Haggerty helps lead Etowah into sectional
by Emily Horos
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ACWORTH — Jack Haggerty shot 69 Tuesday afternoon, helping Etowah’s boys golf team qualify for the sectional with a runner-up finish at the Region 5AAAAAA tournament at Cobblestone Golf Course.

Haggerty’s score balanced out the 83 shot by Jason Hammaker and went along with a 73 from Nick Budd and 79 by Adam Cross for the qualifying total of 304.

The Eagles finished a shot ahead Lassiter (305) and six strokes behind champion Roswell (298).

Etowah coach Phil Dutko said the team’s goal was to make the sectional.

“The boys played well,” he said. “We have to be very pleased with a second-place finish out of a region that has five top teams. We play another day and just continue our goal of trying to make it to state.”

The Class AAAAAA boys sectional will be May 6 at Brookfield Country Club in Roswell.

Dutko said he was concerned early when he saw the scores coming in.

“I knew it was going to be close, but it was more a question of would we win it and go straight to state,” he said. “I can’t say enough about Jake Haggerty. He stayed positive all day and carried us to that second-place finish.”

The real drama of the tournament was provided by Walton and Milton, which tied for fourth at 311.

With only the top four teams able to advance, a playoff was held to determine which would move on, and Milton prevailed when Jacob Ellison drained a birdie putt on the first hole.

Walton’s John Yi shot 73 for the lowest total from a non-advancing team, and he will move on to the sectional as an individual.

Woodstock shot 312 — one shot shy of the playoff with Walton and Milton — and finished sixth. Wolverines coach Brent Budde was disappointed that Woodstock couldn’t be in the playoff, but he was still proud of his team.

“That is the best we have done all year,” he said. “That is what you are always asking your players — to play their best.”

Kevin Burns, Joe Burnett and Andrew Dodd each shot 77 for Woodstock. Had the playoff ended in Walton’s favor, there would have been a playoff to determine which of the Woodstock golfers went to the sectional as an individual.

“Two of those 77s were freshmen, and another was a junior who stepped up and shot his best round of the year” Budde said. “That is what you want. You are looking for those guys to step up in the big tournaments, and when it matters most, do their best.”

Woodstock had produced the individual region champion the last two years and hoped to continue the trend, or at least send an individual to state.

“We are a young team,” Budde said. “Those guys, who went the last two years, had to fail first before they could succeed later, so I think that, for our team, this is probably a good thing. As the kids see how close they were, they will see that they just need to work that much harder to make that difference.”

Cherokee (345) was seventh, followed by Wheeler (379).
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