Monday Sequoyah played in Day 1 of the AAAAAA State Championship at the Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville. Eighteen schools are participating along with several individual golfers in the 36 hole tournament. The Chiefs entered their first State Tournament in more than 20 years with little expectations by the high school golf community (note the school name spelling on the leaderboard). Sequoyah was seeded 18th in the 18 team field in the first day and was the first team to tee off Monday.
The boys set a goal to score better than 3 or 4 other teams on day one, and they did well by claiming 14th place after the first 18 holes. All 6 of the golfers scored better than their season averages. Freshmen Brock O’Conner and Joseph Trlica shot 91 and 90. The Ryans – Ryan Medlin (Sr) and Ryan Wakefield (Soph) carded 86 and 85. The team’s top two golfers, Hunter Clay (Jr) and Thomas Brumbeloe (Soph), had set a goal to shoot 75 or better, and both golfers played some great golf in less than perfect conditions including a rain delay of more than 2 hours. Clay finished at +3 for a 75, and Brumbeloe who had 9 straight pars to open the day, finished with a +1 73. Brumbeloe is tied for 14th among the 115 golfers while the team is also in 14th place scoring better than 4 other teams.
Rain is expected on Tuesday and the schedule has already been changed 3 times to deal with the storms. While each of the boys had good scores on Monday, each one believes he can score better on day 2. Sequoyah earned some recognition with the first day performance especially for such a young team, and the Chiefs are striving to move up on the leaderboard a bit more on Tuesday. Follow on Twitter Tuesday at #SHSGoChiefs.