Creasy, Abingdon golfers take Mountain 7 title

Pat Kenney • Sep 21, 2017 at 8:45 PM

BIG STONE GAP — Sometimes in golf, ignorance is bliss.

Abingdon’s Conner Creasy had never played Lonesome Pine Country Club. On Thursday, he managed his way around the short but demanding layout and finished with a 1-under-par 70 to earn medalist honors in the Mountain 7 District tournament.

Gate City’s Chance Taylor finished second with a 73 and Lee’s Kiara Thomas placed third after shooting a 75.

Creasy’s score helped the Falcons take the team title with 315. Union (319) was second and Gate City (344) third.

Abingdon, a Group 3A school, advanced to its regional tournament on Oct. 2 at Draper Valley. Union and Gate City moved on to the Group 2A regional, which will be held Tuesday at Lonesome Pine.

Creasy, who qualified for this summer’s USGA Amateur Championships in Los Angeles, didn’t let his lack of course knowledge hold him back on Thursday.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect,” he said. “I heard it was in very good condition and if you got your putter going, you could shoot a good score.”

The junior had four birdies and three bogeys on the day.

“I hit some good shots,” Creasy said, “but just didn’t putt as well as I wanted.”

Taylor got off to a slow start in his round, double-bogeying the first hole.

“It was an ugly start,” said Taylor, who won the National Junior Golf Tour’s national tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., a few weeks ago. “But I made an eagle at the par-5 seventh and that kind of got me back on track.”

Like Creasy, Taylor didn’t sink as many putts as he wanted.

“One of those days when nothing went in the hole,” said Taylor, who has committed to Tennessee Tech to play his collegiate golf. “But I’ll take a 73 on a day when I don’t play well.”

Five individuals also earned berths in next week’s 2A regional: Lee’s Thomas, Caleb Haynes (84) and Robbie Burchett (92) along with John Battle’s Grace Gillen (79) and Wise Central’s Landon Elkins (89).

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