Gary Baldwin will be making a return trip to the National Senior Olympics in Cleveland, Ohio, next month after a second place finish at the state competition.
Playing at the Pine Creek Golf Course in Mount Juliet, Baldwin earned a state silver medal with a two-day tally of 153, leaving him just one stroke shy of gold. Tullahoma’s Steve Cope claimed the top honor with a 152, while Brian Robbins of Jackson was the bronze medalist with a 157.
At the Tennessee Golf Association Women’s Amateur in Franklin, Cleveland legend Linda Mullins claimed an easy 6 and 5 victory over Barbara Richards of Nashville in their First Flight quarterfinal match-play battle. Mullins took on Anna Cunningham of Cookeville in the semifinals this morning. Cunningham advanced with a 4 and 3 victory over Hendersonville’s Laura Knight.
Franklin’s Siarra Stout, a 4 and 3 winner over Nashville’s Janice Sauter, and Ashley Gilliam of Manchester, who defeated Angel Cropper of Nashville 3 and 1, are the other two semifinalists.
In Second Flight play on the Vanderbilt Legends Club South Course, Cleveland’s Lisa Daubner dropped her quarterfinal match Wednesday by a 5 and 4 score to Angelina Chan of Franklin.
At the TGA Toyota Junior Tour stop at Valleybrook Golf and Country Club, Benton’s Danielle Bates earned top honors in the Girls 15-under Masters division with matching 47s for a three-stroke victory over Rheagan Hall of Charleston.
In the Girls 16-18 Masters, Cleveland High standout Heidi Barringer edged out Ooltewah’s Madison Balthrop by a stroke for second place with an 89. Morgan Kauffman of Knoxville won the division with an 82.
Walker Valley’s Dylan Lillard turned in an impressive 2-over 73, but had to settle for second place in the Boys 16-18 Masters as Benjamin Rebne of Ringgold, Ga., broke par with a 2-under 69. Cleveland’s Tucker Jones and Cory Rollins took third and fifth in the same division with respective scores of 82 and 91.
Nicklaus McCracken captured third place in the Boys 13-under Masters with a 47 nine-hole total, while Gage Brakebill was five strokes back of him to finish sixth. Matthew Marino and Jake Durgin, both of Cleveland, competed in the Boys 10-13 and 13-15 Tour divisions.