Forrest Atkins’s stellar run on the green this season has come to an end.
The Tellico Plains senior finished tied for 32nd place out of 64 golfers at the TSSAA Small Class Boys’ Championship, running from Tuesday and Wednesday at the WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester, Tennessee.
“He hit the ball very well, as well as anyone there, but struggled with his short game,” TPHS Athletic Director Shawn Yates said in a release. “That’s part of golf though, sometimes you just have a hard time making putts.
“I’m very proud of him. He has worked diligently to get to the level he is at and it has been a pleasure to see him improve the way he has.”
Atkins qualified for the state tournament last year as well.
He is the first Tellico boy golfer to qualify for state, according to Yates.
Atkins averaged scores of 58, 47, 42 and 37 his freshman, sophomore, junior and senior seasons at Tellico, respectively.
“He fell in love with the game and it became a passion for him,” Yates said. “It was fun to watch and shows that no matter where you are from you can accomplish great things with effort.”
Moses makes it to state
Sequoyah senior Macy Moses, a Carson-Newman golf commit, booked her own trip to the state tournament on Tuesday.
She finished as the third medalist in the Region 3 tournament at Cookeville’s Golden Eagle course with a score of 77, notching her spot as the second qualifier to advance to the TSSAA Large Class Girls’ Championship.
That tournament was to be played in Manchester Tuesday, Oct. 15, and today.