Cougar golf played in the regional tournament today at Wind River in Loudon County, facing an extremely tough Farragut team with several senior golfers who are destined for Division 1 golf at major universities. Unfortunately the team road ended with the boys finishing in second place to that powerful Farragut squad.

The story was brighter individually for one Cougar golfer. David Bates fired a 72 to finish third individually. The top three individuals and one team go to state out of each region.

Bates headed into 17 two over par and headed into a stiff wind. He managed to birdie 17 to move to one over. The decisive hole turned out to be the 18th where Bates would need another birdie. “On my second shot I just went with a bigger club to drive into that wind. It was gusting to around 30 mph. I hit it straight and it just seemed to loft and then stop above the pin and drop. I was able to putt out for another birdie.” said Bates of his final hole.

Bates carded four birdies on the day. He described his play as “getting hot at the right time.”

The season ends for the remainder of the Cougar and Lady Cougar golfers but a dominant regular season and district tournament won’t soon be forgotten. The Cougars just happen to have to enter region play against the very best golfers the state has to offer, who in today’s case also live much closer to the Wind River course. Bates had only played it twice before in his career.

Congratulations to David and all Cougar golfers on a great 2020 season.