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WCHS boys qualify for regionals
Pioneers finish second at district
Nick Stern
Senior Nick Stern takes a big swing during the District 6-AAA tournament. Stern and the Pioneer golf team placed second Monday to move onto the regional tournament next week.

It wasn’t a win, but the Warren County High School boys golf team will gladly accept its second-place finish in Monday’s District 6-AAA tournament.
The Pioneers combined for a score of 306 at Cookeville Golf Course, a number good enough to earn the team its second straight trip to the regional tournament. The Cookeville Cavaliers, playing on the local course, won the event with a score of 288. Three Cavaliers shot 1-under 71 to help the home team to an easy victory.
Warren County was led by freshman Jaeden Pyburn’s 74, the fourth-lowest score at the event. Cookeville golfer Will Brooks shot 75 to earn the tournament’s final individual medal.
Coach J.W. Holt was glad to see his team advance and feels the regional tournament will provide another showdown between the Pioneers and Cavaliers.
“The guys really played well and did what they needed to do to make the regional tournament,” said Holt. “I think it made it 3-3 in terms of our matchups with Cookeville. The regional tournament will put us on a neutral course where our guys have played well.”
The regional tournament will be held Sept. 22 at Harrison Bay Golf Course. In 2012, Nicholas Powell qualified for the state tournament while playing at the course near Chattanooga.
Powell, now a senior, shot 76 in Cookeville Monday. Sophomore Bracton Womack was right behind at 77, followed by senior Nick Stern’s 79.
Coach Holt’s goal before the season was for his team to consistently have four players in the 70s. The formula has helped the Pioneers win several events this year, including the Keith Maxwell Invitational in McMinnville over Cookeville, and was on display Monday as well.
Continuing a trend of turning in solid team performances is what coach Holt would like to see going into the regional tournament.
“Our boys are continuing to play well as a group. They’ll be playing a course Monday they are familiar with and have had success on before,” said Holt.
More information on the upcoming regional tournament can be found in Sunday’s Southern Standard.