High school golf roundup: Brookstone boys, Columbus girls win state titles

FROM STAFF REPORTSMay 19, 2014 

The Brookstone boys golf team continued their recent tradition of winning state championships Monday, while the Columbus High girls team returned to its glory days and won its eighth state title.

The Brookstone boys shot a 301 Monday at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta to win the Class A private-school state title, their fifth straight state championship and 14th overall.

The Cougars beat Athens Academy and Holy Innocents’ by seven shots.

There has been only four other times that a school won five straight boys state championships. This is the second time Brookstone has done it. The Cougars won six straight from 1982-87.

Athens Academy has the record with seven (1971-77). Perry High (1959-63) and Savannah Christian (1998-2002) won five straight. The Columbus High girls team won five straight (1999-2003).

Brookstone’s James Clark earned medalist honors with a 4-under 68.

Clark, who has already signed to play golf at Georgia Tech next season, is ready to enroll next month at the school in Atlanta. “I can’t wait to get there,” Clark told the Augusta Chronicle. “It’s the next step.”

Holy Innocents’ Sam Asbury finished second with a 69 and Savannah Christian’s Patrick Kistler was third with a 71.

Clark’s brother Mercer shot a 76, Jack Mize shot a 78 and Connor Todd shot a 79.

The two Clark brothers and Mize have been on the Brookstone team for the last four of the five straight state titles.

Clark, who also won medalist honors last season, finished his GHSA career with six championships.

“This is great, especially winning the individual,” Clark told the Augusta Chronicle. “This is something I’ll always remember.”

Class AAAA girls

The Lady Blue Devils won their first state championship since 2006 by shooting a 41-over 257 at Waynesboro (Ga.) Country Club.

They beat Dalton by two shots and Burke County by 10.

“I’m on top of the world,” Columbus coach Chris Spraggins told the Augusta Chronicle. “I’ve coached a lot of sports, and this is my first state championship. It’s special.

“The girls came out and played really well. I think we were off to a little bit of a slow start, but we found our rhythm and finished pretty strong.”

Columbus was led by Amy Clark, a sophomore who shot a 79, to tie for fourth. Brett Beavers shot an 83 and finished ninth. SuJin O added a 95 to tie for 28th.

“I think we played really well overall and played good as a team,” Clark told the Augusta Chronicle. “It was a nice way to end our season. I still can’t believe it.”

Three golfers tied for medalist honors at 77. Statesboro’s Jane Bowers won on the fourth playoff hole over Veterans’ Megan Reddick and Cairo’s Kayla Wilbourn.

The Columbus High team celebrated the victory by jumping into the pool at the Waynesboro Country Club.

Class AAAA boys

The Columbus High boys golf team finished second in the Class AAAA state tournament.

The Blue Devils shot a team score of 18-over 306 at Westlake Country Club in Augusta. Marist won the state title with a 296.

Ben Womack led Columbus with a 3-over 75 to finish seventh on the individual leaderboard. Daniel Davis tied for eighth by shooting a 76.

Nolan Miller shot a 77 and tied for 12th. Carson Cummings finished with a 78 and tied for 17th.

Marist’s Jack Larkin won medalist honors with a 69.

Columbus won back-to-back state titles in 2010 and ’11. Since then the Blue Devils have finished third, third and second.

Class AAAAA boys

The Northside boys team shot a 313 and finished 10th in the Class AAAAA state tournament, which was played at Bartram Trial in Evans, Ga.

Individual scores for Northside was not available.

Greenbrier beat Lakeside-Evans in a one-hole playoff for the state championship. Both finished at 291.

Class A girls

Pacelli finished fifth in the Class A private-school tournament with a 34-over 178. Darlington won the title with a 153, followed by Mt. Pisgah (175), Landmark Christian (175) and Galloway (176).

Pacelli’s Sarah Grace Drop finished seventh with an 81. Maddie Ray was 22nd with a 97.

Amanda Doherty of Galloway and Athens Academy’s Anna Buchanan tied for medalist honors with 71s. The results of the playoff were not available.

Class AAAAA girls

The Northside girls finished ninth out of 16 teams at Jones Creek Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, with a 299. Cambridge was the overall winner for AAAAA. Its score was not available.

Northside’s Isabel Rios led her team with an 83. Hannah Holland added a 90 and Jennifer Kolwicz had a 126.

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