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Rhea captures Tri-Cities championship

staff report • Jul 30, 2014 at 9:14 AM

BRISTOL, Va. — Jack Rhea keeps adding to his summer bounty.

The Jonesborugh golfer captured the Tri-Cities PGA Junior Amateur Junior Championship on Monday at The Virginian. He finished with a 2-under-par, 70 to defeat Bristol golfers Chase Roswall and Nic Vandeventer by one stroke in the boys’ 16-18 year-old division.

Rhea’s victory came just three days after he won the junior championship at the Blackthorn Club.

Eddie Karst of Kingsport finished third with a 73, followed by Shelby Ray Meyer of Bristol, Virginia, and Reid Smith of Johnson City.

Washington County golfers won five of the eight age divisions overall.

Haley Wagner of Gray finished with a 71 to defeat Haverly Harrold of Kingsport by two strokes. Addison Baggerly of Jonesborough finished third after her 77 round.

Garrett Whitfield of Johnson City defeated Chad Couch Jr. of Bristol in a playoff to win the boys’ 13-15 division. Noah Turner of Jonesborough won by six strokes over Casey Whiting of Gray and Lucas Lowe of Johnson City in the boys’ 10-11 division.

Lexanne Halama of Jonesborough dominated the girls’ 8-11 division, winning by an incredible 22 strokes.

Jackson Skeen of Gray barely missed out in the boys’ 10-13 division, losing to Kingsport’s Matthew Barnicki by one stroke. Andrew Stevens of Elizabethton was runner-up to Marshall Seal of Rogersville in the boys’ 8-9 class, while Isabella van der Biest of Kingsport won the nine-hole competition for the girls’ 12-18 division.

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