Coed Varsity Golf · Girls golf, freshman Morrell advance to region tournament next week

Covid-19 has had an impact on many aspects of our lives this year. It’s proven to be quite a large obstacle for many sports teams, but one sport at Bearden that hasn’t been impacted that greatly is the golf team.

There have been many safety precautions taken across all sports to ensure a safe way for the players to keep enjoying the sports they love. Fortunately for the golf team, the sport itself already lends itself to those precautions.

“Covid-19 hasn’t affected us too much,” Coach Tyler Lane said. “As a sport that is naturally socially distanced, we haven’t been affected as much.”

The girls advanced to the region tournament on Monday at the Wind River Golf Course, and freshman Jaden Morrell advanced as an individual.

Both the girls and boys golf teams have had good seasons with standouts such as junior captain Sydney Branson and Maya Hira for the girls team and Morrell and Logan Roddy for the boys team.

At the 5Star Preps Invitational, Branson shot a career tournament low on nine holes (38), 18 holes (80), and for a two-day tournament, shooting an 84 and 80. Meanwhile, Hira was the team’s leader in stroke average.

For the second straight year, Roddy was one shot away from qualifying for regions.

“Freshman Jaden Morrell was one of the best players in Knoxville and had a standout performance in the Cats and Dogs Invitational shooting 69 and tieing for 1st place,” Coach Lane said.

The girls team finished in second place in the district tournament on Wednesday, while the boys finished sixth.