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Eagle by van der Biest caps off big day for Lady Indians

Jeff Birchfield • Sep 12, 2018 at 9:31 PM

JOHNSON CITY — Isabella van der Biest beat the odds to win both individual medalist and lead Dobyns-Bennett to the girls' team title Wednesday at the Larger Schools District 1 golf tournament at Johnson City Country Club.

While the odds of it happening aren't listed on the PGA website, van der Biest finished each round in the conference and district tournament with an eagle. She scored a 1-over 73 and won individual medalist by two strokes over Sullivan South's Kara Carter.

Her round, combined with an 80 by Katerina Scott, led the Lady Indians to the team title 153-157 over runner-up Tennessee High. Sullivan South finished third at 165, and all three teams advanced to next week's Region 1 tournament at Blackthorn Club.

"It was probably luck, but I was happy," van der Biest said about ending with an eagle. "The way I finished made a good impression and put me in a good mood. I think Katerina and me are both playing well. I think we will make it far, so how far I don't know."

Van der Biest talked about her strong iron play after a swing change with D-B coach Bill Darnell. She was also good off the tee, missing just one fairway. She ended with one birdie, the aforementioned eagle and four bogeys.

Darnell likes the solid play he has seen from the girls throughout the season. Erin Colhoun added a 121, which did not count toward the team score.

"Isabella is one that has the talent and doesn't stop," Darnell said. "Katerina has been solid for us. She's focused and she's worked on her game over the summer. We've won the conference and district, but next week, you've got to win it to get where you want to go. This season with us, Tennessee High and South, it's been a shootout every time we play.""

South's total included a 90 from Erin Musick, while Karli Goff's 91 didn't count toward the team score.


Science Hill romped to the boys' win, thanks to a 1-2 individual finish by Gavin Nickels and Jackson Skeen.

Playing on his home course, Nickels shot a 4-under 68, two strokes ahead of Skeen. The Hilltoppers also got a 77 from Carter Counts and a 78 from Sean Anderson for a 293 score.

Runner-up Tennessee High was 27 strokes back at 320, followed by Dobyns-Bennett at 321. All three top teams qualified for next week's Region 1 tournament at the Blackthorn Club.

The Indians were led by William Karst with a 5-over 77, followed by Taylor Kilgore with a 78. Zac Fletcher scored an 81, and Spencer Correll posted an 85. Luke Lett shot a 91 which didn't count toward the team total.


Daniel Boone had two boys individual qualifiers with Hunter Adams and Casey Whiting. Other individual qualifiers were John Lovelace of Volunteer, Randy Warren of Sullivan East and Drew Creech of Sullivan South.

Grace Smith and Lillian Qin were girls individual qualifiers for Science Hill. Mackenzie Miller of Daniel Boone, Abigail Delaney of Sullivan East and Kim Gibson of Volunteer also qualified as individuals.

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