It was a roller coaster final match for the Warren County Middle School boys golf team and it couldn’t even be finished in one day.
First, the Pioneers forged a tie to push the Central Tennessee Conference championship match into a playoff. Then, the Pioneers lost in a playoff against Avery Trace due to a penalty, or so it seemed.
After the match, the penalty was deemed to be inaccurate, meaning the strokes Warren County lost were unnecessary. The playoff needed to be replayed on a different date, but even with a second chance the Pioneers couldn’t come through with a championship.
Avery Trace won the first playoff hole when the teams returned to River Watch golf course last Friday, defeating Warren County by four strokes to claim the CTC championship.
The Pioneers were able to take home second place, though one Warren County golfer left the event with a first-place trophy.
Bracton Womack shot 75 when the tournament was originally played May 13, which was the best 18-hole round of 39 boys who played the event. Womack was recognized as the first medalist, completing a sterling season for the eighth-grader.
Gavin Harper was close behind as he shot 81 at the original event. Harper’s score was the fourth-best round at the CTC championship. Rounding out the Pioneer team score, which was 336, were rounds of 90 by Jaeden Pyburn and Bunker Brock. Nate Cantrell’s 96 didn’t qualify for the Warren County team score.
White County finished third in the boys event, shooting 367 as a team.
The Lady Pioneers finished in a tie for third at the event May 13. The Warren County girls finished with 117, as did Cumberland County.
White County won with a team score of 114 while Prescott South came in second at 115.
Mia Grace Cantrell was the top performer for the Lady Pioneers, shooting 58 at River Watch golf course’s first nine holes. Cantrell was honored as the fifth medalist at the event.
Cantrell narrowly edged out teammate Alli Mingle, who shot 59 to complete the Lady Pioneers’ team score. Megan Bodnar shot 68, but her score didn’t qualify.