Jake Headrick of Maryville and Grant Hirschman of Collierville shared the first-round lead in the 50th annual Tennessee Junior Amateur golf tournament Tuesday at Cleveland Country Club with 2-under-par 68s, and Knoxville's Jack Smith and Graham Gosselin were one shot back along with Kingsport's Cayman Ratliff and Brentwood's Garrison Hogan.
Sevierville's Benjamin Huskey is tied for seventh at 70 with Zach Polston of Lafayette, Tenn., and Lenoir City's Tanner Nelson is at 71 with Ben Carroll of Counce and Zach Haynes of Smyrna.
The closest area challengers were Gordon Hulgan and Mikey Feher, both from Signal Mountain, in an eight-way tie for 12th at 72. That group also included Feher's Baylor teammate Nic Vandeventer of Bristol. Chattanooga's Scott Stevens shot 73.
Chattanooga's Blakesly Warren and St. Andrew's-Sewanee golfer Jenna Burris from Manchester are tied for second with Covington's Aubree Jones at 2-over-par 74 after the opening round of the 50th Tennessee Girls Junior Amateur at Foxland Harbor in Gallatin. They are two shots behind Allyson Dunn of Kingsport in the 15-18 age division.
Two of Warren's Baylor teammates, Signal Mountain residents Lauren Johnson and Katherine Holmes, have a share of eighth at 76, and Ooltewah's Samantha Griffith shot 77.
Clarksville's Riley Cooper and Jonesborough's Addie Baggarly pace the 10-14 group with 78s. Signal Mountain's Bethany Burns is fourth at 81.
The 92nd Georgia State Amateur will begin Thursday at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw. Northwest Georgia participants include two-time champion David Noll Jr. of Dalton, who won in 2003 and 2011. Another Dalton participant in the four-day tournament is Robert Smith, while Rocky Face will be represented by Ethan Hayes and Tucker Snipes. Tyler Mitchell and Colby Hipp of Chatsworth and Sam Curtis and Chad Wilson of Calhoun also are entered.
Former Soddy-Daisy golfer Jessica Cathey was another area player named to the Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team last week. Cathey had a 3.93 grade point average in as a freshman business major at Austin Peay.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press is seeking input for the Scenic City 18, a project designed to combine the best golf holes from courses in the area into ideal 18-hole combinations.
One Scenic City 18 will feature holes from private courses. Another will cover public courses from as far south as Calhoun and north as Manchester, as far west as Fort Payne and eastward to Chatsworth.
To nominate your favorite golf hole, public or private, email David Uchiyama at firstname.lastname@example.org