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Splendid swinging
WCHS golf takes top tourney spots
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By the time the Warren County High School golf teams had claimed their prizes at the Murfreesboro Invitational, there wasn’t much to give any of the other squads.
The Lady Pioneers won their second tournament of the season, while the Pioneers nearly made it a clean sweep as the team finished two strokes behind Siegel to take second place at Champions Run golf course Thursday.
As impressive as the team finished were, Warren County claimed even more individual awards. The sibling combination of Nicholas Powell and Hannah Powell were each named the top medalist as they posted the lowest score in the respective divisions. Brittany Myers was the fourth medalist on the girls side, finishing just three strokes behind her teammate.
Hannah Powell added to her low medalist award by receiving an award for being closest to the pin on a par-3 hole chosen by the course. It was a feat freshman Liam Brock matched on the boys side. Not to be outdone, Nicholas Powell also won two honors as he had the day’s longest drive on a par-5 hole at Champions Run.
Coach J.W. Holt was impressed by both his teams at the event, though the play of his sibling combo stood out.
“We were very solid. It looked like we may bring back both first-place trophies for awhile,” said Holt.
“Seeing Nicholas and Hannah each win top medalist was a neat story as well.”
Hannah led the Lady Pioneers to victory in the 12-team field by shooting 70 at Champions Run. It was the second time the freshman Lady Pioneer had the team’s lowest score in a tournament victory.
The first time occurred when the Warren County girls won the Tullahoma Invitational July 25.
Myers, a junior, was right behind at 73 while sophomore Saylem Powell shot 77. Saylem’s score didn’t count toward the team total, though it still impressed her coach.
“Having three girls shooting in the 70s was really impressive,” said Holt. “They turned a lot of heads at the tournament. Everybody was talking about them by the end of the day.”
The Lady Pioneers won the event by 23 strokes as Brentwood and Blackman tied for second at 164.
The Pioneers had a chance to claim the top spot as well, especially when Nicholas shot 68 to blow the field away. It was the lowest round of the season for Nicholas, who is coming off a run to the state tournament as a sophomore.
Rounding out the Pioneer team score of 305 was senior Houston Wood shooting 78, senior Clayton Myers firing 79 and freshman Bracton Womack’s 80. Brock was able to take home a certificate for his shot that was the closest to the hole, but his round of 81 was one stroke away from qualifying for the Pioneer team score.
Siegel won the event with a four-person team score of 303, bolstered by Kyle Clary’s 72. Cookeville was one stroke behind Warren County at 306, good for third place.
The boys tournament featured over 20 teams, including top schools from Murfreesboro and Nashville.
The Pioneers add their second-place finish to a top-five performance in Tullahoma. The Warren County boys team is 2-1 this season in team matches.
The Lady Pioneers are currently 3-0 in District 6-AAA matches to go along with their two tournament titles.