Saylem Powell has experienced quite a summer. Coming off a Central Tennessee Conference golf championship at Warren County Middle School in the spring, Powell set out to test her game in the junior division of the Toyota TGA tour.
Powell proved to be a rookie sensation on the Toyota TGA tour, which has players from all over Tennessee playing in groups fitted to their skill and age. Powell was dominant in the 11-14 girls division.
After four wins and three second-place finishes, Powell got her breakthrough performance at the Tour Championship at Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill, Tenn.
Powell shot 89 over two days of golf on July 18-19 to win the event by five strokes over Anne Blackburn.
Powell saved her best play for the second day. After turning in a 46 through nine holes last Monday, Powell lowered her score by three strokes on the final day.
The stellar play on the second nine gave Powell plenty of distance between her and Blackburn, who came into the final day trailing by three strokes.
The Tour Championship proved to be Powell’s biggest win of the summer. She had previously won tournaments in Rockvale at Champions Run, in Cookeville at White Plains, in Lebanon at Hunter’s Pointe and in Shelbyville at Riverbend.
Powell also had second-place finishes at Cookeville Golf Course, Bear Trace in Winchester and Champions Run in her final tune-up event July 14 before the Tour Championship.
Powell will continue to improve her game as she aims for another CTC championship next season as an eighth grader.
Powell teamed with Brittany Myers last season to win the CTC championship held at McMinnville Country Club and Powell turned in the top score of any player competing as a seventh grader.