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State champions fall to Thomson by 1 stroke

Thomson High School's golf team defeated Lakeside, last year's Class 4A state champion, 164 to 165 on March 17 at Belle Meade Country Club.

Ethan Chamineak, Thomson' No. 1 golfer, shot 3-over par 39 but would have shot par if he hadn't had a triple bogey on No. 3, Thomson coach Chris Hodges said.

"He's having trouble with one hole out of nine," Hodges said. "We have to eliminate that hole."

Jackson Douglas also fired a 39, including a birdie on No. 2, for the Bulldogs, runners-up in their conference last year.

Hodges was pleased with Douglas' score because the senior hadn't played well in Tuesday's triangular match against Greenbrier and Westside at Belle Meade.

Completing the scoring for Thomson were Jason English, 42; and Justin Waller, 44. Charlie Barmore shot 45, and Jonathan Douglas had 61. Only the top four count in team scoring.

"It's pretty good," Hodges said about the win. "We're happy any time we can get a win. We can play better. We have a tendency to play poor early and play better later on. By region, we're playing pretty good."

Hodges said golf is a skill-based sport.

"It's based on touch," he said. "It's all feel (around the greens). We're getting better around the green."

Web posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011

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