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GOLF: Tigers finish third at GHSA State Championships
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From left, Jeremy Ray, Alex Hughes, Andrew Hughes, head coach Will Anglin, Will Howard, Elijah Benson and Jalen Smith celebrating with their scorecard at the GHSA 3A Golf State Championship on Tuesday, May 18. Photos submitted to the Dawson County News.

The Dawson County Tigers golf team finished third overall in the GHSA 3A Golf State Championships on Monday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 18, 2021. 

“It's an unbelievable feeling,” Tigers head coach Will Anglin said. “I am so proud of these guys. They have all worked so hard this year to make it happen. We knew at the beginning of the year we had a special group, but these guys were determined to be the best team Dawson has ever had.”

The 2021 Tigers golf team had the most wins ever in a season for DCHS and this third place win is the best finish a Dawson County golf program has ever had.

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Andrew Hughes finished ninth individually, shooting a 79 on Monday and a 75 on Tuesday for a 154, the low scorer for the Tigers. Hughes, a senior, will play June 7th in the Final Qualifier for the US Open as one of 500 finalists. Anglin said Hughes has not made an announcement on his collegiate plans yet. 

Alex Hughes, Andrew’s brother, was the low scorer Monday afternoon with a 76 and finished Tuesday with an 83, good enough for 12th place. Will Howard shot a 77 and 86 for a 20th place finish and Elijah Benson shot a 93 & 92 to round out Dawson’s overall score of 660. Westminster won the state championship. 

Anglin mentioned a tournament early in the season as one of his favorite moments. When Dawson County finished fourth in the Big Red Shootout in Gainesville when they played against some of the state’s best competition.

“Our guys played incredibly,” Anglin said. “I remember congratulating the guys, and without hesitation, they all started to explain how they could've played better. It was that attitude that made them successful. I was very blessed to be able to coach this group of guys.”

Jalen Smith’s 92 strokes were scored as Dawson’s fourth scorer on Monday. He finished and Jeremy Ray golfed on Monday and Tuesday, scoring a 191.

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