Veterans’ girls earned a runner-up finish at the GHSA Class AAAAA state golf tournament help Monday-Tuesday at various golf courses around the state.
Their competition held at Oak Mountain Golf Club in Carrollton, the Lady Warhawks shot 245 in Round 1. That was just five off of eventual champion Starr’s Mill. The problem was the Lady Panthers knocked off six strokes – carded a 234 – on day two, while Veterans went in the opposite direction. Its girls shot 250. Their final was 495. Starr’s Mill shot 474.
Ware County, of the 15 schools, was third with 510. It was followed by Union Grove at 560 and Harris County, 569, to round out the top five.
Jocelyn Gao of Starr’s Mill and Kylee Wheeler of Ware County tied for low medalist. Their total gross was 155.
Mailey Buzzell led the Lady Warhawks. She was seventh overall. She shot 78 in the first round and 85 in the second for a grand total of 163. Alyssa Julien was 10th with a two-day total of 167. Anna Thorne was 12th at 170 and Cassidy Erickson 13th with 171.
Veterans’ boys were 10th in their bracket. Their match was played at Sunset Hills Country Club, also in Carrollton. The Warhawks had a two-day total of 679. Starr’s Mill was again first. It had 595. Ola, of the 10 teams total, was second with 605, followed by Statesboro with 610, McIntosh with 621 and Carrollton with 633.
Jackson Lawlor for McIntosh was low medalist. He shot 71, 70, respectively. Jason Cruise was the top Warhawk. He shot 160 and was tied for 28th.
Also, Warner Robins didn’t have its “team” qualified, but Trey Odom did qualify individually. He shot 76, 75 for a two-day total of 151, and was 12th out of the 65 golfers.
At Class AAAA played at Columbus Country Club in Columbus, Perry’s boys posted a 13th-place finish. The Panthers, of the 15 teams, shot 343 – over one day. Columbus was first with 279. Marist was second with 294, followed by Woodward Academy with 295, Lafayette with 297 and St. Pius X with 299.
Daniel McKenzie of St. Pius X was low medalist with 67. Payne Sells was the Panthers’ best finisher. He was tied with seven others after shooting 78.
Finally, Houston County was 12th at the Class AAAAAA tournament played at Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville.
The Bears shot 617. Johns Creek was first with 579, followed by Creekview (582), Lakeside, Evans (583), Gainesville (584) and Cambridge (589).
Brady Keran of Creekview was low medalist with 140. Hilton Beck led the Bears. He shot 73, 75 for a 148 and finished in a tie with three others for 26th.