Channing Blevins (copy)

George Wythe’s Channing Blevins

WYTHEVILLE — What will carding three eagles on the front nine do to a golfer’s score?

Ask George Wythe’s Channing Blevins.

The reigning VHSL Class 1 state champion fired a 9-under-par 61 Thursday to win the individual title and lead the Maroons to the team championship in the Woodford Classic at Wytheville Golf Club.

Blevins eagled the par-4 third hole with a chip-in from the fairway, followed by an eagle putt on the par-5 4th and another chip from the fairway on the par-4 ninth.

He missed a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 18 for a round of 60 that would have tied him with last year’s winner, Abingdon’s Conner Creasy.

Jefferson Forest’s Garnet Manley III shot a 63 in his first look at the course to place second. East Tennessee State recruit Jack Tickle of Tennessee High in Bristol was second at 65.

The Maroons shot a four-man score of 278, good for a 29-stroke win over Abingdon. Jefferson Forest was third at 301.


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