The Hilltoppers turned in a team score of 293 to win the event by 28 strokes over Morristown West and Knox Carter, who tied for second. Jackson Skeen led the ‘Toppers with a 3-under round of 69 on the difficult layout.
Carter Counts and Tarun Hoskere carded matching rounds of 74 and Gavin Nickels rounded out the scoring with a 4-over 76. Knox Carter’s Cooper Hayes ran away with the individual medalist honors thanks to a 5-under round of 67.
The victory earned Science Hill another shot at the state tournament. The Hilltoppers finished fifth in the state last year, and will be looking to improve on that result this year. In 2016, Science Hill came within a whisker of winning the state title before settling for a runner-up finish.
Meanwhile, Dobyns-Bennett won the girls’ regional tournament by six strokes to earn a trip to the state tournament. Science Hill’s Lillian Qin carded an 86 while playing as an individual while Daniel Boone’s Mackenzie Miller shot a 90 and Science Hill’s Grace Smith posted a 93.
This week’s 36-hole state tournament was set to start on Tuesday morning at the WIllowBrook Golf Club in Manchester, Tennessee.
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Science Hill claims district golf crown
Science Hill’s boys ran away from the field to win the District 1 golf tournament by 27 shots last week.
Gavin Nickels led the charge by firing a 4-under round of 68 at the Johnson City Country Club last Wednesday to earn medalist honors. His teammate Jackson Skeen carded a 2-under round of 70 while Carter Counts (77) and Sean Anderson (78) both fired sub-80 rounds to help Science Hill to a team total of 293.Tennessee High earned runner-up honors by shooting 320 as a team, edging out Dobyns-Bennett by one shot. All three teams advanced to the Region 1 tournament, which was scheduled to be played at the Blackthorn Club at the Ridges.
Daniel Boone had a pair of boys qualify for the regional tournament as individuals. Hunter Adams and Casey Whiting both qualified for the event by virtue of their scores in the district tournament.
On the girls’ side, Lillian Qin and Grace Smith of Science Hill qualified as individuals for this week’s regional tournament, as did Mackenzie Miller of Daniel Boone. Dobyns-Bennett won the girls’ title by four shots over runner-up Tennessee High.