For the first time, both the boys and girls tournaments will be played on the same course, Fairways of Canton in Canton. The championships will be tee off Monday for the girls and Tuesday for the boys, and the top three teams of both genders will return Thursday for the final round.
The event will also feature 36 holes, as opposed to 18 in years past.
Etowah boys coach Phil Dutko feels the front nine at Fairways is easier than the back.
“This course has a lot of interesting holes, and it is very difficult to walk,” Dutko said. “Our players will have to keep their energy up and avoid the hazards and the out-of-bounds lines in the back nine if we want to win.”
Etowah finished second the last two years, and Dutko believes it will be a disappointment if the Eagles do not win this week.
“If we win, it will mean a lot to this team,” he said. “We have a good group of seniors, and it would be great for them to be on a championship team.”
On the girls side, Creekview will look to defend its county championship despite only having three players on their roster.
“Winning the county tournament again would be a great accomplishment for my girls,” coach Casey Gramling said. “Because the competition is so good, it would be an honor to maintain the title.”
Gramling is excited for the county tournament to be played at Fairways for the first time. He expects the Lady Grizzlies’ main competition to come from Etowah, but he didn’t rule any of the other four county teams from winning the title.
Etowah is looking to take Creekview off its pedestal, and coach Craig McKinney believes he has the team to do just that.
“We have some very special kids who have a chance, as veterans, to lift this team to its potential,” McKinney said. “We have worked hard, and I am excited to see what comes with it.
“Hopefully, the county championship.”