Local trio win at Springbrook TGA stop
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May 30, 2014 | 754 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A trio of local players brought home first-place trophies from the TGA Junior Tour stop in Niota Thursday.

Ten-year-old Kyndall Shamblin continued to dominate her older golfing competition, claiming her second Girls 12-18 Tour Division title of the week, while fellow Bradley Countians Rheagan Hall and Matthew Marino notched their first victories of the summer tour at the Springbrook Golf and Country Club.

Four other local linksters — Dylan Lillard, Tripp Hall, Luke Neighbors and Heather Ellis — earned runner-up awards, while Tucker Jones and Seth Neighbors brought the final count to nine Top 3 finishes.

After winning the same 18-hole classification by seven strokes Tuesday at Moccasin Bend in Chattanooga, Shamblin claimed a two-stroke win Thursday, firing a 9-over 81 on the 4,890-yard Springbrook layout. The Prospect Elementary rising fifth-grader held off Carly Swabe from Madisonville, who carded an 83, as well as five other competitors.

Rheagan Hall, who competed in the inaugural National Drive, Chip and Putt contest at Augusta National earlier this year, ran away with the Girls 15-under Masters crown, also carding a 9-over 81. The rising ninth-grader finished 13 strokes ahead of second place Mattie Cardin from Englewood.

Marino had to win a scorecard playoff to earn the top spot in the Boys 10-13 Tour class, as he and Pikeville’s Kevin Rothwell both shot 11-over 47s in the nine-hole competition. Seth Neighbors of Cleveland finished third in the same race with a 64.

Lillard, a junior at Walker Valley, tied with Tanner Harris of Athens in second place in the Boys 13-15 Masters division. The pair fired 5-over 77s, putting them just a stroke behind Riceville’s Cade Puryear, who shot a 76. Drew Linkous, also from Cleveland, was fifth in the class with an 83.

Charleston’s Tripp Hall finished as the runner-up in the Boys 8-9 Micro with a nine-hole 58, while Luke Neighbors carded a 54 for second place in the Boys 10-11 Micro. Ellis, from Benton, was the runner-up in the Girls 16-18 Masters with a 102.

Jones competed in the Boys 16-18 Masters division, posting an 87 for his third place finish, eight strokes back of Riceville’s Paul Houk, who shot 79.

In the Boys 13-under Masters, Cleveland’s Gage Brakebill came in fourth with a nine-hole 47, while John Houk of Riceville tied for second with a 38.

Kiana and Mattea Hooper, from Georgetown, finished fifth and sixth in the Girls 12-18 Tour nine-hole division with scores of 64 and 66 respectively.

Caleb Craig and Matthew Maynard came in seventh and eighth in the Boys 16-18 Tour class with tallies f 102 and 106 respectively.

At the TaylorMade Championship at Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester, Walker Valley junior Katie Medley came in 24th in the Girls 16-18 Masters division with a 79-89 — 168 total in the two-day event.