After winning by just a single stroke against Hampton a year ago, the Bucs romped to a 25- stroke victory over the Bulldogs at Monday’s Small Schools District 1 Golf Championships at Elizabethton Golf Course.
UH golfers Daxx Carr was the boys’ individual medalist with a 3-over 75 and Mattie Janutolo shot an 83 to win the girls’ title for a third straight year.
Carr had four birdies in his round as well as a difficult 25-foot par putt on hole No. 17.
“Everything went well today,” Carr said. “I had some great chips and some nice long putts. My drives were staying in the middle and the course was in great shape, so everything was really good.
“That putt on 17, that was one of my better putts. I saw the green and I lined up the putt perfectly. I putted right where the hole was and it went right in.”
Besides Carr’s low score, the Bucs got an 84 from Charlie Vargo and 90s from Vijay Ananthula and Matthew Carter for the team score of 339. Colin Daniel’s 94 didn’t count toward the team total.
“I’m extremely proud of our boys team and what they were able to accomplish and Mattie who has continued to show such consistency over the past three years,” University High coach Justin Penley said.
“Daxx was outstanding today, very consistent throughout his round. He has that capability and he proved it. He’s strong off the tee. He’s worked on his short-iron game and he’s good on the green, which he was able to roll in some long putts.
“Whenever you have good kids who see the value of hard work,” Penley added, “it’s able to pay off for them in the end.”
Hampton finished as runner-up at 364 and Johnson County was third at 421. They were the only teams in the competition with participation at the tournament at a low.
Izaak Hill shot an 83 and Mitchell Tolley posted an 88 for the Bulldogs. The trio of Avery Hill, Matt Hughes and R.J. Tolley rounded out the efforts for Hampton.
Reise Stout led the third-place Longhorns with his 92.
Sullivan North golfers competing as individuals were David Howell, Garrett Layne and Howie McDavid.
Janutolo, who made three birdies, finished 10 strokes better than second-place Karius Tillman of Chuckey-Doak.
“My putting really helped today,” Janutolo said. “The greens were in such good condition after all the rain. They were running pretty smooth and pretty quick.”
Tillman paired her round of 93 with a 97 score by Madison Painter to give the Lady Knights a 190-233 win over Hampton in the team competition.
Unaka finished in third place after a 242.
University High didn’t field a girls team.
ON TO REGIONALS
Because of the low turnout, every golfer in the district tournament qualified for next Monday’s Region 1 event at Clinchview Golf Club in Bean Station.
Small Schools District 1 Golf Championships
At Elizabethton Golf Course
(Top 4 scores count toward team total)
UNIVERSITY HIGH (339)
Charlie Vargo 84, Colin Daniel 90, Daxx Carr 75, Vijay Ananthula 90, Matthew Carter 90
Izaak Hill 83, Mitchell Tolley 88, Avery Hill 92, Matt Hughes 103, R.J. Tolley 101
JOHNSON COUNTY (421)
Reise Stout 92, Jayden Joiner 119, Gavin Reece 100, Petie Pavusek 100, Jackson Mays 121
David Howell, Sullivan North — 134
Garrett Layne, Sullivan North — 138
Howie McDavid, Sullivan North — 142
Ethan Smith, Chuckey-Doak WD
(Top 2 scores count toward team total)
Karius Tillman 93, Madison Painter 97
Tala Pierce 114, Jayln Hill 109, Ashley Woodlyn 128
Zoie Grindstaff 118, Sadie Shoun 124, Taylor Shanks 126
Mattie Janutolo, University High — 83