Among them were that every stroke counts, and Region 5AAAAAA really may be the best in the state.
Woodstock won the last of nine qualifying berths for the state championship, set for May 20 at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie. Had the Lady Wolverines shot a stroke higher, they would have been in a playoff with Coffee for that final spot.
Woodstock shot 292, and Madison Blackburn led the way with an 86. Two freshmen, Madi Dalton (102) and Alex Camerlengo (104), contributed to the score.
“Every stroke counts, adding right up to 292,” Woodstock coach Derek Engram said. “You don’t know if the next team will finish with 293. Luckily, we fell on the right side of it, and we are excited.”
Woodstock has never played the state championship course in south Georgia.
“We are headed to bigger and brighter pastures,” Engram said. “It was pretty soggy out there. The conditions weren’t great, but everyone played in the same conditions, so you can’t really blame that.”
With Woodstock qualifying, Region 5AAAAAA will have the maximum four teams competing for the state title. In addition to region champion Milton, Etowah and Walton also qualified at the sectional.
Etowah (274) finished fourth, with Tift County (257) the winner. Dacula and Mill Creek tied for second at 271.
Melanie Talbott led the Lady Eagles with an 84, Taylor Anthony shot 90 and Tyler Dawson 100.
Walton’s Abbey Williams and Johns Creek’s Janet Mao each shot a 78 to lead all scorers
Etowah coach Jamie Nelson said the long course contributed to high scores all around.
“It was very tough,” he said. “It’s a long course, but the girls did what they needed to.”
Engram said his players will work on their short game in the two weeks leading up to the state tournament, but they won’t be making any major changes.
“It’s just repetition and getting out there,” he said. “Chip and putt will hopefully be our focus. They have all been hitting the long ball pretty decent.”
Engram said his golfers hope to play a practice round at Sunset before teeing off there May 20.