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Season ends for Pioneer golfers
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File photo Sawyer Seymour was one of many Pioneers who played their final round of golf for Warren County High School Monday in the Region 4AA tourney.

It was the end of the road for the WCHS boys golf team Monday. The Pioneers played their hearts out at Golden Eagle Golf Club, but finished fourth in the Region 4AA tournament to end their season.

Sawyer Seymour fired 82 and Chase Newby shot 84 to pace the Pioneers, who finished with a team score of 344. It was well behind Cookeville’s winning score of 289, which advanced the Cavaliers to the state tournament next week as a team.

Individual spots were also up for grabs at the tourney, but it took getting into the red in Cookeville to qualify. Cumberland County’s Jaxon Reed and Macon County’s Maddox Crowder each finished with a 1-under, 69 to take the individual spots.

Coach JW Holt had been pushing his team all year, knowing it had the potential to make a deep run in the postseason. Leaving Cookeville Monday, coach Holt looked back on the season with a great sense of accomplishment.

“The boys finished fourth as a team and it was a big step for us to make it to region as a group,” said Holt. “I know they were disappointed because it wasn’t their best team score – it was about 10-12 strokes from our team average. They did a lot of good things this year though.”

Warren County’s team score was rounded out by Jax King and Isaac Cantrell each shooting 89. Alec Johnson’s 95 was omitted from the four-player team score.

Cookeville was paced by Joseph Agee, who claimed the top individual honors Monday with a 4-under, 66. The Cavaliers, playing on their home course, had four other players finishing in the 70s as they won as a team by 14 strokes.

Greenbrier was next at 303, while Macon County had a team score of 309.

Monday was a special day for the Pioneer golfers, all of which came into the season determined to make it to the region tournament as a team. It was a bittersweet moment for all the players to see their seasons end, but there was also a great sense of pride from the Pioneers to know how hard they had to work over four years to get to this point at the end of their careers.

“I think we had a great season. The improvement we had was cool to see first-hand,” said Seymour. “It’s cool to see how far we came since trying out randomly one day in eighth grade and shooting in the 100s all the time our freshman year.”

Newby added, “It was a really solid season. We’ve come a long ways from our freshman year.”

The WCHS golf team will be represented at next week’s state tournament as junior Lady Pioneer Lauren Slatton qualified for the third time in her career. The Class AA state tournament is set to be played Oct. 6-7 at Sevierville Golf Course.