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Adairsville second in region, one heads to state
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
May 15, 2013 10:44 AM | 1036 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Adairsville girls’ golf team members Courtney Cochran, Tamera Johnson and Harleigh Chambers.
From left, Adairsville girls’ golf team members Courtney Cochran, Tamera Johnson and Harleigh Chambers.
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The Adairsville girls’ golf team finished its season as the Region 5-AAA runner-up at the recent Georgia High School Association tournament at the Calhoun Elks Lodge.

Concluding the event with a score of 326, the team finished behind North Murray’s girls with a score of 278.

Sophomore Courtney Cochran finished as the low scorer for the girls at the event with a 92, qualifying her for a chance to compete at state for the title of low medalist at Chateau Elan in Braselton on Monday

Cochran was just seven strokes behind the low medalist from North Murray, who shot an 85.

Head coach Jo Fassnacht said he was proud of Cochran for her accomplishment and opportunity.

“Courtney is our most experienced player and I am very proud of her for qualifying as the region low score for the state championship. She has worked hard for a long time to get here and I know she will do well,” Fassnacht said, also describing Cochran as a “fine golfer” with a “terrific attitude.”

With the team’s season over, Fassnacht said this it was a “good season” as it faced off against different opponents than in previous years.

“We had a good season this year playing in AAA for the first time against some new competition with a record of 7-1,” he said.

This season the team had three golfers — sophomores Harleigh Chambers, Cochran and Tamera Johnson. All began playing for Adairsville as freshmen last season and Fassnacht said they “had a great year.” After playing their initial season together, the girls worked together this year to improve all of their skills on the golf course.

“This year they have continued to encourage each other and develop those areas that need work. They all have sound fundamentals and are improving with experience,” Fassnacht said.

As the girls continue in their golf careers, the coach said there is one area in particular in which they need to focus — their short game.

“All of the girls are conscious of this and working hard to improve,” he said.

However, there is one aspect of the game Fassnacht said they have under control — the mental side.

“Our strength as a team is the girls’ ability to keep cool heads and play a steady game, not getting rattled when mistakes happen. I try to emphasize fun and focus out there and these girls have a lot of both,” he said.
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