Lipscomb Academy’s Dowling Armstrong fell short in his bid to win a third straight state golf tournament Wednesday afternoon.
The senior shot a 42 on the back nine for the second straight day at Willowbrook Course in Manchester. His 76-80 two-day score gave him 156 total for a disappointing 17th place finish in the TSSAA Class A/AA tourney.
Armstrong, a Lipscomb University commitment, had won the 2010 Georgia state championship as a sophomore and the Tennessee A/AA title last year.
But it wasn’t to be this week. His tournament began to unravel on the back nine Tuesday when he shot a nine on the 15th hole par 4 and finished with a first day 76.
Senior Logan Matthews, Dowling’s teammate, fired a 76-74 for 150, good for sixth place, while Christ Presbyterian Academy’s Scotty Hudson finished 11th with a 152.
Sydney Chang of Madison won the tournament with a 146 total, and Macon County won the boys team title, finishing five ahead of runner-up Alcoa, 619 to 624.
Signal Mountain won the girls team crown, finishing ahead of Macon County, 329 to 335. Joy Cooper of Hume-Fogg was the best Nashville individual finisher with a 182 total, which was good for a tie for 25th. Sophia Schubert of Christian Academy of Knoxville ran away with the individual girls title, 15 shots ahead Page’s Jessica Zweifel who was playing in her fourth state tournament.
• Reynolds leads Navy: Former Goodpasture Christian School quarterback Keenan Reynolds came off the bench and rallied Navy to a 28-21 overtime win over Air Force on Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo.
After starting quarterback Trey Miller left the game with an ankle injury, Reynolds, a freshman, came into the game early in the fourth quarter and drove the Midshipmen to the tying touchdown at 21-21.
Reynolds benefited from a bit of luck in overtime when, after driving Navy to the 1, he fumbled the snap. Lineman Jake Zuzek recovered in the end zone. The Navy defense then held Air Force on its overtime possession.
Reynolds, who went 3-for-3 passing for 55 yards and rushed for 22 yards, was named offensive MVP of the game.
• NCS captures district volleyball: Led by senior Brooke Fleeman, host Nashville Christian School defeated East Robertson 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 in the finals to win the District 10-A volleyball tournament for the second straight year Tuesday. Fleeman was named the tournament MVP.
The Eagles next play in the Region 5-A tournament on Monday.
• CPA reaches semis: Christ Presbyterian Academy, Hume-Fogg, M.L. King and Lipscomb Academy, the top four seeds, won in straight games to advance into Thursday’s semifinals of the District 10-AA volleyball tournament at CPA.
Top seed CPA, which finished 8-0 in the district, will meet Lipscomb at 4 p.m. Thursday followed by MLK vs. Hume-Fogg at 5:30 p.m. The championship match is at 7 p.m. and the top two teams advance to region.
• Cougars Roll: Goodpasture (36-3) defeated St. Benedict in two straight games to win the gold division last Saturday in the Mid-Town Volleyball Classic at A-Game Sportsplex in Brentwood.
Battle Ground Academy finished runner-up in the silver division of the tourney, falling to Harpeth in the finals, 17-15 in the third game. Anisa Moore led the Wildcats with 85 kills in their nine matches.
• Ensworth jumps to 22nd: Unbeaten Ensworth (8-0) jumped two places to No. 22 in this week’s USA Today Super 25 prep poll after its 35-7 win over Montgomery Bell Academy last Friday. Corn Elder rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns.
Ensworth takes Friday off before a huge showdown with Brentwood Academy (6-1) on Oct. 19.