The Newnan Times-Herald


County qualifiers close out seasons with solid finishes

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 24, 2018 - 5:31 AM


For the second straight year, Mother Nature didn't provide any favors for Class 7A qualifiers at the GHSA State Boys Golf Champioships.

Constant rain showers kept players off the course at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie on Tuesday, eventually cancelling the last of two rounds of this year's state tournament.

That left the leaderboard from Round 1 as final while only able to complete 18 of the scheduled 36 holes.

East Coweta senior Carson Whitton finished tied for eighth overall with a 75, two strokes away from third place.

Whitton, who is headed to play for swing coach Dave Schreyer at Huntingdon College, had a card that included 14 pars and a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole.

Hometown competitor Tanner Brown of Colquitt County took advantage by earning low medalist honors at 2-under 70. Brown finished one stroke ahead of Mill Creek's Luka Karaulic.

Mill Creek, however, captured the team title for Class 7A boys, finishing one stroke ahead of host Colquitt in a 301-302 finish.

The Indians placed 17th out of 20 schools. Luke Underhill and Cade Treadwell finished with respective efforts of 83 and 84. Jake McCullough also scored with an 86.

Drew Jones and Brady Foster also competed for East Coweta and finished with scores of 88 and 94.

Northgate was represented by Sam Brummett individually at the Class 6A boys tournament held at Jekyll Island's Pine Mounds course while posting a pair of scores under 80 to finish tied for 18th in a competitive field.

Brummett came on strong in Tuesday's final round with a 73 that included 13 pars along with birdies on holes No. 11 and 16. He opened the first-round

with a 77 after qualifying individually at this year's Area 4-6A tournament with an identical score.

East Coweta and Northgate girls teams managed to complete both rounds of respective GHSA Class 7A and 6A tournaments over Monday and Tuesday, each while led by a 13th place finisher individually.

At Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton, Autumn Brown led the Lady Indians with a 13th-place effort in Class 7A. Brown improved on her first round by six strokes to close Tuesday with a 79 for a two-day total of 164.

East Coweta's girls finished ninth among 12 teams. Ashton Small and Emma Dietz added scores of 100 and 101 to add to the Lady Indians' scoring. Weslee Upchurch posted a 102 in competition.

North Gwinnett captured a one-stroke victory over Mill Creek for the 7A girls team title while also holding off a late surge from third-place Lambert.

At the Class 6A girls championship on Jekyll Island, Northgate's Michelle McGrath also finished strong, tying for 13th among over 70 competitors.

McGrath tied for the third-best round in Tuesday's final 18 holes with a 77 while moving up the leaderboard to finish with a two-day total of 163.

Her card on Tuesday included three birdies on the front nine on holes No. 1, 5 and 9, all of which are par 4s. McGrath had seven pars on the back nine.

The Lady Vikings finished ninth out of 17 teams. Michelle Hart posted identical rounds of 97 over the 36-hole championship to pace the scoring. Peyton Gaston was equally steady with scores of 99 and 98 over consecutive days.

Hart and Gaston finished 46th and 47th overall individually, while McKenzie Watt was 55th with a two-day total of 221.