The White House Heritage boys golf team is heading to the state championship for the first time in school history.

The Patriots shot a team score of 332 to win the Region 5 – Division I Small Class championship on Sept. 30 at Montgomery Bell Golf Course in Dickson. Heritage has now won the district championship, region championship and advanced to the state championship this season – all program firsts.

“I love watching them play,” Heritage coach Emily Nicholson said. “They’re excited to have all these firsts. They’ve worked really hard all season to get here.”

Brooklyn Spicer qualified for the 2017 TSSAA golf championship, but Heritage has never sent an entire team. Nicholson said she knew the Patriots were talented when she took the coaching job in July, replacing Mike Petrone.

“I was really excited to take over this program because it was left in really good shape,” Nicholson said. “I knew what kind of players we had.”

Carter Mason finished with a team-low score of 78. That was good for fourth place overall. Alec Spears shot an 84, while Cole Baker and Gavin Holland both carded an 85. Ian Messina rounded out the Patriot lineup with an 87.

“We had really consistent scores,” Nicholson said. “No one shot in the 90s – that’s great for us. They’re putting in the work every day.”

The state championship is set for Oct. 8-9 at WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester. The Patriots took part in a practice round on Monday and will play 18 holes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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