The girls will travel to Chateau Elan in Braselton for the Georgia High School Association AAA Girls State Championship on Monday, May 20.
“Winning the region championship was a great accomplishment not only for our team, but also for our school as a whole. As a first-year coach, it definitely helps to indicate that our program is moving in the right direction,” said Cooper.
The girls also placed second at the county championships this year.
According to Cooper, finishing so highly in both of these matches “allowed these ladies the chance to display the merits of their hard work.”
This season the team included five girls — senior Avery Rains, sophomore Quinn Mitchell and freshmen Morgan Farmer, Mikayla Moore and Candace Salters. Cooper said they all had a great season.
“The season has gone incredibly well. We played decently during the regular season and went 4-2 overall,” Cooper said.
With only one upperclassman, Cooper noted how young his team was, but he also said their leadership, focus and dedication are “top-notch.” These three elements are what Cooper said led to their “excellent accolades” this season.
The top golfers on the team this year were Salters and Rains, respectively. Salters won the low medalist at the region match.
“This is an incredible accomplishment for anyone, especially for a freshman competing against mostly upper-classmen at this level,” said Cooper, adding that Chapel Hill freshman Tyler Holyman won the low medalist for the boys.
Salters has a “solid golf foundation” and a “sincere” knowledge of the game — realizing that every stroke is key in big tournaments, according to Cooper. He said he is very excited to see how far her talent goes over the next three years.
While Salters is the top of the girls’ team, Cooper made it very clear that all the girls are working hard to have the top spots, giving the team some friendly competition.
“There is consistent competition within the team from the other girls to move into those spots. It is that competitive spirit which has allowed our team to motivate each other’s talent levels as the season progressed,” Cooper said.
As a new coach Cooper said he does not know what to expect from state, but he is excited, making sure his girls remember to “be respectful, be honest, make every stroke count and compete with integrity.”