Payne Denman shot a 4-under-par 68, and helped lead the DeKalb County High School Tiger golf team to their second straight appearance at the State Golf Tournament, which will be played next Tuesday and Wednesday at the Old Fort Golf Course in Murfreesboro.
Denman also claimed top individual medalist honors for the second straight year. Teammate Austin Garrett, who won the District Tournament last week, finished second in the Region, with a score of 72. As a team, the Tigers shot a 308, just one stroke better than Station Camp, who had a 309, for the Region crown and the State berth.
Grant James was next in line for the Tigers with a 77, while Logan Clark shot a 91. Among the other teams at the event, Portland finished third with a 327, Macon County shot a 354m Livingston Academy tallied a 356, while Jackson County shot a 359.
Meanwhile, Lady Tiger senior, Shay Sullivan, earned a berth to State for the third year in a row. Sullivan shot a 75 to win the Region's top individual medalist honor, which secured her berth in the State Tournament, next week. Sullivan won the event by three strokes over Katie Legge of Portland, who shot a 78.
The Lady Tigers, however, were knocked out of the post-season, as a team, as they finished fourth in the Region Tournament. The DC girls shot a 187, which was 25 strokes behind tournament winner, Portland, who finished with a 162. Monterey was second with a 176, followed by Clarkrange with a 185. DeKalb was next, followed by Station Camp with a 221, and Merrol-Hyde with a 243.
The Lady Tigers' season ends with a match record of 14-24. The Tigers will enter the State Tournament with a 39-18 record. The DeKalb boys finished third in the event, last year.