Towne Lake pair set for sectional
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A local goose looks on as Etowah’s Melanie Talbott hits out of a bunker, on her way to a team-best 83 in Tuesday’s Region 5AAAAAA championship.
<BR>Staff photo by Laura Moon
A local goose looks on as Etowah’s Melanie Talbott hits out of a bunker, on her way to a team-best 83 in Tuesday’s Region 5AAAAAA championship.
Staff photo by Laura Moon
ACWORTH — Etowah and Woodstock advanced to the girls golf sectionals after qualifying out of Tuesday’s Region 5AAAAAA championship at Cobblestone Golf Course.

Etowah (256) finished as the runner-up to Milton (252) and missed out on the opportunity to go directly to the state tournament at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie.

Now, Etowah and Woodstock, which finished fourth at 289, will have two weeks to prepare for the May 6 sectional at the Country Club of Roswell. Also advancing was Walton (272).

Though his players came close to winning, Etowah coach Jamie Nelson said they’re now focused on the sectional.

“I thought our girls played really well on a tough course,” he said. “Now we are just hoping for a top-eight finish at the sectional. If we keep doing what we are doing now, we will be OK.”

At least eight teams from the sectional will advance to state, though the number could be higher depending on how many region champions advance directly to state. In order to go straight to the state tournament, a team must not only win its region, but also shoot better than 300. If it shoots over 300, it must through the sectional.

Nelson hopes to get his players to Roswell for a practice round before the sectional in two weeks.

Melanie Talbott led Etowah with an 83. Tyler Dawson shot 87, while Taylor Anthony carded 96.

Woodstock coach Derek Engram was thrilled his team did enough to qualify. The top four teams in the region go to sectionals, provided it shoots under 300. The Lady Wolverines had just three players finish the round as Brittany Erdeman fell victim to the cut at the turn.

Woodstock wasn’t the only team affected by the cut. Cherokee saw half of its squad cut, while all of the golfers from Lassiter and Wheeler were either cut or withdrew on the front nine. Only one golfer from Roswell finished the course.

Scoring for Woodstock were Madison Blackburn (87), Madi Dalton (91) and Alex Carmerlengo (111).

Cherokee’s Amanda Burton (109) was the low-scorer from a team not advancing and will move on as an individual.

Burton, who was a part of the Lady Warriors’ state runner-up team last year, said it will be a different experience competing as an individual, but she’s still excited.

“I’ve always been with my team,” she said. “I’m pretty excited to see what I can do.”

Milton’s Kayla Jones was individual region champion with a 5-over 76.
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