NASHVILLE — Lafayette 12-year-old Maddox Crowder played in the Tennessean/Metro Parks Schooldays Golf Tournament, which was held at McCabe Golf Course, for the first time on June 5.

The 12-year-old didn’t have many preconceived notions.

“I honestly didn’t have a clue,” Crowder said. “I was just doing to come out here and play my game and see how it would go.”

It went relatively well for the rising sixth-grader as he managed to qualify for match play in the 94th annual tournament’s 12-13-year-old age division.

Four boys in that age group moved on to last Wednesday’s match-play semifinals. All four of those advancing were in Crowder’s foursome for the stroke-play round, with the other three being 13 years old. 

Franklin 13-year-old Ethon Stanford III was the medalist in that division with a round of 70, and Springfield 13-year-old Tyler Williamson and Nashville 13-year-old Jack Taylor each shot 72.

Crowder recovered from a 39 on his front nine to shoot 34 on the back nine, which was actually the middle course at McCabe. His 34 was the best score among his age group on the middle course.

Crowder was one stroke under par over his final nine holes, with two of his three birdies coming during that stretch.

“On the front, I left a bunch of putts short,” Crowder said. “My chipping and putting, I couldn’t get it close. My wedges were ok. My driver, I hit most of the fairways.

“Putting on the back (nine) was better.”

Macon County High rising sophomore Isaac Meador shot 73, missing the cut in the boys 14-17-year-old age group by two strokes. Eight golfers tied at 71, but DeKalb County High rising senior Isaac Walker was the only of those individuals advancing to the match play round of 16 in that division. The other 15 boys in that age group moving on shot 70 or better.

Meador was two over par on the front nine and one over on the back nine. He had two birdies in his round.

Macon County High rising senior Landon Polston wasn’t able to replicate last year’s success, shooting 76.

Polston qualified for match play last June by posting a round of 69, and then, he won his match-play opener.

However, Polston shot 40 on the front nine last Tuesday to take himself out of contention.

Two other Macon County High golfers – rising junior Hayden Shockley and rising freshman Matthew Henderson – shot 78 and 79, respectively.

Four boys – Brentwood High rising senior Trenton Johnson, Houston County High rising senior Morgan Robinson, Hendersonville High rising junior Logan Spurrier and Clarksville Academy rising freshman Patton Samuels – posted the low round of the day among the boys, shooting 66.

All eight girls who qualified for match play posted under-par scores.

Two-time defending champion Ashley Gilliam and Carthage 13-year-old Sophie Linder shot a course-record of 62, and Gallatin 14-year-old Kynadie Adams posted a bogey-free round of 63.

Macon County rising senior Carson Roddy was 15th, shooting 80, and Tigerette rising junior McKaylee Mix shot 85.

Stroke-play results from the Tennessean/Metro Parks Schooldays Golf Tournament from the match-play qualifiers and area golfers

Boys

Trenton Johnson|33-33 66

Morgan Robinson|33-33 66

Logan Spurrier|32-34 66

Patton Samuels|32-34 66

Alex McClimans|35-32 67

Lane Hooper|33-34 67

Lincoln Haymaker|33-34 67

Jack Morris|33-34 67

Colton Werner|33-35 68

Drew Howard|35-35 70

Joe Stanley|35-35 70

Collier Thompson|35-35 70

Trey Melvin|35-35 70

Sam Banks|35-35 70

Evan Anderson|34-36 70

# Ethan Stanford III|36-34 70

Issac Walker|36-35 71

# Jack Taylor|36-36 72

# Tyler Williamson|37-35 72

# Maddox Crowder|34-39 73

Isaac Meador|37-36 73

Landon Polston|40-36 76

Hayden Shockley|40-38 78

Matthew Henderson|41-38 79

Girls

Ashley Gilliam|31-31 62

Sophie Linder|31-31 62

Kynadie Adams|32-31 63

Catherine Caudill|32-33 65

Angelina Chan|32-34 66

Lynn Lim|34-33 67

Sadie Pan|35-34 69

Shelly Jang|34-35 69

Carson Roddy|40-40 80

McKaylee Mix|43-43 85

# match-play qualifier in 12-13-year-old age division