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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

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