The varsity boys and girls golf teams opened the TSSAA season in style by winning the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Invitational at Jackson Country Club on Monday. Senior Angelina Chan won her third straight FCA individual title, shooting 2 over par 75, and sophomore Tzunami Polito shot 77 to finish second. Freshman Emily Wilson rounded out the podium with a tie for third, shooting a career best 81. The Panthers finished 15 shots ahead of second place University School of Jackson.
On the boys side, the young Panthers shocked the field with a one stroke victory over Trinity Christian. Bucknell commit Josh Holtschlag, who captured his first individual title of the year, was the only player in the 68-player field to break par, finishing 2 under par 70. Sophomore Alex Mick posted a solid round of 78 to tie for sixth place; sophomore Aidan Call tied for eighth at 79; George Felker shot an 89 to finish 24th in his first varsity tournament; and sophomore Timothy Pinkston tied for 30th with a 91.
The Panthers will return to action on Thursday against USN.
The Panthers put on a show at the TSSAA Track and Field State Championships, which were held in Murfreesboro. Alexander Gales, Campbell Carroll, and Eric Stoxstill-Diggs were recently crowned state champions in their individual events, 19 members of the team medaled, and the boys team was the state runner up.
Senior Claire Luthy will play in the TSSAA Girls Tennis State Championships in Murfreesboro on Thursday, May 24, at Old Fort Park. Luthy, who was the middle region singles runner up, will have her first match at 10:30 a.m.
After taking a commanding lead with 87 points in the Region Championship Field Events, the FRA boys track squad returned to the track for the running finals and scored another 93 points for a total of 180 to capture the TSSAA Division II Class A Region Championship. The FRA girls team finished in fifth place as well out of a 12 team field. The Panthers have qualified six girls for the TSSAA State Championships in five events and the boys team qualified 12 boys in 20 events for the TSSAA State Championships. The TSSAA D-II Class A State Track & Field State Meet will be held at Middle Tennessee State University.