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Falcons' Lovelace out front at TSSAA tournament

From staff reports • Oct 15, 2019 at 7:28 PM

MANCHESTER — East Tennessee is making major noise at the TSSAA Large Schools Golf Championships at WillowBrook Golf Club.

Volunteer’s Jon Wes Lovelace, only a sophomore, fired a 4-under-par 68 on Tuesday to grab a two-shot lead after the first round of the boys tournament. The Region 1 champion’s day included six birdies, a bogey and a double bogey.

Lovelace was two shots up on Crockett County’s Jaden Zimmer in the two-day tournament.

Tennessee High’s Jack Tickle was tied for third after a 71. Sullivan Central sophomore Seth Robinette, who lost a playoff with Lovelace for the Region 1 title, was tied for 26th at 79.

In the team competition, the defending champion Science Hill boys shared the first-round lead with Franklin at 13-over 301. 

Tarun Hoskere and Carter Counts had the low round of the day for Science Hill, an even-par 72 that left them tied for sixth individually. Hoskere’s round included three birdies and three bogeys, and Counts counted two birdies and two bogeys.

Science Hill senior Jackson Skeen, the defending individual state champ, was tied for 12th after a 74 that included a birdie on the par-5 seventh hole and three bogeys. Ross Boehling shot an 83 and Jacob Oakley posted an 84 to round out the Hilltoppers’ scoring.

Science Hill and Franklin were 19 strokes ahead of their closest competition, Farragut.


Tennessee High’s girls team was tied with Station Camp for the lead at 4-over 148, two shots up on Franklin after Day 1. Lynn Lim of Station Camp shot a 1-under 71 to hold a one-stroke lead over the Lady Vikings’ Madeline Simcox.

Sullivan South junior Kara Carter and Tennessee High’s Isabella Adkins were among those tied for eighth at 75. Carter, who won both the Big 11 Conference and District 1 championships, posted a round that included four birdies and seven bogeys.

Dobyns-Bennett junior Isabella van der Biest, the defending state champion, was tied for 16th with Tennessee High’s Noelia Adkins after a 79.

Van der Biest got off to a slow start, recording bogeys on five of her first nine holes. She made two birdies on the back nine but also had a 9 on the par-5 No. 16 hole.