MANCHESTER, Tenn. — The Brentwood High boys golf team captured its first state championship Wednesday, edging Farragut at the Class AAA Golf Tournament at WillbowBrook Golf Club.
Brentwood, which finished runner-up to Farragut a season ago, charged back from a four-stroke day-one deficit to defeat the Admirals by a single stroke.
“Before this year we had to do a lot of work to get here, and it feels great now that all that work has paid off,” said Bruins senior Trevor Johnson, who fired a team-low, two-under 70 on Wednesday. “The course, I think, was playing harder than last year just with how we it was and the wind.
“We battled both days, and this team, I’m just so proud of them right now.”
Brentwood shot 588 (+12) for the tournament. Johnson carded a two-day total of 145 — good enough for 13th in the individual standings — and all four Bruins finished in the top 25.
“That’s kind of been our team this whole year,” added Johnson, a Louisville commitment. “One or two of us might go low, but the rest of us are steady Eddie, and that’s huge, especially in a high school tournament.”
Farragut finished with two-day score of 589, 12 strokes better than third-place Hendersonville.
Sevier County’s Spencer Cross coasted to the boys individual championship, shooting 10-under 134 for the tournament.
Dickson County’s Hunter Wolcott finished third at 139, which included Wednesday’s round of 7-under 65.
“It was a long tournament,” said Wolcott, a Tennessee commitment. “It’s my senior year, so coming in I wanted to win it bad. I had a tough round yesterday, but coming back and battling today, I persevered and I’m proud of how I represented my school.”
Ravenwood’s Chase Kephart finished tied for fourth at 143, while Station Camp’s Jordan Powell (-1), Oakland’s Tate Chumley (E) and Blackman’s Tanner Owens (E) all finished in the top 10.
On the girls’ side, Houston won the team championship, shooting 2-over 290 for the tournament, eight strokes better than Dobyns-Bennett.
Coffee County’s girls placed fourth, finishing at 315, while Clarksville carded a 318.
Houston freshman Jayna Choi fired an 8-under 64 Wednesday to match the lowest 18-hole score in tournament history, tying Baylor’s Brooke Pancake (2006). She had a two-day total of 4-under 140 and won by two strokes.
Rossview’s Caroline Caudill and Franklin County’s Malia Stovall were the top Midstate finishers, both placing third at 144.
“I’ve played here, for state, three times in a row now, and I play WillowBrook in Tennessee tournaments all the time,” Caudill said. “I know the fairways and greens pretty well at this point.
“After making the turn at 2-under I was thinking ‘just keep it.’”
Rossview’s Catherine Caudill finished ninth at 151.
Reach Michael Murphy at 615-259-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports.