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State Golf: Ravenwood girls, Brentwood boys among championship contenders

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2021 Region 6 Golf Tournament

The Ravenwood girls golf team – 2021 District 11 and Region 6 champions. Hannah Walton, Emily Nelson and Holly Hake with coach Teddy Craig. 

The larger Tennessee high school state golf championships take place Monday and Tuesday – as weather allows – at the Sevierville Golf Club.

The new classifications for the TSSAA championships will also debut at the new location about 25 miles east of Knoxville in Sevierville after competing at WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester since 2010. 

The Ravenwood High School girls and Brentwood boys are among the teams competing in the Division I Class AA championships. Both captured Region 6 titles about two weeks ago to qualify.

“This feels great, and it’s awesome to represent the region at state, but we want to just stay focused on our game,” Ravenwood senior Emily Nelson said after helping lead the Lady Raptors to the region title.

Nelson, who fired a 6-over 78 at the Two Rivers Golf Course in Nashville to finish fourth at the regional, is joined by Ravenwood juniors Hannah Walton and Emma Hetrick and freshman Holly Hake. The Lady Raptors finished fifth last season on the state stage led by Walton and Nelson, who both finished tied for 23rd overall.

Other team qualifiers in the DI-AA side include Sevier County, Farragut, Cleveland, Gallatin, Tullahoma, Clarksville and Houston. Last year’s state champion Station Camp and runner-up Tennessee both missed the tournament. Farragut is the top returner, closing third in 2020.

Local qualifiers individually are Brentwood junior Brooke Brummett, Franklin junior Sophia DiPaolo and Independence senior Piper Davis.

DiPaulo finished tied for sixth overall last year. She won the region this year for the second time in her career with the low card for the day - girls or boys - shooting a 3-under 69 in Nashville.

“I’m just excited to make it back to state, and I feel like with the momentum of winning the last few tournaments, I think I can do really well,” DiPaolo said.

The Brentwood boys are led by a trio of seniors in Bryce Callaway, William Griggs, Grant Clunan. The group is joined by junior Troup Wallace along with sophomore Jacob Purifoy and freshman Sam Johnson.

They are following a string of state title contenders from the county. Franklin won the state championship in 2019, while Ravenwood closed runner-up last year.

The Bruins edged Franklin by three strokes in the regional to advance. Ravenwood was seven strokes back.

Other boys teams include Science Hill, Knoxville Halls, East Hamilton, Cookeville, Rockvale, Dickson County and Houston. Farragut, the 2020 team champion, also missed the tournament this year.

Local qualifiers individually on the boys side includes Harrison Akers of Franklin, a senior, sophomore Luke Beadles of Nolensville and Page junior Grant Clark.

Clark won the regional two weeks ago with a 2-under 70 in Nashville, with Beadles finishing a stroke back and Akers closing par and winning a playoff to advance.

In the Division II-AA tournament, Brentwood Academy eighth grader Blades Brown also qualified for the state tournament. Brown's competition includes 23-time state finalist Baylor and returning champion in senior Sheldon McKnight. 

The smaller schools open tournament play Oct. 7. The Battle Ground Academy girls, the 2015 champions, are the lone representatives from the county and will compete in the DII-A championship.

Currently, scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast in Sevierville through the week.

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