Starnes leads Cove to first district golf title in 6 years

Kevin Mays • Sep 20, 2018 at 8:30 PM

GATE CITY — Rye Cove joined an exclusive group Thursday.

Led by Tyler Starnes’ 91, the Eagles shot a team score of 409 at Scott County Park to win a rare Cumberland District golf championship.


The win gave Rye Cove its first district championship in six years.

“It’s been a while,” said Eagles coach Todd Baker. “It was a good win for us. The kids played good. I’m proud of them. We’ve got five seniors, so it was a good win for them. A good way to go out in the district.”

Rye Cove’s individual scores came from three seniors and underclassman Dalton Williams. The Eagles also tallied Michael Griffin’s 104, Chase Love’s 106 and Williams’ 108 to clinch the district title.

Rye Cove advanced to the Region 1D championships scheduled for Thursday at Cedar Hill Country Club in Jonesville.

Castlewood edged Twin Springs 441-444 to claim the district’s second seed and regional berth. Coleman Cook led the Blue Devils with a 97, and Tanner Dingus paced Twin Springs with a 99.


Eastside’s Noah Stout shot 85 to earn medalist honors and was one of the three individuals to advance to the regionals from the Cumberland. The Spartans didn’t compete as a team they field only three golfers and a minimum of four is required.

Joining Stout as individual Region 1D qualifiers were Tanner Dingus and Josh Lane of Twin Springs. Dingus shot a 99 and Lane had a 107.

2018 Cumberland District Tournament

Scott County Park, Gate City

Rye Cove (409)

Tyler Starnes 91, Michael Griffin 104, Chase Love 106, Dalton Williams 108, Brennan Berry 111, Josh Jones 123.

Castlewood (441)

Coleman Cook 97, Logan Horner 104, Heath Sutherland 118, Zach Owens 122, Chloe Collins 125, Jacob Gross 126.

Twin Springs (444)

Tanner Dingus 99, John Lane 107, Abby Castle 113, Lauren Duncan 125.

J.I. Burton (477)

Aki Godsey 112, Baylee Jenkins 120, Clay Maggard 120, Cole Bays 125, Grace Owens 126, Kali Durham WD.

Individual Region 2D qualifiers

Noah Stout, Eastside, 85

Tanner Dingus, Twin Springs 99

Josh Lane, Twin Springs, 107

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