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Golf teams improve at midweek Chestatee round
Logan Casey chips a shot toward the green during Thursday’s round at Chestatee. - photo by Rio White

Over the past month, the Dawson County High School boys and girls golf teams have been looking to find consistency as their competition schedules reach the halfway point.

Under boys head coach Will Anglin and girls head coach Tyler Baker, the teams have shown progress as they work around a mix of new and experienced players. 

Last week, the teams played at Chestatee Golf Club against Cherokee Bluff and Lumpkin County on Thursday, March 17. 

“Overall, it was a good day,” Anglin said. “We have three girls who have never played before, so they are still learning, but have gotten better each round. The boys played ok. We have been averaging between 155 - 160 which is good, but we know we can do better.”

While the weather on that day was pleasant, conditions were affected by heavy rains from the previous days. 

Despite that, the boys team got off to a strong start with Christian Roper and Alex Roper leading the way in a nine-hole competition. 

With scores of 39 and 40, respectively, those two led the boys team of four to an aggregate score of 164, just eight strokes behind leaders Cherokee Bluff.

On the girls team, sophomore Samantha Dewendt has been the leader of the team all season, posting a score of 42 at Thursday’s competition. 

The former Forsyth Central player has been successful in her young career, having qualified for the State Tournament as a freshman and posting a T-17 finish there.

The girls team finished third at Chestatee, just four strokes behind Lumpkin County. 

With the mix of experience on the teams, Anglin has focused on the importance of keeping low scores in play by mitigating issues that arise around the green.

“We have really been focused on the short game lately,” Anglin said. “Focusing on putting, chipping, and minimizing the damage on bad holes.”

For the rest of the season, the teams will look to improve scores and find ways to finish ahead of the competition.

The teams play twice this week, with a round at Chattahoochee Golf Club on Tuesday, March 22, before heading back to Chestatee on Thursday.