MANCHESTER, Tenn. -- Five teams started the final round of the Division II-AA state golf tournament Tuesday with a shot at hoisting the trophy.
"It turned into a one-team race," Baylor coach Gary Partrick said. "Four teams jogged and one team sprinted."
The sprinter was Memphis University School.
The Owls shot a 1-under-par 287 for a two-day total of 588 at Willowbrook to win their first state championship since 1996.
"Our seniors did a tremendous job of assuring them that they'd play well today," MUS coach Cliff Frisby said while holding the trophy. "Our headmaster [Ellis Haguewood] will be extremely happy."
Baylor shot 301 in the final round and was the runner-up with a 599. Briarcrest placed third at 600.
"We did not lose, because MUS played fabulous," Partrick said. "We didn't finish worse than second any time we teed it up all year. We had a good day when we needed a great day."
McCallie and Ensworth tied for fourth at 607 after each shot 306 in the final round. MBA rounded out the field with a 612.
"I thought going in that 292 was the number that we needed to shoot," McCallie coach Tony Meyers said. "I was right on the number, but I had the wrong team. MUS played outstanding.
"It was a great day to battle it out."
MUS junior Hays Moreland was the medalist with rounds of 71 and 3-under 69. He closed his round eagle, birdie, par.
McCallie senior Patrick McDonald finished runner-up after starting the day with a four-shot lead. He shot a final-round 75 and finished two strokes behind Moreland.
"I wish I could play the round over again," McDonald said. "I'm mainly disappointed because I know I'm better than what I shot."
Baylor sophomore Oliver Simonsen, who played in the final group with Moreland, was tied with Moreland through 34 of the 36 holes. But Moreland birdied the 35th hole and Simonsen bogeyed the last two.
"I birdied No. 7 and said that I wanted to par out to help the team, but a bogey, bogey finish doesn't feel too good," Simonsen said. "I have two more years and I can play a little better than I did this year."
It would be hard to play better than MUS did Tuesday.
"MUS beat us big time," Simonsen said. "We didn't play bad. I would rather us play better. But they played amazing."
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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 ...