High School Sports

Local teams to tee off in state golf tournaments

Columbus’ Nolan Miller tees off on the first hole at Bull Creek Golf Course on April 8 in the 41st Larry Gaither Hardaway Invitational Golf Tournament.
Columbus’ Nolan Miller tees off on the first hole at Bull Creek Golf Course on April 8 in the 41st Larry Gaither Hardaway Invitational Golf Tournament. sports@ledger-enquirer.com

Six local high school golf teams — three boys and three girls — and one individual tee off today with hopes of winning a GHSA state golf championship.

The Columbus and Harris County boys will play in the Class 5A tournament at Bartram Trail Golf Club in Evans.

The Brookstone boys will play in the Class A-private school tournament at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta.

The Columbus and Northside girls will compete in the Class 5A tournament at Westlake Golf Club in Augusta. Harris County’s Chloe Wegienka qualified to play as an individual at Westlake.

And the Pacelli girls will compete in the Class A-private tournament at Forest Hills.

All of the tournaments are 18 holes. This is the final year for that, however, as they expand to 36 holes in 2017.

Class 5A boys

The Columbus boys won Region 1 with a 309 — all region or area winners qualified for the state tournament. Columbus’ Daniel Davis led the way by winning medalist honors with a 73. He is joined by Nolan Miller, Ben Carr, Jonathan Parker and Ben Womack.

“I feel real good,” said Columbus coach Chris Parker, who has led the Blue Devils to a pair of state titles (2010, 2011). “I believe we are going to play well on Monday.”

At Bartram, the 5A teams will face an unusual course that has five par 5s and five par 3s.

Columbus has won 10 state titles.

Northside and Harris County scored well enough to advance to sectional play.

Harris County qualified for state by finishing eighth in the sectional with a 309. Raines Edenfield led the Tigers at the sectional with a 74. Other counting scores included Warren Gallatin with a 77, Luke Hardwick with a 78 and Kason Partridge with an 80.

Northside finished 13th with a 331 and did not advance.

Class 1A-private boys

The Brookstone boys won the Area 1 championship for private schools with a 291.

That score tied for best in area tournaments as Mount Paran also shot a 291 to win Area 4.

Evans Copeland and Walker Hinds led the Cougars with 71s in the area tournament. William Reaves and Frank Waldrep shot 72 and 77, respectively.

Brookstone has won 14 state tournaments, the last one coming in 2014.

Class 5A girls

The Columbus girls also won a Region 1 championship with a 258.

The Columbus girls have won eight state titles, the last one coming in 2014.

The Lady Blue Devils are led by senior Amy Clark. They also have three freshmen in Faith Scott, Mary Catherine McDaniel and McClain Ward.

Northside and Harris County scored well enough in the region tournament to advance to sectional play.

Northside’s Isabel Rijos was the medalist for the region tournament with an 80.

Northside finished seventh in the sectional with a 284 and qualified for the state tournament. Rijos led the way with an 81. Her teammates are Landon Cumbie, Maria Caruso and Reagan Parrish.

Harris County finished 12th with a 305 and failed to qualify for state.

Wegienka had the second best score (84) for a non-qualifying team, so she will be playing as an individual.

Class 1A-private girls

The Pacelli girls scored well enough in the area tournament to advance to sectional play. Brookstone, which has won two state titles, was eliminated in the area tournament.

Pacelli qualified for the state tournament by finishing third in the sectional with a 201. Maddie Zimmerman shot a 90 and Elli Fuller shot a 101.

Kevin Price: 706-320-4493, @lesports

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