|Published: 4:27 PM, 09/25/2012
||Last updated: 4:30 PM, 09/25/2012
Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
Cocke County High School golfer Cassidy Gibson began her quest for a TSSAA Class AAA state title this morning.
The annual tournament, held for the third straight year at Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester, began this morning at 8 a.m. (CST), with Gibson's foursome starting the event on the tenth hole at 9:20 a.m.
Playing partners for the Cocke County High School senior are Science Hill's Allison Woodward, Ooletwath High School's Samantha Griffith and Dickson County's Katie Story.
The group opens play o n the challenging back nine first. The back nine at Willowbrook includes a pair of par-5 and par-3 holes, and five par-4 holes and is loaded with bunkers and water hazards.
Gibson's group is the second lowest among ladies in terms of regional tournament scores.
The lowest average score group tees off at 9:40 a.m. on the front nine. TSSAA Class AAA 2011 state runner up, Samantha Gotcher of Clarksville leads the group, along with Farragut sophomore Teleri Hughes.
Erica Edwards of Riverdale and Sullivan South's Lacie York rounds out that group.
Gotcher and Hughes were the only two female golfers to turn in regional tournament scores lower than 75, with each having a round of 70.
Gibson and Edwards turned in the second lowest regional scores with rounds of 75. Woodward had a round of 76, while York and Griffith each fired a 77.
Golfers will hit the course on Wednesday for the final round of the event. Tee times will be announced on Tuesday afternoon.
For updates on Gibson's opening round, follow sports editor Seth Butler on Twitter @NPTSethButler and check online at NewportPlainTalk.com
and the live leaderboard at TSSAA.org
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