Add another victory to the growing legacy of the Lady Pioneer golfers.
The Warren County High School girls golf team won the Tullahoma Invitational Thursday, downing a field of over 10 teams that gathered to play at Lakewood Golf Course.
The Lady Pioneers got solid rounds from freshman Hannah Powell and junior Brittany Myers to post a winning team score of 155. Coffee County placed second at 160 and Brentwood Academy claimed third at 170.
Powell, playing in her third competition as a Lady Pioneer, posted a 76 on the 18-hole course to finish tied with Hollee Sadler for the best round of the day. Powell and Sadler, who played in the state tournament a season ago, participated in a playoff to determine the top individual performer. Sadler won the playoff on the third hole when she sank a birdie putt.
Despite falling in the playoff, Powell has been a welcome addition to a Lady Pioneer team hoping to win back-to-back District 6-AAA titles. Coach J.W. Holt believes his freshman can be a big help in accomplishing the team’s goal.
“It was a pretty good first week for Hannah,” said Holt. “She was one of the top players in Tullahoma and helped us win three matches and the invitational. She’s going to be a good one.”
Myers shot 79 to round out the Lady Pioneer team score, which was five strokes better than any other team in a field which included some of the top teams from Murfreesboro and Nashville. Sophomore Saylem Powell shot 81, though her score didn’t count to the team score.
Coach Holt believes his group of Lady Pioneers can compete with any team in the state.
“This girls team is exciting and fun to watch. We have high expectations this season,” said Holt. “They put a lot of pressure on the opponent when they’re on the course. Other teams notice when our girls team is in the field. We have a target on us after last season’s championship.”
Facing 20 other squads, the boys golf team placed fourth at the Tullahoma Invitational. The Pioneers finished with a four-player team score of 316, 14 strokes behind the winning group from Hendersonville. Brentwood finished second at 310 while Coffee County claimed third at 313.
Junior Nicholas Powell, Hannah’s older brother, led the Pioneers with a score of 75. Senior Clayton Myers was right behind at 77, followed by fellow senior Tucker Lynn at 81 and freshman Bracton Womack’s 83. Houston Wood shot 87 as the team’s fifth player Thursday.
Coach Holt was pleased with his team’s performance in the Tullahoma Invitational and believes the Pioneers can make a big splash in District 6-AAA.
“Our guys are always going to come in with two or three solid scores. How we finish will be dictated by what our No. 4 or No. 5 can give us,” said Holt. “I believe we can be right up there with Cookeville as the top teams in our district.”
The Pioneers hold a 2-1 record in district play after the first week of the season while the Lady Pioneers are a perfect 3-0.
The Warren County boys split a dual match with White County and Cookeville Wednesday after beating Rhea County Tuesday to open the season. The Lady Pioneers cruised through the three matches, beating Rhea County in Dayton and sweeping Tuesday’s dual match.
The WCHS golf teams will make their home debut Monday when the squads play host to Cumberland County at McMinnville Country Club. Action is set to start at 1 p.m.