MANCHESTER — Christ Presbyterian Academy junior Siarra Stout and Lipscomb senior Davis Armstrong both sit atop the individual leaderboards, while the CPA girls lead in the team standings after day one of the TSSAA Class A/AA Golf Championships at WillowBrook Golf Club.
Stout, the reigning Tennessean Girls Golfer of the Year, birdied two of her first three holes Tuesday, making the turn at 2-under. She cooled off a bit on the back stretch but finished at 2-over 74, positioning herself to win a second consecutive state title.
“It’s always helpful when you start out like that,” said Stout, who leads Christian Academy of Knoxville’s Emma Wasson by three strokes. “From there I just kept my composure. I struggled on the back a little bit when the wind picked up, but finished strong at the end by making some big putts.”
Meigs County’s Kaitlyn Sneed shot 6-under 78 — good enough for third — while CAK’s Caroline Cavin, Grainger’s Kristen Ankrom and Hickman County’s Madison Smith are each tied for fourth at 9-over 81.
“It does give me confidence,” Stout said, referring to last year’s championship. “You’ve got to carry yourself with confidence, saying ‘I can do it.’ I have done it.’”
Stout’s teammate, junior Sara Grace Black, finished tied for seventh (10-over), and the Lady Lions lead the team standings by two over CAK. Clarksville Academy is in fourth at 186 (42-over).
Armstrong, a Lipscomb University commitment, fired a 2-under 70 to claim a one-stroke lead for the boys.
His teammate, junior Paul Swindell, is tied for second at 1-under 71, along with Sullivan South’s Seth Worley and Gibson County’s Mason Chandler.
“Davis and Paul can compete with anyone,” Lipscomb coach Michael Mays said. “Really I think both of those guys feel like they had a lot of opportunities that they didn’t take advantage of today. … You can either use that or it can be to your detriment, but I think both of those guys, they have the right mentality.
“We’ll talk tonight, but I can almost guarantee that it will help their confidence because they know that they can score here.”
The Mustangs, coming off their fifth consecutive District 10-A/AA championship and a fourth straight Region 5-A/AA title, are fourth in the team standings at 325 (37-over).
Sullivan South’s 17-over 305 was good enough for first place — five strokes ahead of second-place CPA.
Grayson Davis and Gavin Clements each shot 3-over 75 for the Lions, while senior Luke Zieman, who finished third a season ago, carded an 82 (10-over) on Tuesday.
The final rounds for both girls and boys will begin Wednesday morning.
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