SUMMITVILLE – Matt Johnson was one good round of golf away from winning a TSSAA state championship Wednesday.
Johnson carded a two-under par 70 Tuesday at WillowBrook Golf Course in the first round of the TSSAA AAA State Golf Championships Tuesday to take a one-shot lead into Wednesday’s second and final round. Johnson, a senior Red Raider golfer, shot a 79 Wednesday to finish tied for 10th in the state with a 5-0ver-par 149.
Three Lady Raiders also competed both as a team and individuals. Hollee Sadler, Savannah Quick and Megan Kriz finished sixth as a team with a Wednesday score of 160 and two-day total of 336. On Wednesday each of the Lady Raiders improved at least five strokes over her Tuesday’s performance. Sadler finished 19th individually with a 166.
Matt Johnson: +5 (two-day final). Teeing off on the back nine at 10:30 a.m., Johnson parred hole 10 but double-bogeyed the par-3 11th to slip even par overall. He shot a 5 for par on 12th. Johnson bogeyed hole 13 to put him at two over for the day and even par for the tournament. Johnson parred 14. He saved par on 15 with a 20-foot putt. Johnson birdied 16 but triple-bogeyed 18 after hitting his approach shot out of bounds to make him six over for the round. He is seven behind the leader (Trenkler). Johnson finished the day by shooting a 37 on the front nine.
Hollee Sadler: +8 (Wednesday final). Sadler started strong Tuesday morning by shooting par on each of her first three holes. On her second three she bogeyed the par-4 fourth hole and went on to shoot even par on 5 and 6. Sadler bogeyed number 7 and parred the next two to finish her first nine with a 38. She opened the back nine with three straight bogeys on 10-12. A double-bogey on 14 brought her to +7 so far for the day. On her final 3 Sadler bogeyed 16 and then parred out to finish with an 80 for the day.
Savannah Quick: +8 (Wednesday final). Quick parred one and three but bogeyed the par-5 second hole to begin play on Wednesday. On the next three she double-bogeyed the par-4 hole 4, regained some ground with a birdie on 5 and parred number 6. Quick bogeyed holes 7 and 9 to finish her first nine with a 40. She opened the back nine with a bogey, birdie and double-bogey on holes 10-12. A bogey on 15 put Quick to 7 over. Quick also bogeyed the par-5 sixteenth and then parred the final two holes to end the day with an 80.
Megan Kriz: +16 (Wednesday final). Kriz parred the first hole but bogeyed the next two. On the next three Kriz went on to par 4 and 6 and bogey the par-4 hole 5. Kriz parred 7, bogeyed 8 and double-bogeyed 9 to finish her first nine at 42. On the second nine Kriz shot triple-bogey, par and bogey on 10-12. Double-bogeys on 14 and 15 put her at 14 over for the day. Kriz bogeyed the final two holes to finish with an 88 for the day.
Megan Kriz +21 (93) – Kriz shot a 10-over 46 on the front nine at WillowBrook Tuesday morning. She started off with bogey and double-bogey on the first two holes before settling in to par the par-3 third hole. She also made par on the par-4 fifth hole and the par-3 eighth. She triple-bogeyed the par-4 ninth before making the turn. She started the back nine well with pars on holes 10 and 11 before double-bogeying the par-5 12th. On the final three Kriz bogeyed the par-5 16th and par-4 18th and triple-bogeyed the par-3 17th. She finished her first 18 with a 93.
Savannah Quick +18 (90) – Quick got off to a quick start by turning in a birdie on the par-4 first hole. But she bogeyed the par-5 second and doubled the par-3 third to fall off the pace. She bogeyed holes four and six and double-bogeyed the par-4 fifth hole. She bogeyed seven, eight and nine to finish the first nine holes with a nine-over 45. She started the back nine with a par on the par-4 10th hole and bogeyed holes 11 and 12. On the final three Quick bogyed 16 and 18 and double-bogeyed the par-3 17th. She finished her first round with a 90.
Hollee Sadler +14 (86) – The lone Lady Raider with state tournament experience started off as expected – with a trio of pars on the first three holes. Sadler closed her first nine with a pair of pars on the par-3 third and the par-4 ninth, as well. But a double-bogey on the par-5 seventh and a triple-bogey on the par-4 fifth put her at seven over after nine holes. She has started the back nine as hot as she did the front nine with a par on holes 10,11, 12 and 13. She double-bogeyed 14 and bogeyed 15. In her final three holes in Tuesday’s round, Sadler bogeyed 16 and 17 and double-bogeyed the par-4 18th. After 18 holes her score stands at 86.