MANCHESTER Battle Ground Academy’s girls are in first place in the Division II-A team standings, while Franklin Road Academy’s Angelina Chan and Ensworth’s Brock Ochsenreiter are both atop the individual standings after day one of the TSSAA Division II Golf Championships at WillowBrook Golf Club.
In girls Division II-A action, BGA finished at 25-over 169, three strokes ahead of second-place University School of Jackson, while the Franklin Road Academy girls are currently in third at 174 (+30).
“(Hannah Wright and Rachel Arizu) both playing consistent golf — not a lot of big scores — but they’re playing consistent,” BGA coach Brent Mclay said. “Really this is their third year in state, and that has added to their demeanor on the course. They did really well today, and they’re in a good spot for tomorrow.”
Chan, just a freshman at FRA, led all Division II-A girls on the first day, shooting 1-over 73.
“Overall it was a pretty good day,” said the 14-year-old Chan, who placed third as an eighth-grader in 2014. “Towards the end I started to lose focus. The weather was great, but I started to get lazy with my swing. After that, especially on the last few holes, I came back, and I was proud of myself for that.”
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Donelson Christian Academy’s Maddie Buckley is currently fifth at 83 (+11) — one stroke ahead of Wright — while Arizu is seventh at 85 (+13).
In girls Division II-AA, St. Agnes shot even 144 — six strokes ahead of second-place Baylor, and 16 better than third-place Girls Preparatory School.
Father Ryan is currently fourth at 174 (+30), while Ensworth is sixth at 180 (+36).
Ochsenreiter, aiming to defend his 2014 Division II-AA crown, carded a six-under 66 on Monday, and the Indiana commitment currently holds a five-stroke advantage in the individual standings.
“I started off with a few good birdies,” said Ochsenreiter, who is currently the seventh-ranked junior boy in Tennessee, according to Golfweek. “I bogeyed 12 — I didn’t have a very good lie — but I just wanted to finish that side under par. I unleashed it more on the front side — it’s a little more forgiving — but overall I thought I played pretty well.”
Briarcrest’s Drew Miller and Landon Cottrell, along with Baylor’s Chase Roswall, are all tied for second at 71 (-1), while Baylor senior Oliver Simonsen’s par 72 rounded out the top 5.
MBA’s Evan Spence fired a 1-over 73 — good enough for sixth — while Father Ryan’s Nick Wolf is currently 10th at 3-over 75.
Father Ryan’s Erik Hamm, Griffin Bumpus and Palmer Sadlowski each shot 4-over 76 for the Irish, who are currently third in the team standings — six strokes behind first-place Briarcrest.
FRA’s boys are currently third in the Division II-A team standings at 313 (+40) — 25 strokes off first-place St. George’s — while DCA, led by sophomore Reece Bodiford’s five-over 77, is fourth at 333 (+45).
FRA’s Josh Holtschlag, who shot seven-over 79, is tied for eighth in the individual standings.
Reach Michael Murphy at 615-478-2481 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports.