published Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Baylor, Maum win DII-AA golf state

Baylor's Blake Maum watches his drive head down the fairway of hole 17 during the final round of the Division II golf championship at Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester, Tenn.
Baylor's Blake Maum watches his drive head down the fairway of hole 17 during the final round of the Division II golf championship at Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester, Tenn.
Photo by Jake Daniels.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Baylor senior Blake Maum had a little incentive to perform well at the Division II-AA state golf tournament.

"A girl said she'd go on a date with me if I played well," Maum joked. "We're not naming names, but she's a student at Baylor."

They didn't discuss how many dates he would get for being the medalist. They can talk about it after their first one because Maum shot a 5-under-par 139 for two rounds to finish first individually and help Baylor win the team championship Tuesday at Willowbrook Golf Club.

The senior-led Red Raiders followed a 3-over 291 Monday with a 4-over 292 to top defending champion McCallie by 11 strokes.

"It's a tradition to win state championship, and in high school that's the top of the line," Maum said. "It doesn't get much better than that. It's tradition to win at Baylor, and it's great to get one back after a long drought."

By long, Maum means since his eighth-grade year, when the Raiders beat Memphis University School by five shots. By tradition, he means the school's 16th boys' golf championship, which is eight more than the next-best TSSAA member.

"We have three seniors and all three played like seniors today," Baylor coach Gary Partrick said. "We haven't played in any two-day tournaments, so I didn't quite know what to expect. They seemed loose today. I didn't sense any apprehension or nerves."

McCallie senior Andrew Weathers shook off Monday's nerves to shoot a 4-under 68 on Tuesday and finish runner-up to Maum at 142 in his last high school tournament.

"Andrew was stout today and focused like I've never seen before," Blue Tornado coach Tony Meyers said. "What hurts me the most is watching seniors. I walked out with Case [White] and walked in with Andrew.

"They've been a part of three region, two state championships and a state runner-up."

Baylor senior Mikey Feher and McCallie junior Tucker Snipes tied for sixth at 148.

"Coming down the stretch, I didn't think we were going to win, so it was a constant grind," Feher said. "This entire year we've gone back and forth with McCallie. The best part is being an underdog and coming out on top."

McCallie made a furious run at the Red Raiders early Tuesday and trimmed the lead to five strokes as the lead groups approached the 16th green. But the Tornado gave some strokes away down the difficult closing stretch.

Maum helped ensure his medalist title by sticking a 130-yard approach with a 52-degree wedge to within three inches of the hole at the par-5 16th. He tapped in for birdie -- the last of his high school career.

"That's when it really hit me," Maum said. "I got a little emotional after that shot and had to hold it back. It hit me that we're going to win this thing."

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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