High school golf: Brookstone boys take home 4th consecutive state title

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer and kprice@ledger-enquirer.comMay 20, 2013 

The Brookstone boys golf team won its fourth consecutive Class A state title and 13th overall on Monday at the Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga.

The Cougars shot a 9-over-par 297 overall and were led by junior James Clark, who is committed to play at Georgia Tech. He shot a 3-under 69, making him the medalist for the tournament.

“I played well today,” Clark said via telephone after his round. “I was hitting the ball great, sticking all my iron shots close. I made a couple putts to get to 3-under, birdied the last hole with a 30-footer just off the green.”

Clark came in second individually last year behind teammate Parker Derby. Derby, a senior, shot a 1-over 73 on Monday. Brookstone’s win made it four titles in four years for the University of Georgia signee.

“It’s very satisfying,” Derby said. “We all had the mindset that we were feeling good and everyone knew we’d be one of the top contenders, and we did it.”

Sam Hatcher shot a 76, and Mercer Clark, James’ brother, shot a 79.

FPD got second at 313, Mt. Pisgah got 3rd at 317.

This state title was won in the first year that Class A was split into public and private for the postseason in most sports. Brookstone also won state titles in 1979, '80, '82, '83, '84, '85, '86, '86, '87 and '92.


Class A Private girls tournament at Crosswinds Golf Club in Savannah, Ga., on Monday.

Brookstone girls finished third out of eight teams with a total score of 177.

Berry College signee Sydney Weaver (senior) shot an 84 and Sydney Hollingsworth shot a 93.

Pacelli's Sarah Grace Drop qualified for the state tournament via sectionals. She played as an individual and shot a 94.


Columbus, the 2011 and 2012 Class AAA state champions, finished third overall with team score of 305 at the Dalton Golf and Country Club.

Marist won with a 279, followed by Richmond Academy at 297.

Charlie Flowers led Columbus with a 71.

Stanton Schorr added a round of par, while Patrick Edwards finished with an 80 and Will Johnson had an 82 for the Blue Devils.

“We didn’t play as well as we could have, but Marist just put a ridiculous, crazy number up on the board,” Flowers said. “Stanton and I had pretty good rounds, but overall we were a little off.”

CLASS AAAA GIRLS Columbus High placed second out of 16 teams with a team score of 263 at North Nob Country Club in Cohutta.

Carrollton won first place with a 250 and Dalton was third with a 276.

Columbus players were Amy Clark 83, Brett Beavers 88, SuJin O 92.

CLASS AAAAA BOYS Northside finished 12th in the Class AAAAA boys tournament at Jekyll Island, 37 shots behind Gainesville. Kyle Wilson led the Patriots with a 76, followed by Zack Shellnutt with a 79, Davis Quinn 85, Trent Nobles 86.


The Northside girls finish 10th out of 10 with a 305.

Lakeside-Evans won the team title.

Freshman Isabel Rijos led Northside with an 82, followed by Kaydee Guthridge with a 94 and Hannah Holland with a 129.

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