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Herrington and Terry are the leaders ahead of the final day of the Tennessee State Open
Herrington and Terry are the leaders ahead of the final day of the Tennessee State Open

Jackson Herrington, a freshman in Tennessee, is co-leader at the Tennessee State Open at 10 under par


Jackson Herrington, a freshman in Tennessee, is co-leader at the Tennessee State Open at 10 under par


Photo by Tennessee Golf Association

Don’t let Jackson Herrington’s age fool you. Although he’s only 18, his golf skills and maturity on the course are well above average for his age. Despite only recently graduating from high school, the Dickson resident has proven he can easily compete with the big boys.

This became clear in late May when Herrington, along with Blades Brown of Brentwood, another Tennessee golf prodigy, reached the final of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship outside Philadelphia.

He also finished third at the Tennessee Junior Amateur earlier this year and second at the Dustin Johnson World Junior after finishing third at last year’s Jones Cup Junior Invitational. It goes without saying that the powerful left-hander is used to seeing his name at the top of the leaderboard whenever he tees off.

This trend continued on Wednesday at the 75th.th The Tennessee State Open Championship is being played in Herrington’s hometown at GreyStone Golf Club. After starting his round on the 10th hole, the rising freshman from the University of Tennessee completed his final nine holes with a brilliant 29.

Herrington finished his round with two eagles on holes 8 and 9 for a score of 7-under 64, putting him level with first-round leader Ryan Terry of Brentwood at 10 under par heading into Thursday’s final round.

Terry put together a decent round of 68 strokes, collecting four birdies and a single bogey that day.

Hayden Hunneke of Hixson is alone in third place at 9 under par. The Baylor School graduate, who turned professional last year, shot a 4-under-par 67 for the second day in a row, thanks to an eagle on the 12th hole, along with three birdies and a bogey.

Ben Wolcott, who finished second behind his brother Hunter in the 2023 event, shot 3 under par and 68 strokes to finish 8 under par, good for fourth place.

Six golfers are three strokes back and tied for fifth place at 7 under par. Two of them – professional Josh Bevell of Nashville and former Baylor player Haden Maxwell of Soddy-Daisy – posted rounds of 65 under par on Wednesday. Others at 7 under par include professional Zac Radford of Brentwood, professional Billy Tom Sargent of Dickson, professional Tre Mullins of Knoxville and amateur Jeff Reuter of Humboldt.

With 19 golfers within six strokes of the co-leaders, fireworks are expected at GreyStone on Wednesday. Last year, the final round on the same course produced scores of 59, 60 and 61, with Hunter Wolcott posting a final score of 22 under par.

The cutline was set at 2 over par, with 66 golfers advancing to the final round, including former champions Nolan Ray (2021), Brad Hawkins (2022), Jonathan Fly (2011) and Grant Leaver (2010).

Professionals have won all but one of the last ten championships; the last amateur winner at The Grove was Joey Savoie in 2018.

Participants from Chattanooga: In addition to Hunneke, five other competitors with ties to Chattanooga made the cut. Former Baylor golfer Blake Maum and University of Tennessee Chattanooga senior Braedon Wear are at 2 under par (T28); Ooltewah’s Keoni Vidrine and UTC’s Dalton Chuba are at 1 under par (T43) and former Chattanooga Christian golfer Jonathan Xoinis is at 2 over par (T60).

For complete results, see Tennessee State Open Results

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You can reach Paul Payne at [email protected].

Former Baylor School golfer Hayden Hunneke is one stroke behind the leader heading into the final round


Former Baylor School golfer Hayden Hunneke is one stroke behind the leader heading into the final round

Photo by Tennessee Golf Association

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