Covington junior Taylor Henderson nearly made it to the state golf tournament as a freshman, the year his teammate Scout Davis advanced and finished seventh.
Last year Henderson was two strokes away from advancing.
He finally broke through this season, taking fourth at the region tournament.
“It definitely felt good making it,” Henderson said.
Henderson, along with his parents and coach Brad Warmath, made the trip to Sevierville and competed in the Class A State Tournament last Thursday and Friday. He shot a 186 (91-95) to finish tied for 50th.
“I don’t think I played very well,” Henderson said. “That was one of hardest courses I’ve played for sure.”
Henderson birdied No. 4 and 18 on Thursday and had pars on six other holes.
He began playing golf at age two on the Covington Country Club course, where he still lives. He started playing competively at age seven, taking part in tournaments in Nashville and Memphis.
Henderson’s goal is to make it state again next year and fare a little better.
“It was a good experience playing with the best players in the state,” Henderson said. “I definitely want to play a lot better next year and place higher.”