Amazing Grace: Freshman-led Abingdon wins M7 title

Kevin Mays • Sep 24, 2019 at 11:39 PM

ABINGDON — Abingdon freshman Grace Addison finished with her best score on her home course Tuesday, and it could not have come at a better time.

Addison shot a 3-over 75 to win medalist honors in the Mountain 7 District golf championships at Glenrochie Country Club and help the Falcons claim the tournament title. The two-time defending VHSL Class 3 champions posted a team score of 326.

The freshman said a strong start helped her game.

“I started off pretty good. I had some holes that could have gone better. I had a couple of three-putts. Overall, it was a pretty solid round,” Addison said. “I just tried to hit as many fairways and greens in regulation and I didn’t try to play out of my comfort zone.”

Abingdon won the regular-season district title to clinch a spot in the Region 3D tournament on Oct. 1 at the Golf Club of Bristol.

Will Watson shot an 80, Will Austin finished with an 81 and Dalton Minnick posted a 90 for Abingdon.


Gate City, led by Luke Wallen’s 84, finished second Tuesday with a 369.

Brevan Spivey had a 90, Katelynn Parton shot 95 and Evan Lane posted a 100 for the Blue Devils.

Gate City finished as the top Class 2 team in the Mountain 7 during the regular season to secure a spot in the Region 2D tournament Oct. 1 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Jonesville.

The fight to become the second Class 2 team to advance to regionals went down to the final hole.

Sarah Vaughn needed a combined 12 on the last two holes she played to lift Lee High past Wise Central and John Battle. She shot a 6 on both holes to give the Generals a 391 total and edge Central and John Battle by one stroke.

“I felt like I’d been 10 rounds myself in this one,” said Lee coach Barry Audia, a former professional boxer. “My kids came out and told me what we needed to have and (Vaughn) needed to make a total of 12 over the last two holes and she hit right at 12.

“Really at the first of the year we weren’t picked to do anything than maybe finish in the cellar. It’s just amazing,” Audia said.

The trip to the regional tournament is the first for Lee High since 2009.


In addition to Gate City and Lee High advancing, five individuals not on either team earned berths in the Region 2D tournament.

Central’s Jack England shot a 78 to lead the group of five golfers qualifying as individuals.

The others were Union’s Luke Needham (87), John Battle’s Gideon Arnold (93) and Andrew Crowder (94) and Central’s Robbie Wilson (98).

Mountain 7 District Golf Championships

At Glenrochie Country Club, Abingdon


ABINGDON (326) — Grace Addison 75, Will Watson 80, Will Austin 81, Dalton Minnick 90, Katie Hall 91, Marcus French 92.

GATE CITY (369) — Luke Wallen 84, Brevan Spivey 90, Katelyn Parton 95, Evan Lane 100, Colin Keller 101. Ethan Dishner 106,

LEE HIGH (391) — Olivia Baker 89, Caleb Leonard 94, Robbie Burchett 101, Sarah Vaughn 107, Mason Taylor 114.

JOHN BATTLE (392) — Gideon Arnold 93, Andrew Crowder 94, Chase Ratliff 101, Reed Samuel 104, Hudson Crabtree 106, Parker Smith 113.

WISE CENTRAL (392) — Jack England 78, Robbie Wilson 98, Hunter Louden 106, Graham Kennedy 110, Casey Dotson 110, Gavin Dotson 111.

UNION (408) — Luke Needham 87, Aaron Mullins 105, Luke Slagle 107, Devan Young 109, Koby Poff 115, Grant Wilson 119.

RIDGEVIEW (471) — Chance Robinette 110, Dalton Austin 114, Clay 123, Dylan Dooley 124, Tyler Bowen 124, Colton Younce 126.


(Top five individuals not on the top two teams qualify for Region 2D tournament)

Jack England, Wise Central 78

Luke Needham, Union 87

Gideon Arnold, John Battle 93

Andrew Crowder, John Battle 94

Robbie Wilson, Wise Central 98

All-Mountain 7 District Team

Grace Addison, Abingdon 75

Jack England, Wise Central 78

Will Watson, Abingdon 80

Will Austin, Abingdon 81

Luke Walton, Gate City 84

Luke Needham, Union 87

Olivia Baker, Lee High 89