Despite suffering from a pesky cold, the Sullivan South junior got off to a strong start with three birdies over her first nine holes and went on to claim the individual medalist honors. Carter had five birdies total to finish at 3-under 69, three strokes ahead of Dobyns-Bennett’s Isabella van der Biest.
Monday’s finish followed a 1-2 showing by Carter and van der Biest in the Big 11 Conference championships.
“I made more birdie putts and more par putts,” Carter said of her opportunities on the green at Ridgefields. “Even though I missed a few short putts, I was able to keep it together and make the putts that I needed to. My proximity to the hole on my second shot was a lot higher than it has been.”
As a team, South finished two strokes behind winner Tennessee High, 153-155, in the overall competition. Kirstyn Moore contributed an 86 for the Lady Rebels and Erin Musick had a 90 that didn’t count toward in the team scores.
The Lady Vikings got a 75 from Madeline Simcox and a 78 from Isabella Adkins.
Third-place Dobyns-Bennett, which posted a 170, joined Tennessee High and South in advancing to next week’s Region 1 tournament at Morristown Country Club.
Two birdies and a double bogey highlighted van der Biest’s round. Erin Colhoun came through with a 98 and Natalie Seal had a 104 for the Lady Indians.
“I had a lot of pars, a really boring round,” van der Biest said. “I missed a lot of birdie putts I was expecting myself to make. I can’t complain about pars, but I was expecting to go a lot lower since this is my home course.
“I’m proud of my team. We’ve put a lot of work in and we’re excited to play in the region.”
Five girls qualified for the region tournament as individuals. Daniel Boone’s Mackenzie Miller led the contingent with 80, joined by Elizabethton’s Hannah Williams, Sullivan East’s Abigail Delaney, Science Hill’s Grace Smith and Daniel Boone’s Elsie Lunsford.
Lunsford won a playoff over Boone teammate Jenna Branum to advance to the region.
HILLTOPPERS WIN BOYS TITLE
Science Hill’s boys, who had the top two individuals, captured the team title 295-317 over runner-up Dobyns-Bennett.
Jackson Skeen shot a 2-under 70 to beat teammate Ross Boehling for medalist. Boehling shot 72.
Volunteer’s Jon Wes Lovelace made five birdies in his round of 73 to take third place. He said his finish came as a result of his short approach shots.
“I put some wedges close where I was able to make some birdies coming in the back nine,” Lovelace said.
“There are some good players here and it’s hard to get past here. Regionals are going to be even tougher. But I plan to play better at regionals and make it back to state like I did last year.”
D-B’s team total included William Karst’s 74, Taylor Kilgore’s 77, Zac Fletcher’s 81 and Luke Lett’s 85. Sam Barbour’s 92 didn’t count toward the team score. Karst, the team’s No. 1 golfer, was playing with a heavy heart after the death of his grandfather the night before.
“Overall, we will take it. What matters this point of the season is to survive and advance,” Indians coach Michael Holt said. “We’ve had some kids face adversity in their life today and show an immense amount of guts. I’m not just talking about the golf course. The kids battling showed a lot of guts and what they’re really about. That’s bigger than golf.”
Daniel Boone also qualified for regionals, edging Tennessee High 327-328 for third place. Noah Little had a 78, followed by John Hale and Aiden Hyder with a pair of 80s for the Trailblazers.
The five region individual qualifiers were Lovelace, Tennessee High’s Jack Tickle and Cole Self, Sullivan Central’s Seth Robinette and Elizabethton’s Carson Peters.
District 1 Large Schools Golf Championships
At Ridgefields Golf & Athletic Club
(x-individual medalist; r-individual region qualifier)
BOYS (Top 4 scores count toward team total)
SCIENCE HILL (295) — x-Jackson Skeen 70, Tarun Hoskere 76, Carter Counts 77, Ross Boehling 72, Jacob Oakley 86
DOBYNS-BENNETT (317) — William Karst 74, Zac Fletcher 81, Taylor Kilgore 77, Luke Lett 85, Sam Barbour 92
DANIEL BOONE (327) — John Hale 80, Noah Little 78, Dailey Carder 89, Aiden Hyder 80, Houston Carder 97
TENNESSEE HIGH (328) — r-Jack Tickle 73, Evan Jones 81, r-Cole Self 79, Brandon Istfan 95, Alex Jones 99
ELIZABETHTON (342) — r-Carson Peters 80, Cooper Tipton 85, Caleb Tipton 93, Padraig Murphy 86, Kerry Williams 91
VOLUNTEER (366) — r-Jon Wes Lovelace 73, Noah Gillespie 103, Tyler Evans 92, Brody Cloud 104, Gabe Goode 98
SULLIVAN CENTRAL (387) — r-Seth Robinette 75, Brady Sanders 91, Parker Leming 96, Will Akard 135, Tanner Stapleton 125
SULLIVAN EAST (389) — Joey Snyder 84, Justice Dillard 100, Jake Kyte 92, Perry Casaday 113, Seth Snyder 112
DAVID CROCKETT (398) — Seth Bible 83, Braden Clever 96, Justyn Forbes 112, Hunter Barker 107, William Bacon 114
SULLIVAN SOUTH (401) — Benjamin Kiser 95, Dylan Cowan 94, Grayson Manis 104, Logan Moore 108
UNICOI COUNTY (503) — Charlie Kirkland 14, Nicholas Bender 159, Ethan Peterson 123, Isaac Peterson 134, Carson Woodward 132
GIRLS (Top 2 scores count towards team total)
TENNESSEE HIGH (153) — Noelia Adkins 81, Madeline Simcox 75, Isabella Adkins 78
SULLIVAN SOUTH (155) — x-Kara Carter 69, Erin Musick 90, Kirstyn Moore 86
DOBYNS-BENNETT (170) — Isabella van der Biest 72, Erin Colhoun 98, Natalie Seal 104
DANIEL BOONE (178) — r-Mackenzie Miller 80, Jenna Branum 98, r-Elsie Lunsford 98
ELIZABETHTON (191) — r-Hannah Williams 92, Katelyn Kechter 99, Hannah McDonnell 104