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Science Hill boys at district golf; Boone advances to region

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Sep 30, 2019 at 10:06 PM

KINGSPORT — Science Hill was on target again with Jackson Skeen and Ross Boehling leading the Hilltoppers to the win in Monday’s District 1 Large Schools boys golf championship at Ridgefields Country Club.

Skeen earned individual medalist with a 2-under 70 and Boehling finished two strokes behind with an even-par 72. Tarun Hoskere shot a 76 and Carter Counts came through with a 77 as the Hilltoppers rolled to a 295-317 win over runner-up Dobyns-Bennett. Jacob Oakley shot an 86 which didn’t count towards the team total.

“Jackson was 2-under and Ross Boehling came in huge,” Science Hill coach Kevin Vannoy said. “Tarun and Carter were solid. As little as we’ve played out here, they really played well. We’ve had tournaments with Jackson the medalist, Ross, Tarun and Carter all winning medalist. They’re playing well right now.”

Skeen, who had five birdies, was medalist for the second straight week after leading the Hilltoppers to the Big 11 Conference championship five days earlier.

“Honestly, I didn’t feel like I played that well,” Skeen said. “I grinded it out and kept on going no matter what. I didn’t hit any double-bogeys or anything like that. If I hit a bad shot, I would maintain where I could get par or at-worst bogey. I knew after the first two holes I wasn’t hitting the ball like normal. I was like, ‘Let’s go for the middle of the green, make some birdies on par-5s and get it in there.’”

Boehling didn’t let a bad start ruin his day. It was truly how he finished, shooting a 34 on the back nine, that defined his round. He had birdies on all four par-5 holes.

“I started off 3-over through two (holes),” Boehling said. “I know you can’t quit when you go through the round. It picked up after those holes and it cleaned up nicely.”

Daniel Boone earned the final team spot, beating Tennessee High by one stroke (327-328). Noah Little paced Boone with a round of 78, followed by John Hale and Aiden Hyder with rounds of 80. Dailey Carder added the final score with an 89, while Houston Carder carded a 97.

“I’m mighty proud of them. It’s good for them to see their hard work pay off,” Boone coach Scott Martin said. “I’ve been on the other end of losing by one stroke and it’s tough. This is a brutally tough conference with good golf and so many good teams. To qualify for the regional is an accomplishment. All our guys have played well all year. I have six on the team and all six have turned in good scores at different times.”

The five region individual qualifiers were: Tennessee High’s Jack Tickle and Cole Self, Sullivan Central’s Seth Robinette, Elizabethton’s Carson Peters and Volunteer’s Lovelace.

GIRLS COMPETITION

Kara Carter ended with five birdies total to finish 3-under 69, three strokes ahead of Dobyns-Bennett’s Isabella van der Biest for the girls’ individual medalist. It came after the girls finished 1-2 at the Big 11 Conference championships.

“I made more birdie putts and more par putts,” Carter said. “Even though I missed a few short putts, I was able to keep it together and make the putts that I needed to. My proximity to the hole on my second shot was a lot higher than it has been.”

Despite Carter’s low round, Sullivan South finished two strokes behind Tennessee High (153-155) in the team competition. Kirstyn Moore had an 86 for the Lady Rebels and Erin Musick ended with a 90 which didn’t count towards the team scores.

Tennessee High had a 75 from Madeline Simcox and a 78 from Isabella Adkins. Her sister Noelia Adkins added an 81 which didn’t count for the team total.

Dobyns-Bennett finished third with 170 as the top three teams advanced to next week’s Region 1 tournament at Morristown Country Club. Five girls qualified for the region tournament as individuals.

Daniel Boone’s Mackenzie Miller led the way with an 80. Elizabethton’s Hannah Williams, Sullivan East’s Abigail Delaney, Science Hill’s Grace Smith and Daniel Boone’s Elsie Lunsford made the region as individuals. Lunsford won a playoff over Boone teammate Jenna Branum to advance to the region.

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