Five West Wilson golfers have been named to the first-ever Golf Coaches Association of Tennessee Middle School Scholar Athlete team.
Twenty seventh- and eighth-graders from across Tennessee were nominated after posting a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher, earned a letter, displayed high moral character and were nominated by their coach, who must be a GCAT member.
West Wilson eighth-graders Alec Harper and Vitrag Patel and seventh-grader Andrew Lena made the boys’ team.
They were joined by eighth-graders Morgan Bertoldi and Meryl Castle on the girls’ side.
Area pros place in top 10 in Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA — Mt. Juliet’s Loren Personett finished in a tie for sixth place and Audie Johnson in a seventh-place deadlock in another division of the Ira Templeton Chattanooga Open on Monday and Tuesday.
Personnet shot an even-par 140 to finish in a four-way tie for sixth place, eight strokes off the pace, in the regular division. Lebanon’s Ryan Botts carded a 3-over 143.
Audie Johnson, a Mt. Juliet resident who recently left Lebanon Golf & Country Club as a golf pro for a similar position in Nashville, shot a 3-over 143 to finish in a four-way tie for seventh, five strokes back, in the senior division.
Wilson County well represented on TGA Jr. Tour
HENDERSONVILLE — Eight golfers from Wilson County took on Country Hills Golf Course on Tuesday as part of the TGA Junior Tour.
Mt. Juliet’s Lise Malherbe enjoyed the best day by tying for third place in the girls’ 16-18 masters with a 79, six strokes off the pace.
Lebanon’s Charlie Booher II was almost as good with an 84 in the boys’ 16-18 tour, good for fourth place, 10 strokes back.
Payton Winn of Lebanon was seventh in the boys’ 16-18 masters with an 85, 11 strokes back.
Mt. Juliet’s Andrew Lena finished in a ninth-place tie in the boys’ 13-15 tour with a 99. Also in that division, Mt. Juliet’s Hunter Bankston turned in a 100, Lebanon’s Ethan Mabry a 107, Lebanon’s Tyler Jo Anderson a 117 and Lebanon’s Shade Anderson a 127.