Justin Davenport liked his chances of reaching the TSSAA Boys State Golf Championship after playing a practice round at Bear Trace Golf Course at Harrison Bay - site of the Region 4 A-AA Boys Golf Championship.
Then, the tournament began in cold, rainy conditions Monday (Sept. 27).
Davenport's dream of becoming the second golfer from Cannon County to reach the state tournament fell just short after he battled the elements to shoot a 12-over 85. Davenport was six shots shy of advancing as an individual.
"Under the conditions we played in I thought he shot fairly well," Cannon County Head Golf Coach Ronnie Burks said. "The course was rain-soaked and it was cold. Play had to be suspended at times so it was difficult. It's very tough to get out of the region but Justin represented himself and our school very well. Justin has a strong to desire to win. He wants to win as much as anyone I've ever had."
Davenport, who advanced to the Region 4 A-AA Tournament for the second straight year, said it was more his play than the conditions that left him out in the cold. The top team and four individuals not on the winning team advance. Notre Dame won the team title. Davenport finished 17th overall out of the 34-player field.
"The course was really one of the easiest we have played this year but the weather did make it more difficult," Davenport said. "The course was fairly easy. I just didn't play well. I couldn't get off the tee and that's disappointing because my irons are good. I could not drive the ball and that put me in bad spots."
Despite his struggles striking the ball off of the tee, Davenport still rallied with a strong back nine and solid approach shots to keep himself in contention; however, a tough start on the front nine was too much to overcome.Region 4 A-AA Boys Golf Tournament
Bear Trace GC at Harrison Bay
Kyle Holley, Notre Dame 73
Petyon Broyles, Jackson Co. 73
David Weeks, Notre Dame 75
Logan Clark, DeKalb Co. 77
Sam Cass, Upperman 78
Patrick Armor, Notre Dame 79
Blake Boerger, Signal Mtn. 79
Justin Heady, Jackson Co. 79
Alex Ladd, Grundy Co. 80
Dalton Jolley, Livingston Acad. 80
Tevin Owens, DeKalb Co. 81
Tyler Carmichael, Signal Mtn. 81
Todd Krum, Notre Dame 83
Jackson Cooper, Signal Mtn. 83
Anthony Wolbright, Livingston Acad. 83
Hayden Ervin, DeKalb Co. 84
Justin Davenport, Cannon Co. 85
Nathan Swallow, Monterey 85
Austin Adkins, Signal Mtn. 85
Colby Reeder, Livingston Acad. 86
Cody Tate, Grundy Co. 89
Forrest Driver, Jackson Co. 89
Jeremy Tate, Friendship Christian 89
Luke Griffith, DeKalb Co. 89
Jared Gray, Livingston Acad. 92
Jordan Strong, Clay Co. 93
Garrett Campbell, Grundy Co. 94
Chase Caldwell, CCS, 95
Tarek Honeycutt, Grundy Co. 95
Hunter Giles, South Pittsburgh, 95
Tim Condra, Sequatchie Co. 96
Chris Little, CCS 98
Jerry Smith, Richard Hardy 104
Michael Huff, Jackson Co. 118