By TOM WOOD
For the Knoxville News Sentinel
MANCHESTER — Fist pumps are out of character for Davis Shore, but the normally ice-cool junior from Christian Academy of Knoxville had good reason to let loose with one Wednesday at WillowBrook Golf Club.
With back-to-back birdies on the final holes of regulation, Shore successfully defended his Class A-AA state boys individual championship. The comeback victory sealed what amounted to a Triple Crown for CAK, which swept the boys and girls team titles.
“That was awesome, I will never forget this,” said Shore, an Alabama commitment. “I’ve always dreamed of winning a team championship.
“I was really behind the entire time, and I just had a feeling that I was going to be able to do it. I saw a line (on those putts) and they went in.”
Shore made a clutch 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation for a 3-under-par 69 to set the stage for a playoff with first-round leader Davis Armstrong of Lipscomb Academy. Shore’s first uppercut fist pump came moments before Armstrong missed a birdie putt and tapped in for par for a 71 to assure the playoff.
Less than a half-hour later, Shore made a similar putt from about the same distance, eliciting another fist pump, to put the pressure on Armstrong. This time, Armstrong’s putt broke left to end the match.
Both finished regulation at 3-under 141.
“That just shows you the type of player Davis is,” CAK coach Hank Fennell said. “When all else fails — he’s not hitting well, not putting well, he’s not feeling it — he finds a way to get it done.
“That’s something you can’t teach, something you’ve got. And he’s got it. It’s huge (for CAK golf). The kids put so much work into this.”
CAK entered the final round trailing Sullivan South by 10 shots and CPA by five. But the Warriors caught both teams on the front nine and finished with a 10-shot win over CPA.
The Warriors shot a team score of 33-over 609. Sullivan South (620) was third. McMinn Central (715) was eighth.
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