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Westminster repeats as Class AA state boys’ golf titlists
by Greg Oshust
May 29, 2014 08:41 AM | 3523 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / The Westminster boys’ golf team poses with its Class AA state championship trophy.
Special Photo / The Westminster boys’ golf team poses with its Class AA state championship trophy.
Westminster continued its dominance of Class AA boys’ golf as the Wildcats won their second consecutive state championship in a row and third in four years at the AA boys’ tournament at Applewood Golf Course in Augusta last Monday.

With a total score of 289, Westminster edged out Region 6AA rival Greater Atlanta Christian (290) by just one stroke.

Lovett (303) finished third to make it a sweep of the top three positions for 6AA.

It was the perfect ending to the tenure of Westminster coach James Perry, who is stepping down after 11 years at the helm to take an administrative position at The American School in London. Under Perry’s direction, the Wildcats have won six state titles in the last eight years.

“In those eight years, I’ve just had extraordinary kids and this year’s no different,” Perry said. “We really came together as a team. The team chemistry was as good as it’s ever been. It’s exciting. To go out like that is incredible.”

Several Westminster players came up with clutch shots to give the Wildcats the edge over GAC.

Senior Patrick Bridges, a Wofford signee, made a crucial two-putt on the 18th and final hole to provide the winning margin, while Keller Austin recorded an eagle on the 16th and a birdie on the 18th to provide a boost.

“The fact we won by a shot and there was so many things that could have happened to us, it’s incredible,” Perry said.

Keller Harper — who played on the Westminster baseball team most of the spring before joining the golf squad late in the season — was the Wildcats’ low scorer and was tied for second overall with a 4-under par 68 on the par-72 course.

Austin, who played the entire season with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, and Hunter Bremer each shot a 1-over 73 to finish tied for sixth overall, while Bridges tied for 11th at 3-over 75.

It was also a good tournament for a young Lovett team with its third-place showing. Alexander DeRosa finished tied for ninth at 2-over 74 to lead the Lions.

“We finished third in the state golf tournament with two freshmen, two sophomores and only one junior and senior,” Lovett coach Greg Hyde said. “That gives us invaluable experience that we believe will help us finish even higher in future tournaments. We have a talented group of guys on a young golf team and we’re looking forward to further improvement.”

Holy Innocents’ finished runner-up in the Class A private school boys’ tournament at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta.

The Golden Bears were tied for second with Athens Academy at 308 to finish seven strokes behind champion Brookstone (301).

Holy Innocents’ golfer Sam Asbury was the individual runner-up with a 3-under 69.

“The second place was a great finish for the season,” Holy Innocents’ coach Jim Griffin said.

“We are very proud of the boys for pushing themselves and each other throughout the season to be successful in this very competitive field.”

Galloway’s Amanda Doherty was low medalist at the Class A private school girls’ tournament at Goshen Plantation in Augusta, shooting a 1-under 71 to lead the Scots to a fourth-place finish in the team standings.

North Atlanta finished tied for fifth in the AAAAA boys' tournament. Freshman Winston Meshad finished runner-up individually with a 4-under 68 to lead the way for the Warriors, who were making their first state tournament appearance.

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