Addie Baggarly wins inaugural Tennessee Women's Match Play crown
BRENTWOOD – Having grown up playing in countless Tennessee Junior Golf and Tennessee Golf Association tournaments, Addie Baggarly truly values having her name on a state championship trophy.
This past week, she not only captured a TGA title, but made history in the process.
Baggarly defeated McKinley Cunningham 2&1 on Wednesday afternoon to claim the inaugural Tennessee Women’s Match Play championship at Brentwood Country Club.
“I’ve been competing in TGA championships since 2011, I believe,” said Baggarly, who recently finished up her playing career at the University of Florida. “I’ve came close to winning time and time again. It feels great to get a win, especially in an inaugural event."
Baggarly helped lead Science Hill High School to a state championship in 2013 before finishing her prep career at Tennessee High in Bristol. At Florida, she was named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2018 and received All-SEC honors in 2020. She also was a member of Team USA in the Arnold Palmer Cup that year.
The championship match saw stellar play from both Baggarly and Cunningham, who was a part of Ole Miss’s national championship squad as a freshman this past school year.
Baggarly won the first hole with a par, but the two finalists matched birdies on three of the next four holes.
Cunningham won holes 6 and 7 to move in front 1-up, but it was short-lived as Baggarly took the next two to go back up by one at the turn.
Baggarly increased her lead to 2-up on 13 but Cunningham got it back two holes later. Baggarly fired back with a dart on the par three 16th and won with birdie to make the match dorrmie. She closed it out with a par on 17.
“I get a little more aggressive in match play, which I should probably put into my stroke play game,” Baggarly said. “You’re playing your competitor and not necessarily the golf course. I think the match play format brings out the best in a lot of players"
The inaugural field featured 24 players divided into six pools. The four players in each pool played round-robin matches with the top points getter in each advancing to a six-player championship bracket. Baggarly and two-time Tennessee Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Jesse Lawley, the winner of Pool 1 and Pool 6 respectively, both received a bye into the bracket semifinals.
Caroline Caudill defeated Kendall Maynard 2-up in one of the first-round matches while Cunningham bested Lily Bloodworth 4&3 in the other.
Baggarly defeated Caudill 4&3 in the semifinals, while Cunningham beat Lawley 7&6