The Creekview girls won their sectional, while the boys finished fourth in theirs, and both advanced to compete for the Class AAAAA state title.
Going into the sectional at Canongate I Golf Club in Sharpsburg, Creekview girls coach Casey Gramling thought his team had a good chance to win. Many of the top teams in the state qualified for state by winning their respective regions, giving the Lady Grizzlies a good chance to win the sectional, which is essentially at tournament played without the state’s top teams.
Creekview won by 12 strokes, making the win even more impressive.
Meghan Nay led the team with an 84, while Lauren Bird and Claire Roop finished with 90s.
In Class AAAAAA, the Woodstock girls advanced from Heron Bay Golf Course in Locust Grove and will join Etowah at state. The Lady Eagles had already qualified by winning the Region 5AAAAAA title.
Woodstock girls coach Derek Engram thought his girls would make the cut as 16 teams were in the sectional and 10 would advance to state.
Woodstock’s Kevin Burns, in as an individual after the Wolverines failed to make the boys sectional as a team, took home medalist honors and will also move on. Burns shot 77 at Canongate at Georgia National in McDonough, beating Douglas County’s Austin Fulton by a stroke.
With Burns advancing, Cherokee County will have two individuals vying for state titles. River Ridge’s Savannah Freeman qualified for the Class AAAA tournament after winning the Region 7AAAA tournament.
The Etowah boys shot 327 at the sectional and failed to place in the top nine to advance. Nick Budd shot a team-best 80, while Jake Haggerty and Cole Kirkpatrick each shot 81 and Phil Strickland an 85.
The state championships for will be held May 19 at courses in and around Augusta.
Freeman will compete in the Class AAAA girls tournament at Waynesboro County Club, the Creekview girls will compete in the Class AAAAA tournament at the Jones Creek Golf Course in Augusta and the Creekview boys will be compete at Bartram Trail Golf Club in Evans.
The Etowah and Woodstock girls will compete in the Class AAAAAA tournament at Gordon Lakes Golf Club at Fort Gordon, and Burns will play in the Class AAAAAA boys tournament at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans.