BY Chris Goltermann
The only thing that seems to change as much at the GHSA State Golf Championships on a yearly basis is the conditions, which went from wet in 2018 to hot and humid this season.
The end result had scores a bit more on the rise with temperatures for local lineups. But they still managed to put together some solid individual efforts including one in the top half among team standings in Class 7A and Class 6A state tournaments.
Northgate senior Michelle McGrath tied for 12th following two rounds at the Class 6A girls tournament at Cobblestone Golf Course. In a field dominated by Johns Creek, which had four players in the top dozen on the leaderboard, McGrath had a solid opening day en route to a 77-83-160.
The 36-hole effort was led by an eagle on No. 18 to close the first round. She recorded only one double bogey over 36 holes while adding a birdie on the first hole in round two.
Led by McGrath, the Lady Vikings closed the season with a seventh-place finish with a team score of 528, four strokes ahead of Chattahoochee in the state field of 15 schools. Maddie Hart added rounds of 87 and 91 for a two-day total of 178.
Makenzie Watt and Sabrina Mosto contributed scores on alternate days beginning with Mosto’s 96 in round one. Watt’s 94 in round two contributed to Northgate’s final round effort among the top-three scorers.
East Coweta lineups both placed 10th in respective Class 7A tournaments. The Indians tied with Tift County after two rounds at Hamilton Mill Golf Club with a combined total of 670 and an average score of 84.
Senior and LaGrange College signee Luke Underhill closed his varsity career with a solid round of 75 that included three birdies and 10 pars. Along with an opening effort of 82, Underhill finished tied for 21st overall among over 100 players at 13-over 157 to lead the team.
Drew Jones shaved nine strokes off his opening round to close the tournament with a combined effort of 89-80-169. His final 18 holes included an eagle on the par-4 12th hole.
The Indians received steady play from Cade Treadwell (86-85-171) and Austin Miller (86-87-173) to complete the scoring.
East Coweta’s girls also finished 10th with a 536 and an average score of 89. Freshman Nadia Brown (84-83-167) and senior Ashton Small (86-89-177) paced the effort. Small recorded at least one birdie in each round and Brown led the Lady Indians with 19 pars along with a birdie on Hole No. 6 to begin the event.
Weslee Upchurch also scored for East Coweta’s girls with a 94-100-194.
Despite a tougher finish among team scores, Newnan’s boys were led by senior Luke Sherman’s 23rd place finish, one stroke behind East Coweta’s Underhill among local leaders.
Sherman posted identical rounds of 79 while alternating his strongest efforts on either side of the turn. His opening 18 holes included a birdie and six pars on the back nine. The Cougars senior then birdied holes No. 2 and 5 on the front side to go with five pars during his final round.
Newnan’s boys finished with a two-day total of 692 and an average score of 87. Consistency became the Cougars’ toughest challenge among a tournament that had Gil Waters opening with an 83 and teammates Thomas Kelleher and Lee Underwood bouncing back in round two with efforts of 87 and 88, respectively.
Of Newnan’s eight scoring totals, three were 90 or above.
Northgate’s boys finished 18th in the Class 6A boys tournament at Woodmont Golf and Country Club despite managing to shave 17 strokes off a rough opening round.
Sam Brummett led the Vikings with a 78-81-159 to finish tied for 46th individually. The sophomore, who shared Coweta Cup low-medalist honors in a three-way tie this season, finished with six birdies split equally over two rounds. His best nine holes came on the front side of round two while making the turn at an even 36.
Northgate’s scorers also included Tyler Coffman (87-90-177) and Grant Klone (94-89-183). Chris Bailey closed out the day one efforts with a 101 while Trinity Thompson’s 95 in round two was counted in the Vikings’ final round total.