DeKalb County High School junior, Payne Denman, claimed the TSSAA Class A-AA State Tournament Championship, as he shot an even-par 72 on Wednesday at Old Fort Golf Course in Murfreesboro. Denman's score, combined with the five-under-par 67 he posted on Tuesday, gave him a two-day score of 139 for the tournament, which was four strokes better than second place, Greg Kitts of Anderson County, who shot a 144.
Denman's State Tournament title gives DeKalb County High School its first TSSAA State Tournament Championship in any on-the-field related sport.
As a team, the Tigers finished third in the Class A-AA field for the second year in a row. The DC boys shared the overall lead with Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) after day one, but the Tigers fell short after shooting a 327 on Wednesday. The Tigers had posted a 303 on Tuesday. Anderson County finished in second place.
Austin Garrett and Logan Clark each posted an 85 in Wednesday's round, while Grant James shot an 87.
Meanwhile, DCHS senior, Shay Sullivan, finished fourth in the ladies' division, with a final tally of 154. Sullivan moved up four spots after day one, as she was eighth coming into Wednesday's action after shooting a 79 on Tuesday. Sullivan posted a 75 on the second day of tournament play. Notre Dame's Shelby Gilbert won the tournament for the second year in a row, as she shot a 142 to out-distance University School of Jackson's Katherine Bell and Hume-Fogg's Blake Childress, who each shot a 149.
You can log on to www.tssaa.org to get complete results on the Class A-AA State Golf Tournament.