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Westminster boys among state golf champs crowned
by Greg Oshust
May 28, 2013 04:48 PM | 1488 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Jackson Heazel helps lead Westminster to the Class AA state boys’ golf championship.
Special Photo
Jackson Heazel helps lead Westminster to the Class AA state boys’ golf championship.
Westminster (Class AA boys), Marist (AAAA boys) and Woodward (AAA boys) were among the champions crowned at the state golf tournaments last Monday.

With a combined team score of 295, Westminster finished five strokes ahead of runner-up Oglethorpe County (300) — with Lovett (301) placing third — to claim the AA tournament at Rocky Creek Golf Club in Vidalia.

“The boys played really well [last] Monday,” Westminster coach James Perry said. “I think losing [the Region 6AA tournament] by one stroke [to Lovett] really helped fuel us. In fact, if that doesn’t happen, I don’t know if we finish as well as we do.

“We had a good start to the season and got a bit complacent there for a while. But, fortunately, the boys stepped it up and produced some solid scores when it really counted. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Westminster’s Tripp H’Doubler and Lovett teammates James Scott and Garrett Wright each tied for second with scores of 71 — one stroke behind low medalist Jake O’Bryant of Oglethorpe County (70).

Marist won its second straight state title at the AAAA boys’ golf tournament at Dalton Golf and Country Club last Monday.

The War Eagles — with five players shooting under par on the par-72 course — won in convincing fashion, compiling a team score of 279 to finish 18 strokes ahead of runner-up Richmond Academy (297).

“It was a remarkable performance by all six of the boys who competed,” Marist coach Jeff Decker said. “I knew that each one of them was capable of scoring under par, but to have five do it in one tournament is almost unheard of in high school. This is a talented and hard-working group of kids, and it’s very exciting to see them all play so well at state.”

Marist’s Will Chandler was low medalist with a score of 66, while teammates Will Duma, Jack Larkin, Sean Murphy and Joe Quirk were tied for the runner-up position at 71.

Woodward won the AAA boys’ tournament at Reunion Country Club in Hoschton last Monday.

The War Eagles — who won their first state title since 1974 — scored 298 to place ahead of runner-up Blessed Trinity (302) and third-place St. Pius X (305).

Galloway finished tied for third with Brookstone at 177 at the Class A private school girls’ tournament at Crosswinds Golf Club in Savannah — finishing behind champion Darlington (171) and runner-up Athens Academy (172).

Galloway freshman Amanda Doherty finished runner-up to Landmark Christian’s Jordan Daniel. Each finished with a 78 after 18 holes, with Daniel winning on the third playoff hole.

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