Cherokee County golfers do well in state tourneys
by Emily Horos
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Melanie Talbott shot 74 on Monday at Fort Gordon to finish fourth in the Class AAAAAA tournament, and help Etowah to fourth place as a team.
<BR>Staff file photo by Kelly J. Huff
Melanie Talbott shot 74 on Monday at Fort Gordon to finish fourth in the Class AAAAAA tournament, and help Etowah to fourth place as a team.
Staff file photo by Kelly J. Huff
Cherokee County had a strong showing at the state golf championships, which were held Monday at courses in and around Augusta.

Three of the four programs competing for state titles placed in the top five of their respective tournaments, and Woodstock’s Kevin Burns, who competed as an individual, placed in the top 10.

The Creekview girls shot 263 and placed fourth in Class AAAAA for the second straight year. Winning the state championship at Augusta’s Jones Creek Golf Course was Region 7AAAAA rival Cambridge (223), followed by Gainesville (248) and Ware County (256).

Claire Roop led the Lady Grizzlies with an 81, which was good enough to place her in a tie for eighth as an individual. Lauren Bird (89) and Meghan Nay (93) also scored for Creekview.

Creekview coach Casey Gramling said he was proud of the way the girls competed.

“Claire played her best round of the year and kind of led us into that fourth place spot,” he said. “If we would have posted that score we wanted, we had a chance to finish second, but the course was playing tough and a lot of the scores were high.”

Going into the tournament, Gramling’s goal for his team was to place inside the top four.

“Finishing two straight years inside the top four in the state is pretty cool,” he said. “That’s a good accomplishment for the girls. They can be proud of that.”

In the Class AAAAAA girls tournament at Gordon Lakes Golf Club on the ground of Fort Gordon, the Etowah and Woodstock made a good showing, as did the rest of their region.

Lambert won the title with a 226, with Etowah (252) fourth and Woodstock (254) tied with Johns Creek for fifth. Also in the top eight were two other teams from Region 5AAAAAA — Walton (second, 243) and Milton (seventh, 259).

The region was the only one in the classifications to have four teams compete.

Melanie Talbott led Etowah with a 2-over 74, good enough for fourth as an individual. Also scoring for the Lady Eagles were Tyler Dawson (88) and Taylor Anthony (90).

Woodstock was led by Abby Bolt’s 82. Also scoring for the Lady Wolverines were Madison Blackburn (83) and Madi Dalton (89).

Woodstock girls golf coach Derek Engram was pleased with how his team performed.

“Fifth place is good,” Engram said. “We got sixth place last year, so we are happy. Etowah got us by two strokes.”

Engram said a weird thing happens when a team competes for a state title.

“You go into it thinking that we just don’t want to embarrass ourselves,” he said. “We want to do better than 16th. Then you come in and they start putting scores up. We see that we were fifth, and then your mind automatically goes to a putt we missed here or a putt we missed there. Then, you realize that you could have done a lot better. But, like I said to the girls, we didn’t play our best, but nobody else played their best either. Still, we were thrilled.”

Engram noted how well the region did as a whole.

“The most a region can have is four teams, and all four did pretty well,” Engram said. “Three of the top five were from our region.”

The Creekview boys were the only local program that did not place in the top 10 in their tournament.

The Grizzlies finished 12th in the Class AAAAA tournament at Bartram Trail Golf Club in Evans, with a team total of 319. That was 25 strokes behind the winners, Greenbrier and Lakeside-Evans, which tied at 291.

Rounding out the top five were Gainesville (295), Starr’s Mill (297), Cambridge (303) and North Atlanta (303).

Leading Creekview were Brady Keran with a 1-over 73 and Austin Curry (76). Patrick Plemmons also scored with an 83. Kip Denison, normally solid for the Grizzlies, finished with nine bogeys and three double bogeys and finished at 15 over.

Keran’s total was good enough to tie for 12th as an individual.

In the Class AAAAAA tournament at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans, Burns was sitting as high as second earlier in the day, but by the time all the scores were in, he settles for seventh.

Burns shot a 1-over par 73, including an eagle on the par-4 fifth hole. He finished the day with four birdies and seven bogeys.

Peachtree Ridge’s Charles Huntzing won the individual championship with a 67.
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