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Getting in the swing
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Photos courtesy of universities Brynn Craven is set to start her junior year at Trevecca. She is one of two former Lady Pioneers on the squad, joined by Valeria Vargas.

It’s tee time in Tennessee.

Several former Warren County golfers will be chasing college championships this spring. As many as seven former Pioneers and Lady Pioneers are currently representing their universities.

Brittany Myers is wrapping up her career at Freed Hardeman this spring, as are Nick Powell and Chandler Cassel at Sewanee and Bryan College, respectively. At Trevecca, junior Brynn Craven will be joined by her former Lady Pioneer teammate Valeria Vargas. Saylem Powell is also looking for wins for Tennessee Wesleyan.

Myers is part of an experienced Lady Lion squad looking for a bid into the national tournament in Oklahoma City. Myers, currently ranked No. 1 in the American Midwest Conference, will be vital in the chase for a championship.

“This year, Brittany is playing the No. 1 position,” said coach Chris Hodges. “She has been a pleasure to be around the past four years. We’re definitely going to miss her.”

David Head, director of golf at Trevecca, has the pleasure of working with two former Lady Pioneers. He believes both are improving at a great rate.

“Brynn is doing well. Her game is improving,” said Head. “Valeria is also doing well. She’s learning what college is all about. She’s maturing and working hard.”

Craven was excited about teaming up with Vargas, who was a state qualifier for Warren County in 2017.

“Me and Valeria are having a good time,” said Craven. “It’s best on road trips because we will share stories from our high school days. We have both grown and changed a lot since the last time we played together so it’s been cool to see that.”

With Craven driving the welcome wagon, Vargas has grown to love her new squad.

“The girls make me feel like I’m just at home. I love how connected we are as a team,” said Vargas. “I love playing golf for Trevecca.”

Saylem Powell, a three-time state qualifier, has already moved into a coveted spot at Tennessee Wesleyan.

“Saylem is doing very well. She is playing No. 2 for us this year,” said TWC coach Stan Harrison. “She’s proven to be a perfect fit.”

Last week, Bracton Womack became the first Tennessee Tech individual medalist since 2007. The sophomore was named the OVC golfer of the week after pacing a 65-player field in the Grover Page Class with a 2-under, 214.

Pick a golf course in the state this spring and it’s likely a former Pioneer will be taking their swings.