Cross, Witucki are champions

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 03:47 PM

Spencer Cross was left wondering what could've been if he had made a few more putts for the second straight day.

The Sevier County freshman still went home as county champion with an even-par 37 on the front nine of the Highlands Course at the Sevierville Golf Club.

“I'm hitting a lot of greens right now,” Cross said. “I think I hit all of them except one today. … If I could've made some more putts I could've been a lot lower.”

That has to be a scary thought for the rest of the county over the next three years. There could be even more McNelly-Whaley Sevier County High School Golf Championships in Cross' future.

Another freshman, Seymour's Katelyn Witucki, set herself up for the same kind of future by winning the girls championship. Like Cross, her 46 wasn't perfect but it was good enough to win.

“It feels really good,” Witucki said. “I don't know. I can't explain it. It's special.”

Sevier County took the boys team title with a three-day total of 464. Seymour was second with 475.

Three of the top five girls were Eagles, leading Seymour to the girls title with a 262-296 edge over Gatlinburg-Pittman. The Highlanders' Chelsey James said the Eagles' depth can be tough to overcome.

“They practice a lot,” James said. “I think practice is definitely the key. Seymour produces very good golf players.”

Turns out Sevier County isn't bad either after Cross and Ben Huskey finished 1-2 in the boys standings. Both shot 37 on Thursday. Smoky Bears coach Chad Owenby said Cross stayed steady on three courses this week.

“For a 14-year-old, he just keeps his composure so well," Owenby said. "He just doesn't let anything affect him. He's fun to watch to play. … He hits the ball as crisp as any freshman I've ever watched around here.”