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Roper shoots career low to highlight busy week for DCHS golf
Christian Roper hits a tee shot during the golf team’s busy week of events. He shot a career-best score of 33 during Monday’s match at Chestatee Golf Club.

Christian Roper shot a career-low of 33 to highlight the first of three events that the Dawson County High School golf teams participated in last week. 

To open the week, the boys and girls teams went up against Habersham Central and North Forsyth on Monday, March 28, at Chestatee Golf Club.

It was here that Roper led the way for the Tigers with his 3-under 33 score. Not only was this a career-best for him, but he helped the team to its season-best four-player aggregate of 154.

“I’m really proud of my guys,” boys team head coach Will Anglin said. “We haven’t been playing very well in previous weeks [but] I challenged them and this week was a drastic improvement. This week proved that they can compete with anyone in [class] AAA and deserve a spot in the state playoffs.”

Also helping the team to that achievement was Seth Jackson, who shot a 39 and had an eagle on the par-four 6th hole. He drove the green and proceeded to hit the putt for eagle.

Will McNatt and Jeremy Ray both shot 41 to round out the successful day for the boys team.

The girls team finished third with an aggregate of 171, with Samantha Dewendt leading the day with a score of 41.

Samantha Dewendt swings her driver during one of the team’s matches last week. She led the girls team with scores of 41 and 42.

Dewendt would show her consistency again the next day, as Dawson County would face White County.

She shot a 42 on Tuesday as the girls team fell to the defending state champions with an aggregate of 179.

“Every player is improving,” girls head coach Tyler Baker said. “We are looking to compete at the Area Tournament.”

Meanwhile, the boys team won again, this time shooting a combined 158 and winning by 21 strokes. 

This time, it was senior Alex Hughes who led the way with a 37, while Ray shot 39, McNatt shot 41 and Logan Casey also shot 41.

The busy week for the golf teams wrapped up on Wednesday, as the boys team traveled to Apple Mountain Golf Club in Clarkesville to participate in the Apple Mountain Invitational.

The Tigers would play a full 18 holes this time around and were led by Hughes, who shot 77. 

Roper finished close behind with a 78, Ray shot 81 and Jackson shot 84 to give the team an aggregate of 320 and finish in a tie for seventh place at the tournament.

Next up for the golf teams will be one more regular-season match before the Area Tournament. The Tigers will face East Forsyth on Tuesday, April 19, at Chestatee Golf Club. 

After that, the Area Tournament will begin on Monday, April 25, at Apple Mountain.