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April 16, 2013

Playing it cool

North Murray’s Hipp stays calm late, earns state invite

CHATSWORTH — Playing at the top of the lineup card for North Murray High School’s boys golf team isn’t new for Colby Hipp. He’s been in that spot for a couple of years now, and he has faced pressure during his four years with the Mountaineers.

So when the senior found himself down a stroke with one hole to play within his grouping of fellow No. 1 golfers at the Region 5-3A tournament Monday at Indian Trace Golf Course, Hipp didn’t falter.

Instead, he landed his tee shot to the back middle of the par-3 18th green and ran a 25-footer straight into the bottom of the cup to capture the birdie and win his grouping with a 2-over-par 74.

“I got away with some mistakes today, but I made some really good putts to make up for it,” Hipp said. “I was down a stroke to (Ringgold’s) Thomas Brooks going into 18, and that birdie turned it all around.

“I thought that was going to win it, and I think everyone thought the same thing.”

But it was the group behind him that produced the medalist.

Ringgold’s Jordan Estes — listed as the Tigers’ No. 2 golfer — shot a 1-over 73 to finish first and push the Tigers to a team score of 319, the region title and a second straight trip to the state tournament. Despite being edged by Estes for medalist honors, Hipp still qualified for state by having the lowest score from a non-qualifying team.

Sonoraville was second with a score of 337, finishing three strokes under the state sectional tournament qualifying score of 340. No other teams from the region will advance to the sectional. Coahulla Creek finished with a 376 for fourth place, while the Mountaineers had a 378 for fifth in the eight-team tournament.

With a variety of region tournaments scheduled over the next two weeks, Monday’s action teed off the postseason for area prep golf.

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