Oakland's golf team battled weather conditions and five other teams from both District 7 and District 8 Monday to take the Large Class Region title at Indian HIlls by two strokes over Siegel in a sudden-death playoff.
"Our three through five golfers helped us win this title," Oakland coach Shayne Martin said. "We have an opportunity to play for a team (state) title."
"I am proud of my boys for having an opportunity to win a region title," Siegel coach Dallas Hill said. "My number five golfer, Brayden Shockey, carded an 88 to force the playoff. I am not graduating a single boy this year,"
It was early in the day and the first couple groups trickled in with scores. It looked like Oakland would win the region title outright. Garrett Chumley, a UT-Martin commitment, carded a 2-under par 70 same as he did at the district tourney the previous week.
Mother Nature paid a visit as the sky opened up, which caused a 45- minute weather delay.
After a few squeegees on the course and more waiting by golfers and fans, they were sent back in the course to finish up.
A pair of 86s were brought in by Oakland's Jake Garland and Carter Stephens, while Jordan Phillips had a 93. Siegel was led by Ashton Stone with a 78, Reece Hardiman had an 82 and Ben LaLance had an 87. Shockey's 88 tied things at 335, and it was just a matter of a two-team or possibly a three-team playoff.
The scores came in and it was a two-team sudden death between the Stars and the Patriots.
The two teams of five played and they began on the par four first hole. After one hole it was still deadlocked so they moved to par five No. 8. Oakland made just enough good shots to win by two strokes, take the region title and with it a chance at the state team title.
"It would not be the same without my teammates," Chumbley said. "I would feel so alone. These other guys helped me make the state tournament. It is my last high school tournament so I am going to leave it all out there."
"We went out there and played our best," Stephens added. "I enjoy playing with this group of guys. We have been committed all year."
Other golfers who advanced to state were Lofton McRee of Blackman, who shot a 1-over par 73 and Stone of Siegel qualified with his 78 as did Eli White of Lawrence County.
"I saved my best until last," McCree said. "I birdied the first two holes 10 and 11 also 15. Had a couple bogeys but considering the conditions I just tried to keep it even all day."
On the girls’ side, Tullahoma advanced with a score of 162 to edge Lawrence County by two shots. Rachel Chan of Central Magnet was edged out by two shots as she shot a 90. Hannah Campbell of Shelbyville was the last individual to qualify with an 88.