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Slatton wins district
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Lady Pioneer star golfer Lauren Slatton won her third straight district tournament Monday, shooting a 5-under, 65 in Cookeville.

All Lauren Slatton does is win district tournaments. She’s now 3-for-3 after another sensational round Monday.

Slatton claimed the low medal at Golden Eagle golf course, shooting an incredible 5-under, 65 to pace the field in the District 7AA field. For the first time, the junior will get to go to region with a teammate as well.

Slatton’s 65, paired with Ella Matheny’s 111, was enough to take second in the five-team field in Cookeville. The Lady Cavaliers won the event as a team, shooting 154, but even playing on their home course wasn’t enough of an edge for them to keep up with Slatton.

“She was definitely motivated from her previous rounds playing there this year,” said coach JW Holt. “She didn’t want to lose. She was locked in.”

There was little concern going into the event that Slatton would make the region tournament – the only question was if she’d go as a district champion or simply an individual qualifier. She made sure that she gained the upper hand on two of her biggest challengers, Lady Cavs Lexus Julian and Daniella Pryor.

Slatton had finished third to Cookeville’s powerful duo just a week ago in a tri-match at the same course, but she had something different in store for them come tourney time. She got off to a tremendous start, getting birdies on __ of the first __ holes. 

She never slowed down. Slatton cruised through the course with precision tee shots, sometimes even forgoing her driver while still getting into perfect positions to go low.

Her putter was also on fire, helping her finish a bogey-free round to dominate the District 7AA tourney.

“,” said Slatton, a junior who is hoping to win her second region championship next week. “ .”

Monday was the first time in three tries Slatton was able to outduel Julian in Cookeville. The star Lady Cav had also went lower than Slatton in their first meeting back in July, but Slatton has slowly been building her confidence at Golden Eagle.

By Monday, she knew everywhere she wanted to go on the course and rarely missed her spot.

“,” said Slatton.

Other low medalists who made the top five Monday included DeKalb County’s Alison Poss (81) and Cumberland County’s Kelly McCartt (85). They both earned individual bids to next week’s Region 4AA tourney.

Slatton will need to continue her momentum in Cookeville to book her third straight bid to the state tournament. The region tourney will also be held at Golden Eagle Golf course next Monday, Sept. 26. Check the Standard’s website later this week for Region tourney tee times.