UTC's McLennan in Women's State Am final and other sports news

UTC's McLennan in Women's State Am final and other sports news

June 20th, 2014 by Staff Reports in Sportlocal

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golfer Emily McLennan will face Vanderbilt's Kendall Martindale from Jefferson City for the Tennessee Women's Amateur Championship this morning at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville. Martindale won this event in 2009 and 2011 and was the stroke-play medalist this week. Charleston's Maggie Scott will play Crossville's Jean Kraft in the first-flight final match, and Vonore's Bonnie Wood will take on Knoxville's Natalie Kratts for the second-flight title. Wood got there by forfeit; Kratts beat Chattanooga-area golfer Ryann McCuistion 3 and 2 in the semifinals Thursday. That was the same score by which Kraft advanced past Cleveland's Lisa Daubner and Scott got by Cookeville's Viola Greenwood. The championship division played two rounds for the second day in a row, and McLennan won 3 and 1 over Lee University golfer Sam Burrus from Nashville and 8 and 6 over Brentwood's Lynda Wimberly, who had edged Signal Mountain's Katherine Holmes 2 and 1. Martindale won in 19 holes against Knoxville's Allie Knight and 2 and 1 over Knoxville's Alexandra Newell, who won 1 up in the quarterfinals against just-finished Lee standout Courtney Shelton of Franklin.

• UTC golfer Chris Robb from Scotland moved into the round of 16 of the British Amateur Championship with a 3-and-2 win Thursday over Michele Cea of Italy at the Royal Portrush course in Northern Ireland, while Mocs teammate Liam Johnston, also from Scotland, lost 2 and 1 to Robin Dawson of Ireland. Robb won the first hole and never trailed, but the match was all square until he won three of four holes starting at No. 9. Johnston was down two after five holes but got even with three wins in five holes, fell behind again at No. 10, got even at 13 but lost holes 15 and 17. UTC's Zac Stolz shot a 2-under-par 70 Thursday at Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C., and is tied for 25th in the Rice Planter Amateur, and Stuart Thomas and Kory Webb shot 2-over-74s as they and fellow Mocs Wes Gosselin (77) and Andrew Weathers (79) began the Greystone Invitational in Birmingham.

Tennis

• Chattanooga's Wesley Cash will try today for his third consecutive USTA Men's 55 indoor national doubles championship, as he and Mike Tammen of Portland, Ore., take on the second-seeded duo of Californians Mike Fedderly and T. Lehto in Boise, Idaho. Cash and Tammen, the No. 1 seeds, won 6-3, 6-2 over Michael Megale of Boise and Myron Pushyk of Wichita, Kan., in the semifinals Thursday. Cash has been part of four-tournament national doubles slams the past two years as well as winning a singles title.

Swimming

• Robert Mason from Shepherd Hills competed in four swimming events in the Special Olympics National Games this week at Princeton University in New Jersey and earned two gold medals and a silver, all with personal-best times. Mason, 14, won gold in the 50 freestyle and butterfly events and took silver in the 100 free. The son of Brant and Linly Mason swims also for the Ridgeside Dolphins in the Chattanooga Area Swim League and for the Penguins Special Olympics team. He was among the statewide qualifiers in 2013 for a lottery that determined the six Tennessee swimmers in the 2014 national meet.

Academics

• A record number of 33 UTC athletes made the Academic All-Southern Conference team for 2014 spring sports, including SoCon champion golfer Emily McLennan and track and field athletes Patrick O'Brien and Helenka Kis with 4.0 cumulative grade point averages. The minimum GPA for inclusion is 3.3. Other all-conference honorees earning the academic honor included women's track freshman of the year Teghan Henderson, women's golfer of the year Jordan Britt, softball player Sam Taylor and women's tennis players Kaylene Chadwell, Claire Mulyadi, Alexa Flynn and Kayla Jones. The 33 spring honorees gave UTC a total of 81 counting fall and winter, breaking the old school-year record by three.