Creekview, Etowah golfers get like state finishes
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As Etowah settled for an eighth-place finish as a team at Monday’s Class AAAAAA championship in Tifton, Nick Budd made a push for the individual title. Ultimately, though, Budd’s 71 led him to a five-way tie for second, four strokes behind the champion, Norcross’ Zach Healy.
<BR>Staff file photo by Laura Moon
As Etowah settled for an eighth-place finish as a team at Monday’s Class AAAAAA championship in Tifton, Nick Budd made a push for the individual title. Ultimately, though, Budd’s 71 led him to a five-way tie for second, four strokes behind the champion, Norcross’ Zach Healy.
Staff file photo by Laura Moon
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A state title will have to wait for another year after the Creekview and Etowah boys wrapped up their golf seasons with eighth-place finishes Monday in their respective state tournaments.

Creekview shot 313 in the Class AAAAA tournament at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Jekyll Island, 24 shots behind champion Gainesville.

Creekview coach Jimmy Thigpen said the team went to the coast with the goal of finishing in the top 10.

“We had aspirations to win it, but there are some pretty good golfers down there,” Thigpen said. “We actually set a school-record 313 to finish eighth. I was very proud of the boys. It’s a good ending to a great season.”

Damon Powers led the Grizzlies with a 75. Jared O’Kelley carded 76, while Marshall Richards shot 79. Kip Denison rounded out the Creekview scoring with an 83.

Creekview had an opportunity to finish as high as sixth, as Cambridge came in just one shot lower with 312 and McIntosh shot 311, but the Grizzlies struggled on the 17th and 18th holes. O’Kelley bogeyed both holes, while Powers double-bogeyed the 18th after running off a string of three straight birdies.

“We wanted three guys sub-80 and then hope for another low 80,” said Thigpen, who said play was suspended for lighting at one point. “They were playing well, and we just had a couple strokes of bad luck at the end.”

Richards, who is Creekview’s No. 5 golfer, stepped up to finish under 80.

In the Class AAAAAA tournament at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton, Etowah finished with 306. Norcross won at 294.

Leading the Eagles was Nick Budd, who tied for second overall with 71. Jake Haggerty carded 75, while Jake Forbes finished with 79. Jason Hammaker rounded out the scoring with 81.

Norcross’ Zach Healy was the champion with a 67.

Etowah coach Phil Dutko admitted that he wanted a top-three finish, but he was pleased with the team’s effort.

“We didn’t reach that goal, but I couldn’t be more proud of the team,” he said. “They put in real effort studying the course after the two practice rounds that we had, and they gave it all during the state championship.”

Dutko said the team played through hot, muggy conditions.

Along with Etowah, three other teams from Region 5AAAAAA finished inside the top nine — Roswell (302) fourth, Lassiter (303) sixth and Milton (307) ninth.

“I guess we don’t have the strongest team in the region, but we definitely have the most depth, and we showed that on Monday,” Dutko said. “For Norcross to shoot a 294, it’s hats off to them. The lowest score we have ever shot is a 300. It’s not as disappointing knowing that the winning score requires a number that we haven’t even come close to.”
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May 24, 2013
What about the girls teams?
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