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Sycamore Golf Season Off to Solid Start, Carmack Sets Sights on State

Cillian Carmack, a home-schooled sophomore, plays on the Sycamore Golf Team (Photo: Jenny Mabry)

The golf team at Sycamore High School is off to a solid start with talent and promise coming from both new and returning players.

The team's oldest veteran, junior Maddox Mabry, has been offering up consistency, turning in mid-40s round every match. Three returning sophomores, Ava Kilgore, Grayson Ruffin, and Tucker Adkins have started the year off solid according to Tim Terry, the team's head coach. Additionally, two "very promising" freshmen, Nate Batson and Isabelle Harris, came out of the gate shooting in the mid and low 40's.

This season, the team also welcomed newcomers Turner Adkins, sophomore, and freshman George Sprinkle. Adkins, Terry reports, has made great strides to bring his score down; Terry notes that Sprinkle has improved his accuracy and distance since the beginning of the season.

Relatively new to golf but not remotely short on talent, sophomore Cillian Carmack has set his sights on making an appearance at the state tournament this year. Only beginning his golf journey 15 short months ago, Carmack has already built up quite the resume. In addition to winning all five matches he has played so far for Sycamore High, he won Sneds Tour events at Paris Landing, Cattails at Meadow View, and the Johnson City Country Club over the summer. Between this season and last, he has also hit 3 hole-in-ones.

"In one year, Cillian (Carmack) has gone from a bogey golfer to a scratch golfer," Terry says. "He has made tremendous gains and has a great shot to make it to state if he stays consistent. We understand that we have some stiff competition and are aware of who we have to out-score to get there."

"I think our team can make it to regionals this season," Carmack says. "We still have to keep working to get there, but I believe we can get to that spot. My personal goal is to make it to state this year."

"None of this would be possible without Mr. Jonathan who provides our team a great course and practice facility," Carmack adds about Jonathan Williams, owner of Nashville National Golf Links in Joelton where he is currently employed.

Carmack will celebrate his 16th birthday on September 1.


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