Standing water, a thunderstorm or two, and even some hail werent enough to stop the Tigers golf teams on Monday, April 20, when they pulled off a remarkable sweep at the Region Tournament at Crystal Falls Golf Club. Both the boys and girls teams qualified for the state tournament with their wins over Banks, East Hall, Fannin, Franklin, Lumpkin and West Hall.
The boys got stellar performances from their Big 4 as Hunter Burt (76), Justin Moore (78), Jake Phillips (79) and David Ford (81) won with a total score of 314, which was six shots better than Franklin County. Jeff Partain and Zach Buchan both also played well for the Tigers.
Burt, a sophomore, had a 10-foot putt on the 18th hole that would have sent him to a three-way playoff with golfers from East Hall and Franklin for medalist honors, but the slippery downhiller just missed the cup on its way by.
Im going to try to win state my junior and senior years, Burt said.
And with the Tigers team win, Burt will also be competing for a state title in a few weeks, as well.
The senior boys, who have missed out two years in a row, would have accepted nothing less, Coach Wes Greer said.
The ladies were led, as usual, by senior medalist Madison Caldwell. She fired a 77, holding off Lumpkin sophomore Sydney Bates, who shot a very impressive 80. Caldwell, who was runner-up at state as a junior, and fifth as a sophomore, is hoping to finally get the elusive title shes been trying for.
Im going to do my best to win state, she said after the match.
Tatum Pruitt shot a 97 and Sydney Morgan fired a 103 to give the ladies a team total of 277, while Hannah McConnell added a fine score of 109.
Madison was our only threat, but now teams have to worry about all of them, Greer said.
The State Tournament will take place in Roswell some time around May 20, with the boys playing at Brookfield Country Club, and the girls taking on Horseshoe Bend Country Club.