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Taylor romps to Tri-Cities Junior Am title

Jeff Birchfield • Jul 23, 2018 at 7:13 PM

BRISTOL, Va. — Chance Taylor left nothing to chance on Monday.

Taylor romped to an eight-stroke win in the boys' 16-18 masters division at the Tri-Cities PGA Junior Amateur Championship on Monday at The Virginian Golf Course. It came just one day after the Gate City golfer won by just a single stroke at the Lonesome Pine Invitational.

Katerina Scott from Kingsport scored a three-stroke victory over the girls' 12-18 division title.

Taylor, a Gate City High School graduate who is attending Tennessee Tech this fall, shot a 1-under 71 to win by eight strokes over Greeneville's Zachary Wood.

He credited a strong effort off the tee and a solid approach for the victory.

"I hit the ball really well. I hit 16 greens," Taylor said. "I didn't putt well and my 71 was about the worst I could have shot. I made four birdies and three bogeys, but I could have gone lower if I could have made some putts. I love this course and just enjoy playing it."

Wood, a rising senior at Greeneville High School, also struggled with his putting. He hit 14 of the greens and only missed two fairways over the picturesque 18 holes. But, he was never able to make a charge against Taylor.

"My irons were working really well, but my putting, I was really struggling with the tempo," Wood said. "My lines would be great, but I couldn't get the speed of the greens figured out today. Some of the greens ran a lot faster, depending with the shade and the trees. But, they were really hot today."

Johnson City golfers Ross Boehling and Hendrix Price tied for third at 8-over 80. Peyton Humphries from Greeneville shot an 81 to round out the top five.

GIRLS

Scott, who will be a senior at Dobyns-Bennett this fall, used the same strategy as Taylor. She was good enough on her tee and approach shots to overcome problems on the greens. She finished three strokes ahead of Grace Gillen of Bristol, Va., and Jenny Simonsen of Johnson City, who both finished at 7-over 79.

"My long game was going great," Scott said. "But, my putting was horrible. I had three, three-putts and that was disappointing. My front nine was rocky with five bogeys. My back nine was a lot more steady. I was able to get enough balls in position to make birdies. But overall, I'm glad with my round."

Gillen made a birdie on the first playoff hole to take second place from Simonsen.

YOUTH MOVEMENT

Zachery Fletcher of Kingsport finished 1-over 73 to win the boys' 13-15 masters by one stroke over Greeneville's Rickey Compton. Other winners were: Connor Brummitt of Abingdon, Va., (boys' 10-13 tour), Will Wells of Jonesborough (boys' 10-13 micro), Jayden Foster of Kingsport (boys' 8-9 micro) and Kirstyn Moore of Kingsport (girls' 12-18, nine-hole).

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