It wasn’t exactly where it wanted to finish, but the Tullahoma High School girls’ golf team extended its season, finishing as runner-up at the District 8 Tournament at The Bear Trace at Tims Ford on Monday.
In the team standings, it was Lawrence County who took the top spot, edging Tullahoma by three strokes. Lawrence County combined to put up an overall score of 168 during the 18-hole tournament.
Tullahoma followed in second with a score of 171. Shelbyville rounded out the top three teams competing on Monday, putting up a 194 on the day.
“I’m very proud of our team,” said THS Head Coach Barry Bishop. “Our girls, they got to play with some players who we haven’t played against, except at the beginning of the season when we went to the Lawrenceburg Invitational. We don’t get a chance to matchup a lot with Lawrence County throughout the season, so it was neat that we were able to play with that group. It wasn’t our best round, but it was good enough to take second, so I’m really proud of them.”
As they have all season, the Lady Wildcats were led by sophomore Mallory TeVrucht, who put up an 85 during competition on Monday. TeVrucht’s individual score was the second lowest round on the girls’ side.
“I thought Mallory played really well,” Bishop said. “There were several holes over the last few rounds where she struggled. Each of the girls have a type of hole that causes them difficulty or that they play really well. We developed a game plan for those holes. I was super proud of Mallory because there were several holes where she was able to overcome those problems.”
Grae Hicks followed just a stroke behind TeVrucht, adding an 86 to round out the Lady Wildcats’ score. The freshman’s performance was the third lowest round on Monday on the girls’ side.
“For Grae, that was her first time playing in a high school tournament where the heat was on,” Bishop said. “She has quite a bit of tournament experience so it was a good thing for her to feel what the tournament brings. She performed very well.”
Ava Catherine Banks also shot for the Lady Wildcats, carding a 92 during her tournament. However, her score did not go into Tullahoma’s final tally, as high school golf uses the top two performers on a squad to determine a team’s overall score.
On the boys’ side, Tullahoma did not have enough players to field a team after Chase Wiley was forced withdraw from the tournament. However, the Wildcats had one player advance to the region tournament.
Andrew Cardosi placed second in the individual qualifiers, giving him the opportunity to continue to his season. During his 18-hole round, the Wildcats’ junior put up a 73 to earn a spot into the region tournament. Throughout the season, Cardosi has been the top scorer for the THS boys’ team.
“He’s done a great job of embracing that lead,” Bishop said. “He always fires the lowest rounds and knows how to help the other boys as they are learning how to read a golf course and work on the different shots that are required.
“From a ball-striking ability, Andrew is playing probably the best that I have ever seen him play. Throughout the season, you can see that his scores have continually been lower and lower.”
Sebi Aguirre added a 95 for Tullahoma as well. Isaac Lynch rounded out the Wildcat scorers, putting up a 102.
In the team standings, Franklin County took first overall, combining to put up a 310. Shelbyville took second at 335, while Lawrence County rounded out the top three squads at 348.
Following Monday’s results, both Cardosi and the Lady Wildcats will take part in the Region 4 Tournament on Thursday. Thankfully for both teams, they will be returning to the same course, as the 18-hole region tournament will take place at The Bear Trace. Bishop said that there’s one key area where he wants to see his team improve.
“I think one of the biggest issues we had was getting the ball in the hole and making those putts,” the THS coach said. “Those greens are fast and it just makes play rather difficult. Our biggest point of emphasis is going to be continuing to putt on the greens.
“They are a different green makeup than what they are at home at Lakewood Golf & Country Club. It’s a different type of grass so the speed is a little different and also, they have a tendency to have the ball to drift. So, that’s something that we are really trying to get used to seeing.”
Start time for Thursday’s matches are scheduled for 8 a.m.