Nay leads Creekview girls to county golf repeat
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Though Whitney Stevenson was unable to defend her individual title at the county championship, not all was lost for the Creekview golfer. She and her Lady Grizzly teammates won the team crown at Towne Lake Hills, with teammate Meagan Nay claiming individual honors.
<BR>Staff photo by Samantha M. Shal
Though Whitney Stevenson was unable to defend her individual title at the county championship, not all was lost for the Creekview golfer. She and her Lady Grizzly teammates won the team crown at Towne Lake Hills, with teammate Meagan Nay claiming individual honors.
Staff photo by Samantha M. Shal
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WOODSTOCK — The Cherokee County girls golf championship went from a nine-hole format to 18 for the first time this year, but that didn’t seem to matter to Creekview, which only increased its margin of victory and successfully defended its title.

The Lady Grizzlies combined to shoot 240 over the two-day tournament that concluded Tuesday at Towne Lake Hills Golf Club. Etowah (254) finished second, followed by Woodstock (275), River Ridge (334), Cherokee (335) and Sequoyah (352).

Players shot the front nine at Towne Lake Hills on Monday, then the back nine Tuesday. Creekview shot 120 on both days.

The Lady Grizzlies also kept the individual title in the family, with Meghan Nay winning it. Last year, teammate Whitney Stevenson won the title in a playoff with Etowah’s Melanie Talbott.

Nay, a sophomore, entered Tuesday in third place after shooting a 41 on the front nine. She trailed teammates Claire Roop, who shot 39, and Stevenson, who carded a 40 on the front nine.

“I’m speechless,” Nay said. “It’s pretty crazy, actually.”

Creekview coach Casey Gramling said he spoke with Nay during school Tuesday and told her that she wasn’t out of title contention. After all, she trailed by just two strokes.

In the shotgun start, Nay started on the 12th hole and double-bogeyed. But she turned things around from there by parring the next several holes.

“She has got the talent,” Gramling said. “I’m proud of her. I’m very proud of all the girls.”

Nay said nerves got the best of her Monday, but she settled down quickly Tuesday.

“I just struck the ball better,” she said. “I just played better (Tuesday). I think the par-5s really helped me. I could strike the greens from shorter distances.”

Nay said she watched the Masters over the weekend and tried to draw some inspiration.

“Probably the biggest inspiration that I tried (Tuesday) was just keeping my cool if I hit a bad shot,” Nay said. “I just wanted to look forward to the next shot and focus on that.”

Etowah coach Jamie Nelson said Creekview was simply the best team on the course, with the Lady Eagles expected to give a fight.

“They put up the same total on both days, and that is pretty impressive on a course like this,” Nelson said.

Individually, Creekview had three in the top four. Roop, a freshman, placed second with 80, while Woodstock’s Madison Blackburn and Stevenson tied for third with 81. Also medaling were Talbott, who shot 82 to finish fifth, and Etowah teammate Tyler Dawson, who carded an 83 for sixth place.

Sydney Van Alstyne led Cherokee with a 103. Sara Honeycutt led Sequoyah with a 107 and the low scorer for River Ridge was Savannah Freeman.

River Ridge coach Ansley Sands said she was pleased with how her team performed.

“I’m absolutely happy,” she said. “I think was a good experience for our girls. They absolutely learned a lot from this match.”

All of the teams are preparing for their region tournaments next week. Creekview is anticipating a tough battle with Cambridge in Region 7AAAAA, while Etowah foresees a showdown with Walton, Milton and Lassiter in Region 5AAAAAA.

Gramling hopes his players can take some confidence away from the victory.

“I think their confidence is as high as it could be right now, and that’s a good thing,” he said.
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