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Strong start boosts Wood to TC Junior title

By Jeff Birchfield • Jul 29, 2019 at 9:18 PM

BRISTOL, Va. — Zachary Wood played it right down the middle to win the 16-18 boys division title during Monday’s Tri-Cities PGA Junior Amateur Championship at The Virginian.

The Greeneville golfer missed only one fairway and one green his entire round. He made three birdies on the front nine.

“I got off to a good start on the front and that was needed because the back played a lot tougher,” said Wood, who finished with a 1-over 73 for a three-shot win. “The pins were very difficult, on the edge of the green, on a slope, and the greens were quick. The greens rolled out a lot on the chips and didn’t check, so you had to allow for that. It was key today to keep it in play.”

Seth Robinette birdied the first hole during a four-man playoff to finish as runner-up. The Blountville golfer who attends Sullivan Central shot a 4-over 76 to finish in a tie with Kingsport’s Zachery Fletcher and Taylor Kilgore and Johnson City’s Jacob Oakley after regulation.

“I was lucky that putt went it because if it hadn’t, it was going 6 feet by the hole,” Robinette said. “The greens were fast and the pins were in some challenging locations. It was good it went in.”

Pujan Shah of Johnson City was sixth at 5-over 77.


Noelia Adkins of Bristol shot a 4-over 76 to win by one stroke over twin sister Isabella Adkins in the 12-18 girls division.

Leading her sister by one heading to the 18th hole, Noelia recorded a birdie to win a back-and-forth battle between the Tennessee High juniors.

“She birdied the last hole, so I had to birdie the last hole,” Noelia said. “It was very exciting, probably the most pressure situation I’ve had going into the last hole.”

Madeline Simcox of Bristol finished third after a 79, followed by Johnson City’s Mattie Janutolo at 82.


Aidan Collier of Greeneville shot a 77 to win by two strokes in the 13-15 boys division.

Matthew Hogan won in a playoff over fellow Johnson City golfer William Sanders in the 10-13 boys division.

Jonesborough’s Paul Haire (10-11 boys), Kingsport’s Jayden Foster (8-9 boys) and Johnson City’s Chloe Bray (12-18 girls, nine holes) also emerged as champions.



Tri-Cities PGA Junior Amateur Championship

Monday, July 29

At The Virginian Golf Club, Bristol, Va.

Par 72

Boys 16-18

(x-finished second in a playoff)

Zachary Wood, Greeneville 73

x-Seth Robinette, Blountville 76

Taylor Kilgore, Kingsport 76

Caleb Oakley, Johnson City 76

Zachery Fletcher, Kingsport 76

Pujan Shah, Johnson City 77

Peyton Humphries, Greeneville 78

Carter Beach, Greeneville 80

Carter Counts, Johnson City 82

William Karst, Kingsport 83

Luke Wallen, Hiltons 87

Nicholas Brock, Gray 87

Hendrix Price, Johnson City 87

Boys 13-15

Aidan Collier, Greeneville 77

John Cheek, Johnson City 79

Aiden Hyder, Gray 79

Dougie Fezell, Greeneville 79

Rickey Compton, Greeneville 81

Caleb Brummitt, Abingdon 81

Alexander Broyles, Greeneville 83

Arnav Jain, Johnson City 86

Caleb Royston, Blountville 89

Arshaam Kordamiri, Johnson City 90

Boys 10-13

Matthew Hogan, Johnson City 36

William Sanders, Johnson City 36

Conner Brummitt, Abingdon 37

Grant McCall, Richlands 38

Will Wells, Jonesborough 39

Jalen Welch, Johnson City 40

James Gayle, Bristol, Va. 45

Briar Davis, Church Hill 45

Tucker McLain, Church Hill 45

Boys 10-11

Paul Haire, Jonesborough 44

Hunter Crist, Bristol, Va. 45

Cole Shankle, Gray 59

Boys 8-9

Jayden Foster, Kingsport 37

Nathan Howlett, Greeneville 50

Bryson Hardin, Roan Mountain 51

Girls 12-18 (18 holes)

Noelia Adkins, Bristol 76

Isabella Adkins, Bristol 77

Madeline Simcox, Bristol 79

Mattie Janutolo, Johnson City 82

Olivia Baker, Jonesville 92

Lily Self, Bristol DNF

Girls 12-18 (9 holes)

Chloe Bray, Johnson City 42

Rachel Smith, Johnson City 47

Elsie Lunsford, Jonesborough 51

Haddie Lunsford, Jonesborough 59

Josie Herndon, Kingsport 65

Tessa Herndon, Kingsport 67