Lady Warhawks finish runner-up at state

Veterans High’s girls fared best among the county schools competing in the GHSA state golf tourney May 21 and 22.

The Lady Warhawks, who entered the tournament as the Area 1-AAAAA champions, finished runner-up. They shot 505 as a team, carding 253 on the first day and 252 on the second. Starr’s Mill, with the 11 qualifying teams playing on the course at Braelinn Golf Club in Peachtree City, was first. It finished with a team score of 478.

Mailey Buzzell was Veterans’ highest individual finisher. She shot a two-day total of 160, eight strokes back of Starr’s Mills Liza Eubanks, who led the field in that category.

The Warhawks, playing at Planterra Ridge Golf Club, which is also in Peachtree City, finished in a tie for ninth with Buford. They had a two-day total of 668 (340/328). Starr’s Mill was the champion there as well with 598.

At the AAAAAA class, Houston County’s boys were 10th. They shot 314 on day one and 313 the second day for a total of 627. Johns Creek was first with 577.

Hilton Beck led the Bears, who finished Area 1-AAAAAA as runner-up to Glynn Academy. Beck finished in a tie with three other golfers for 18th. He shot 74, 76 for a total of 150.

The Lady Bears did not qualify as a team but had Ansley Garland to compete individually. She was 47th – tied with two others – and with a total of 197. Northside also didn’t qualify as a team, but was represented by A.J. Jackson. Jackson was the low medalist for 1-AAAAAA but in the tournament came in 64th. Her two-day total was 253. All AAAAAA competitors did so on Jekyll Island’s course.

Perry’s girls and boys both qualified for the tournament – third and fifth, respectively for Area 1-AAAA (1-AAAA, according to the GHSA website). The Panthers, competing at Achasta Golf Club in Dahlonega, finished 15th. They shot 336 as a team. Columbus, with an impressive 10-under par, was first at 278.

Payne Sells was Perry’s top finisher. He was tied for 20th with a 75.

The Lady Panthers were at Innsbruck Resort and Golf Club in Helen. They finished 18th with a total of 387. Woodward Academy was first with 232.

Laura Silverstruck led Perry’s effort. She finished tied for 58th, with a score of 121.