The Warren County Golf teams hosted the Cookeville Cavaliers and the White County Warriors on Monday at McMinnville Country Club. As a team, the Warren County Pioneers finished 10 strokes back of the winners, the Cookeville Cavaliers. The Cavaliers shot a team low score of 313 while the Pioneers scored 323.
Two Pioneer sharp-shooters, Jaeden Pyburn and Bracton Womack each shot 77 on the day. Liam Brock finished his day with a score of 84 and Levi Craven finished with an 85. The highest score of the day was dropped by each team.
Womack’s game started fine at the first hole but quickly went south at the second. He double-bogeyed the short par-3 to go +2 after only the second hole.
Womack quickly recovered and regained his composure for the next two holes. Strong tee shots hit the fairways and he hit the greens with his irons for par on the third and fourth holes.
A double-bogey on the par-4 fifth hole continued to take Womack in the wrong direction. Fast forward to the long par-5 fifth hole. Womack blasted the ball off tee and he was well within range of hitting the tee after his first swing. A perfect approach to the tee had him within feet of an Eagle shot. Womack took a deep breath and walked up to the putt and sank it to gain two of those strokes back on the first nine.
On the back nine holes Womack shot par on all but holes 14 and 15. His short game was a little off in the front nine but he settled in and finished the day tied for second place with his teammate.
Pyburn shot a near perfect game on the front nine holes. His tee shots were straight and long and Pyburn’s irons were working well. His only hiccup was on the par-4 fifth hole. He just slightly misjudged his putt and left himself an easy bogey. He was +1 on the front nine.
Pyburn did not shoot the same after his bogey and the back nine his putting dropped. Pyburn shot +4 on the back nine which was good enough to give him a tie for second place with a score of 77.
The Lady Pioneers ended their day with a first place finish with a team score of 171, 12 strokes ahead of the second place team. Saylem Powell shot an overall low score of 82 for a first place finish and Valeria Vargas shot 89 which was good enough for second.
Powell was rock solid through the first nine holes. If by chance Powell did bogey a hole and she did bogey three holes. She quickly made up for the bogeys with birdies on two of the three holes.
A triple-bogey on the tenth hole started a trend and her short game was all of a sudden gone. Powell finished the back nine holes +9 but continued to hold the leaders spot with a score of 82.
Vargas stepped up her game and finished second place overall with a score of 89. Vargas had several nice drives off the tee and she hit the greens well. She shot +6 on the front nine holes and +11 on the back nine. Not the best outing for the Lady Pioneers but still good enough for a first place win.
Warren County golf will be at the Red Raider Invitational today at 9 a.m. at Willowbrook and again versus Coffee County on Aug. 31 at 3:30 p.m. also at Willowbrook.