Craig Harris/Macon County Times Isaac Meador watches his putt on the first hole of his round.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Isaac Meador watches his putt on the first hole of his round.

NASHVILLE -- Isaac Meador didn't play a practice round at McCabe Golf Course prior to his opening round at the Tennessean/Metro Parks Schooldays Golf Tournament.

That seemed evident initially as the 16-year-old struggled at the outset of the event's stroke-play qualifying round.

However, Meador didn't let those early struggles deter him as he shot five under par over his final 15 holes, qualifying for match play after posting a score of 68.

"It was bogey, par, bogey," Meador said. "The course is pretty short.

"Once that happened, I just kind of laughed it off. I had two or three (missed) putts on the first three holes. My speed was a little off. After hole three, I birdied hole four, a par-five. I actually missed a 20-foot eagle putt. Hole four got me going."

That birdie was the first of four that he had in his round.

"I felt pretty solid," Meador said. "On the (driving) range, I felt good. I didn't mishit any. I rolled it good on the putting green. I had some confidence going in. I knew I could birdie any hole on the course.

"You can't let one hole bring you down."

Meador also had four bogeys, but he sank a 10-foot putt for eagle on the par-five second hole on McCabe's south course (the 11th hole of his round).

Meador made birdies on his eighth, ninth and 10th holes before sinking the eagle putt on hole No. 11.

"There are a couple of holes where you tee your driver up and try to drive the green," Meador said. "After hole 13, I was five under (par). All I was thinking about was (shooting) 29 on the back side. I was going to grip it and rip it, but I found the trees and ended up taking a bogey there (on the 14th hole)."

A year ago, Meador shot 73, and the cut for match play was at 71.

"No doubt about it ... match play is fun," Meador said. "It's a different kind of golf. You can be aggressive or let them sit back and make the mistake. In stroke play, you play the course. You play it different when you're playing somebody one-on-one.

"Making it to match play makes me feel like I'm getting my name out there."

Meador was one of three golfers to shoot 68, along with Portland 16-year-old Kobe Hill and Clarksville 16-year-old Aidan Baker.

Lebanon 17-year-old Mark McDearman was the boys medalist, posting a 65 (34-31).

Hartsville 17-year-old Trey Melvin shot 66 (32-34).

Like Meador, Lafayette 13-year-old Maddox Crowder didn't play a practice round at McCabe either.

However, Crowder advanced to match play again by shooting 71.

"My driver was sprayed," Crowder said. "My irons were pretty good. I hit them solid in the middle of the green. My wedges were pretty good. My putter was off and on."

Crowder produced an even-par total of 35 on the front nine -- which was played on McCabe's south course -- followed by a 36 on the back nine (middle course).

"It's a fun course," Crowder said. "They say it's wide open. It's not really wide open. You still have to hit your driver down the middle (of the fairway). From there on, it's easy.

"It's who makes the most putts."

Crowder played in a threesome along with Franklin 12-year-old Will Pinson and Nolensville 13-year-old Luke Beadles. Pinson was the medalist in the 12-13-year-old division, shooting 69.

Like Crowder, Beadles shot 71.

"I've played with them in plenty of tournaments," Crowder said. "It's more enjoyable."

The fourth match-play qualifier in that age group was Ace Hogg, who shot 84.

Crowder had three birdies and three bogeys in his round. He was two-under-par through 14 holes, but a bogey on the 15th hole and a double bogey on 16 hindered his score. Crowder had birdie opportunities on the final two holes of his round that touched the cup before rolling aside.

"It's enjoyable," Crowder said. "I like this course. I wish I played it more. It's fun."

Crowder -- a rising seventh-grader at Macon County Junior High School -- shot 73 in his opening round last year before going on to win the tournament title.

"It's not really (pressure)," Crowder said. "I just try to play my golf and let whatever happens happen."

Crowder was one of five area golfers competing in the event.

Macon County High senior McKaylee Mix shot 79 (40-39). The cutoff to qualify for one of the eight match-play spots in the girls division was 76.

Mix shot 85 a year ago.

Smithville 17-year-old Anna Chew and Nashville 13-year-old Jackie Henderson both shot 70 to tie for medalist honors, but Henderson was awarded the top seed for match play due to winning a scorecard playoff.

Macon County High senior Hayden Shockley posted a 78 (35-43), and Macon County High sophomore Matthew Henderson shot 81 (41-40).

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

Boys

Mark McDearman|34-31 65

Trey Melvin|32-34 66

Isaac Meador|34-34 68

Aidan Baker|34-34 68

Kobe Hill|34-34 68

# Will Pinson|34-35 69

Alex McClimans|36-34 70

Troup Wallace|36-34 70

Landon Word|37-34 71

# Maddox Crowder|36-35 71

# Luke Beadles|35-36 71

Dylan Cottrell|36-35 71

Colton Werner|35-36 71

Tyler Williamson|37-35 72

Grey Goodwin|36-36 72

Tripp Gassie|38-34 72

Zane Johnson|36-36 72

Bo Morgan|37-36 73

Luke Fontechia|37-36 73

Hayden Shockley|35-43 78

Matthew Henderson|41-40 81

# Ace Hogg|46-38 84

Girls

Jackie Henderson|36-34 70

Anna Chew|35-35 70

Mary Griffin|34-37 71

Kallie Robertson|38-35 73

Weatherly Spence|40-34 74

Gigi Powers|40-35 75

Abigail Gornicki|38-37 75

Ava Bankston|38-38 76

McKaylee Mix|40-39 79

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