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Science Hill in fifth after first day

Johnson City Press • Oct 3, 2017 at 7:18 PM

MANCHESTER — For Science Hill, a state golf title is almost certainly out of reach.

Nevertheless, the Hilltoppers will regroup and try to make the best of the situation today in the TSSAA Large Class boys championship at WillowBrook Golf Club.

"With the way (Knox Halls) is playing, if we were 10 back and had a good day we might have a shot," said Science Hill coach Kevin Vannoy. "But 22 strokes and as good as they are, that's tough. We will refocus tonight and try to get a top-four finish. That's feasible for us. Top four would be a respectable finish.

“I know the guys are disappointed, but it's a good learning experience for us."

Science Hill shot a first-round 313 on Tuesday, putting the team in fifth place at 25 over par. The ’Toppers are 22 strokes behind first-place Halls (291, 3 over).

"Yesterday the greens were soft, but it was different today and we probably didn't adjust as good as we could have on the front nine," said Vannoy.

Hendersonville (298, 10 over) currently rests in second place, with Walker Valley (300, 12 over) and Franklin (308, 20 over) holding down third and fourth, respectively, in the eight-team field.

On the individual scoreboard, the Hilltoppers’ Sean Anderson is tied for 22nd after carding a 76 (4 over). Teammate Carter Counts owns a share of 27th place with his 77 (5 over).

"We had a few kids settle in," said Vannoy. "But Jackson (Skeen) didn't have his best day. He had a clutch putt to come in at 79 (7 over). Even your No. 1 can have a bad day sometimes."

Also for the ’Toppers, Tarun Hoskers shot an 81 (9 over) and Gavin Nickles 86 (14 over). Hendrix Price is competing for Science Hill as well, but is ineligible for medalist honors.

Tennessee High’s Jet Tickle is in strong contention for the medalist award, holding a share of fourth place with a 2-under 70.

On the girls’ side, it’s Sullivan South’s Kara Carter (76, 4 over) currently tied for 10th and Dobyns-Bennett’s Isabella Van der Biest tied for 13th (77, 5 over).

Small Class

The Small Class tournament was played last week at WillowBrook, yielding a seventh-place showing to Zane Potter (150, 6 over) of North Greene. Chuckey-Doak’s Ananias Bonin finished in a tie for eighth at 5 over par (152).

South Greene’s Peyton Humphreys (T15th, 158, 14 over) and Hunter Hartman (T17th, 161, 17 over) placed inside the top 20.

On the girls’ side, University High’s Mary Janutolo gained a share of 16th place with her two-round total of 182 (38 over). As a team, North Greene’s girls finished eighth.

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