Lady Grizzlies score runner-up standing
by Emily Horos
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Whitney Stevenson and her Creekview teammates were left to settle for a berth into the Class AAAAA sectional after losing out to upstart Cambridge.
<Br>Staff file photo by Samantha M. Shal
Whitney Stevenson and her Creekview teammates were left to settle for a berth into the Class AAAAA sectional after losing out to upstart Cambridge.
Staff file photo by Samantha M. Shal
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ACWORTH — Creekview wanted a region title, but it had to settle for a trip to the Class AAAAA sectional after finishing second to Cambridge in Tuesday’s Region 7AAAAA girls golf championship at Bentwater Golf Club.

Senior Whitney Stevenson led the Lady Grizzlies with an 80, while Claire Roop and Meghan Nay each shot 85 for a team total of 250.

Cambridge shot 231 and also had the medalist. Sabrina Long shot a 73 on the par-72 course.

Of the 10 teams in the tournament, only Creekview and Cambridge had enough players — three — to finish the course and produce a team score.

Players who shot worse than 62 on the front nine did not make the turn, which resulted in 16 golfers in the field of 39 being cut. Kell and Riverwood each had two play the back nine, while Sequoyah had one.

Creekview coach Casey Gramling said his team played well enough to reach the May 6 sectional at Jones Creek Golf Course, but they will need to play better if they want to play for a state title two weeks later at Jekyll Island.

“We assumed that sectionals would be our next step because Cambridge is so good,” he said. “We could have scored a lot better, but we are just excited to have the chance to go to sectionals.”

Gramling said his players will work on their short game before the sectional.

“We left a lot of strokes on the course (Tuesday),” he said. “Our chipping hurt us.”

Stevenson, Long and Roop each shot 40 on the front nine. Stevenson came back with another 40, while Roop went high with a 9-over. Long, meanwhile, turned in the only score under par with a 33 on the back nine.

Cambridge was solid from the start. Rachel Dai and Payton Schanen put themselves in good position when each carded 38 on the front nine. They turned in a 40 and a 42, respectively, on the back.

Though her team failed to post a secore, Kell’s Holly Haller made the sectional as an individual. Ater a front-nine 46, she completed her scorecard at 91.
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