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D-B girls win Big 11 golf title; South’s Carter awarded individual medalist

Jeff Birchfield • Aug 24, 2018 at 12:38 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Isabella van der Beist nearly doubled up on Thursday at the Big 11 Conference golf championships at Tri-Cities Golf Club.

Van der Beist shot a 72 to lead Dobyns-Bennett to a one-stroke win (149-150) over Tennessee High in the team competition and her individual score tied her with Kara Carter of Sullivan South atop the leaderboard at the end of the day.

Carter was awarded the individual medalist as both players opted to go by a scorecard playoff instead of playing an extra hole. That was fine with van der Beist, whose score was paired with a 77 from Katrina Scott to give the Lady Indians the all-important team title. Erin Calhoun shot a 111, which didn’t count for D-B’s team score.

“It was actually a tie. They asked a random person which nine holes to choose from and she had the lower score,” said van der Beist, who is committed to Alabama. “But there were challenges today. I had to make an eagle on the final hole for the tie.

“But we’re really happy with the team title. Our team has bonded this year and that’s helped us. We’re having a lot of fun and to get the win is a bonus.”

Carter was also smiling, happy to get the individual medal, particularly on a day when she struggled on the tee on the front nine.

“It definitely ended a lot better than it started, especially with my driver,” Carter said. “I had some bad drives, but everything started clicking as the round went on. I missed a few putts, had a few lip out, but I also had a few putts go in — which kept the momentum going.”

Tennessee High had a pair of 75 scores from Noellia Adkins and Lilly Self, and Isabella Adkins added a 76 that didn’t factor into the team total.

South, which had an 88 from Erin Music, finished third at 160. The Rebels also had scores of 93 from Karli Goff and 103 from Kirstyn Moore, which didn’t count among the team total. Science Hill at 176 and Daniel Boone at 180 rounded out the top five.

Lillian Qin and Grace Smith each posted 88 scores for Science Hill, while Boone got an 89 from Jenna Brannum and a 92 from McKenzie Miller.

BOYS COMPETITION

Science Hill shot a 283 to romp to a 22-stroke win over Tennessee High on the boys’ side.

Individual champion Jackson Skeen led the way with a 2-under 69. Teammates Tarun Hoskere finished with a 70, followed by Sean Anderson with a 71 and Gavin Nickels with a 73. Carter Counts and Ross Boehling each shot a 79, which didn’t count toward the team total.

Skeen won individual medalist for a second straight year. He has been playing tournaments throughout the summer, going to places like Ohio to face different competition. Strong with his approach shots, he started out Thursday’s round with a 33 on the front nine and felt his overall score could have been lower with some luck on the greens.

“I missed a couple of putts where it should have been lower,” Skeen said. “But it was a good round, for sure. I hit the ball really well onto the green. I left myself a lot of (scoring) opportunities for sure.”

He made enough birdies and his teammates made sure the other schools were not a threat to Science Hill’s dominance.

Jack Tickle finished with a 71 to lead the second-place Tennessee High, which finished four strokes ahead of D-B at 309.

Zac Fletcher had a 75 to lead the Indians, while Taylor Kilgore, Spencer Correll and William Karst all finished at 78. Luke Lett at 85 and Matt Barnicki, 89, posted non-qualifying scores.

Nick Brock was 2-over 73 to lead Daniel Boone to a fourth-place finish. The Trailblazers’ 327 team score included Hunter Adams and Casey Whiting, each at 84, and Noah Little with an 86.

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