Golfer of the year

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    Gordon Hulgan
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Gordon Hulgan

McCallie sophomore Gordon Hulgan became dazed after a fall at home the morning of the Division II East/Middle region tournament.

Coach Tony Meyers feared a concussion and called Hulgan’s mother, who took her son to be checked out. She later reported to Meyers that Hulgan broke a bone in his foot but would still play if he could.

He did. Hulgan shot a 3-over-par 75 while hobbling around the golf course to help McCallie win that championship.

“That was some serious adversity,” Meyers said. “I already had our sixth man ready to go because our fifth guy had a broken finger.”

Hulgan played a bigger role in the Blue Tornado winning the Division II-AA state championship less than two weeks later.

He shot a 3-under 69 on the first day. The second day was washed out, leaving Hulgan as the medalist at Willowbrook Golf Course. Hulgan said he was 3 under through 16 holes on the second day.

“We went out to eat, then we sat back and relaxed,” he recalled, “but when we went to school the next day, there were a bunch of ‘Congrats.’ I was pretty shocked. I didn’t think I could do it.”

Coach of the year

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    Coach Rodney Mitchell
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Tony Meyers

Most coaches would have panicked when learning that their best player hurt himself the morning of a region championship tournament.

McCallie’s Meyers had a backup plan, but he didn’t have to use it because Gordon Hulgan was able to limp around with a broken foot.

The Blue Tornado won that day. Then they went on to win the Tennessee Division II-AA state championship with a 5-under-par 283 that topped runners-up Battle Ground Academy and Christian Brothers by 19 shots.

“The way we ended the season was tremendous,” Meyers said. “We put it all together on the same day, and it was special to watch.”

The Tornado started the season with a runner-up finish in the Baylor Preview and tied for fourth at 304 in the City Prep championship.

“We had our ups and downs along the way,” Meyers said. “The kids believed we could finish strong after we won the region. Then they started pushing and chasing each other. They were competitive within the game.

“It was a fun year.”


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    Kyle Holley
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Kyle Holley

NOTRE DAME

Senior

He tied for ninth in the Tennessee A/AA state championship by shooting 6 over par.

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    Clark Melton
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Clark Melton

WALKER VALLEY

Senior

The Young Harris College signee placed fifth in the Class AAA state tournament at 1 over.

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    Brooks Thomas
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Brooks Thomas

RINGGOLD

Junior

He finished third in the Georgia Class AAA tournament with a 1 over at Augusta Country Club.

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    Andrew Weathers
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Andrew Weathers

McCALLIE

Junior

He tied for seventh in the Tennessee Division II-AA state tournament at 1-over 73.

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    David Weeks
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David Weeks

NOTRE DAME

Senior

He placed third in the Class A/AA state, leading the Irish to the team championship.


Second Team

McClean Davies Dalton Senior

Mikey Feher Baylor Junior

Zach Hester Soddy-Daisy Senior

Brandon Parrish North Murray Senior

Patrick Sims Dalton Junior

Case White McCallie Junior

Third Team

Jacob Clark Soddy-Daisy Senior

Colby Hipp North Murray Junior

Blake Maum Baylor Junior

Scott Stevens Chattanooga Christian Freshman

Ryne Thompson McMinn County Senior

Matt Wilson East Hamilton Sophomore

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