published Friday, September 7th, 2012

Baylor sweeps City Prep Championship

Baylor's Blakesly Warren watches her tee shot at No. 10  in the City Prep Golf Championship Thursday at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay.
Baylor's Blakesly Warren watches her tee shot at No. 10 in the City Prep Golf Championship Thursday at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay.
Photo by Tim Barber.

Baylor golfers Blakesly Warren and Lauren Johnson shared the girls' medalist title of the City Prep Championship held Thursday at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay.

Coach Gary Partrick said they would be co-medalists and there would not be a playoff.

After shooting 3-over-par 75s, the girls determined the champion on their own — by thumb-wrestling. Unofficially, Warren won.

Baylor senior Mikey Feher and McCallie senior Andrew Weathers settled their tie in a more traditional golf format — sudden death.

After shooting 2-under 70s during regulation, both parred par-4 No. 1 and birdied the par-5 No. 2 with Weathers scrambling to get up and down.

Feher won with a par on the third hole, getting up and down from behind the green. Weathers flubbed a chip from beside the green and missed the tying putt.

"It's not the way I wanted it to finish, but a win is a win," said Feher, who dreaded plans to do English homework in the evening. "I hit fairways and greens and hoped that Andrew didn't hit it closer."

The individual medalists helped Baylor claim both team titles. In a change this year, only four boys played and all four scores counted; five played with four counting in the past.

"That's a lot of pressure on the kids because every hole counts, every shot counts," Partrick said. "They have to play unselfish, and they did that."

The Baylor boys shot a 3-over 291 to beat McCallie by nine shots. McMinn County finished third at 304, while Notre Dame and Walker Valley tied for fourth at 305.

McMinn County's Drew Mays finished third individually. A three-way tie for fourth at even par included Baylor's Nic Vandeventer, McMinn's Will Zabo and Walker Valley's Garrett Cantrell.

"Winning the team trophy is always great," said Feher, who was part of the 2011 Baylor sweep.

The 75s from Warren and Johnson topped the Signal Mountain duo of Haley Davidson and Bethany Burns by 17 shots. Walker Valley finished third at 176, and Boyd-Buchanan was fourth at 180.

Ooltewah's Samantha Griffith placed third individually, followed by Baylor's Natalie Javadi in fourth at 79. Davidson and Lydia Triplett of Polk County tied for fifth at 80.

"All of our team broke 80, and Coach said he'd buy us dinner if we did that," Johnson said. "We're pushing for Hennen's."

Partrick nixed that grand dream in a hurry but said, "We played really well today and we have good chemistry right now, and it's really fun to be around these kids right now. They're all playing this as a team sport and not an individual sport."

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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