Area golfers Rende, Pancake engaged
Former Soddy-Daisy and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golfer Derek Rende has known former Baylor School and Alabama golfer Brooke Pancake since their high school days.
They are now engaged.
Rende proposed to Pancake over the weekend, and she accepted.
"We are just enjoying engagement and all that goes along with it right now," Rende said in a text message Tuesday.
Pancake Open alternate
Pancake shot a 3-over-par 147 in a U.S. Women's Open sectional qualifier Monday at Druid Hills Golf Club and won a five-way playoff to be the first alternate for the USGA national championship.
Pancake shot a 74 in the morning and a 73 in the afternoon with former UTC golfer and longtime friend Tripp Harris as her caddie. Jane Park of California and Macarena Silva of Chile tied for medalist honors at 43. Pancake took the top alternate spot with a birdie on the first playoff hole.
Back has Open shot
Rossville resident Sung Back can be at least an alternate for U.S. Open sectional qualifying after a 1-over-par 73 in the 18-hole local qualifier Tuesday at Atlanta National Golf Club in Alpharetta, Ga. That tied him for seventh place with eight moving forward and two others getting the alternate spots, but darkness forced the playoff until today, starting at 8 a.m.
Chase Jones of Chatsworth tied for 12th at 74. Jordan Mitchell of Atlanta was the medalist with a 69.
Amateurs Robson Copenhaver of Scottsboro, Ala., and James White of Chattanooga had the best finishes among area golfers in an Open qualifier Monday at Marietta Country Club in Kennesaw with a 73 and a 74, but they did not make it through to the next step. Richard Swift of Australia was the medalist.
Flames not hot
Lee University's golf Flames didn't exactly sizzle Tuesday in the opening round of the NAIA national tournament at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, Ore. They shot a 304 and are tied for 16th place with Matt Emery leading the team with an even-par 72, good for a 13th-place tie individually.
JB Eksteen shot 74 and Hunter Vest added a 75, but freshmen Peyton Sliger and Florian Loutre opened at 83 and 85. Oklahoma City has a 14-stroke lead after one round.
"You can't count an 83 and expect to have a good team score," Lee coach John Maupin said. "We counted too many big numbers, and I thought we rushed too much at times."
Senior State Open
Bill Breen of Nashville won the Tennessee Senior State Open with a 146 (76-70) Monday and Tuesday at Crossville's Stonehenge course. Chattanooga amateur Tom Schreiner had the best finish of an area player, tying for eighth at 150. Crossville's Eddie Wyatt tied for 14th at 154, Athens' Mike Poe shared 17th at 155 and Riceville's Bob Rice tied for 22nd at 156.
Knoxville's Ron Kilgore won the super senior division with a 151, with Crossville's Stephen Kehrer second at 154 and Crossville's Tony Cox and Tullahoma's Don Midgett sharing fifth at 158.
SMI's deadline today
Applications for the Signal Mountain Invitational close today. The entry fee of $160 includes three rounds of competitive golf as well as the potential to win $750 in pro-shop credit for the championship-flight champion. Entry fees are lower for high school and college golfers.
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 ...