstate need to take notice once again. The Warren County High School girls golf team has picked up right where it left off last season.
The Lady Pioneers, who claimed the District 6-AAA championship and advanced to the state tournament last fall, found themselves near the top of the leaderboard once again Tuesday while playing in the Murfreesboro Invitational at Champions Run Golf Course.
Warren County finished second in a 12-team field, finishing seven strokes behind Coffee County but ahead of District 6-AAA foe Cookeville and several Murfreesboro teams.
Helping the Lady Pioneers finish near the top was sophomore Hannah Powell’s round of 68. The 4-under round was tied for the best at the event with Coffee County’s Sophie Vinson.
Both players went back to the course after 18 holes to take part in a playoff for the tournament’s top individual medal. Powell and Vinson continued their blistering play with birdies on the first playoff hole, but the Lady Pioneer sophomore prevailed shortly after.
Powell reached the green on the second playoff hole with a chance for another birdie. Staring down a 10-footer, the sophomore star’s pace was perfect and her aim was true. The ball fell right into the cup, giving Powell the honor of the top individual girl in the tournament.
Powell set a solid pace on her first nine holes, when she made the turn at 3-under. She’d drop another stroke on the back nine to allow her the chance to meet Vinson in the playoff.
Also contributing to the Lady Pioneer team score was junior Saylem Powell. Saylem shot 76, giving Warren County a total of 137.
Coffee County finished at 137 as Hollee Sadler shot 69. Brentwood placed third with at 157. Sadler, Seigel’s Melissa Kiker and Annie Paris from Brentwood all earned individual medals at the event.
The Lady Pioneers went into Tuesday’s tournament with momentum after picking up three district victories Monday in Sparta.
Warren County was the winner of a quad match that featured Cookeville, White County and Stone Memorial. The Lady Pioneers finished well ahead of the pack on the strength of three rounds posted under par.
Saylem Powell led the way at 33 during the nine-hole event. Saylem’s round was 3-under par at Sparta Country Club. Hannah Powell and Brittany Myers each came in at 34.
The Lady Pioneers were back at work Thursday with a road match against White County at Riverwatch Golf Course. Results were unavailable at press time.
Warren County will try to pick up a tournament victory Monday when it plays in the Early Bird Invitational played in Cookeville. Action is set to start at 9 a.m.