After finishing sixth at the Class AAA State Golf Championship and leading Dawson County’s team to a season of success, recent graduate Alex Hughes earned one final accolade by earning a spot on the Georgia High School Golf Coaches Association All-State team.
“It means a lot,” Hughes said. “It means that a lot of my hard work has paid off. The extra days of practicing on the course and hours on the range before and after practice have worked out.”
Hughes was not only the scoring leader for the Tigers this season but also helped build a standard of play and team culture that directly translated to the team’s overall improvements.
Individually, Hughes grew into a player who could regularly score in the mid to upper 30s in nine-hole tournaments and could be reliably under 80 on a full 18 holes. The culmination of his growth came at the State Tournament, where he was tasked with 36 holes over two days.
Despite the challenge, Hughes shot rounds of 72 and 71 to finish 1-under for the tournament — finishing his season and career in top form.
For head coach Will Anglin, the All-State spot was a testament to Hughes’s work ethic and commitment to his craft.
“I have said all year long that I believe Alex is one of the best golfers in the state and I’m glad to see that the other coaches thought the same thing,” Anglin said. “He has put in the time to be successful and I’m glad to see him getting rewarded for his hard work.”
This time last year, it was Alex’s brother, Andrew, who was selected to the All-State team. While Alex had already carried on his brother’s standards to help the team play well, he now has cemented his own individual legacy on the DCHS golf team.
“To be completely honest I’m very happy that I was selected, as my brother was selected last year,” Hughes said. “I made it a goal at the State [Championship] to be able to be a part of All-State this year.”
While Hughes will be moving on from the golfing world, his imprint on the Tigers will remain with both Anglin and the three returning players from this season’s team.
Just over two years ago, the onset of the pandemic canceled what was set to be the beginning of the Hughes brothers’ Dawson County careers, having moved from Gainesville the previous fall.
As soon as the next season arrived, both worked to set a new standard for the team. One after the other, the brothers maximized their potential and became All-State golfers.
“I’ve said it multiple times, but I will continue to say that [Alex] is a really good golfer but [also] a great person,” Anglin said. “He’s going to do amazing things and I'm honored to have been his coach for three years. We are going to miss him dearly.”