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Johnson, Lumpkin get strong showings at state golf tourney

POSTED: May 10, 2010 11:25 p.m.
COLUMBUS — The two teams representing Region 7-AAA in the state golf match experienced the best of both worlds Monday at Maple Ridge Golf Course in Columbus.

For region champion Johnson, it was a great team performance, and for region runner-up Lumpkin County, it was a great individual performance.

Led by Grant Cagle and Clint Reeves, who each shot a 1-over 73 on the day, the Knights carded a 303 as a team, good for a fourth-place tie with Spalding in the final team standings.

“This is awesome,” Cagle said. “It’s the first time Johnson’s been to state period and I’m very pleased with how our team did.

“We came out focused and wanting to do good,” he added. “We wanted to finish with a bang. This is the best senior year I could have had.”

Johnson coach Jeff Steele echoed his senior’s sentiments.

“This is the first time we’ve been to state in the history of our school, so I’m not going to complain a whole lot about the little things or not winning,” Steele said. “We wanted to come in here and have some guys shoot at 70 and we did that.”

Columbus, playing on its home course, won the 2010 Class AAA state title with a team score of 284. Elbert County was second with a 295 and Northside-Columbus was third with a 296.

Johnson’s Josh Foster was other low scorer for the Knights, carding a 2-over 74 on the day.

The Knights’ team score was only four points higher than what they shot two weeks ago at the region meet in Dahlonega. That serves only as an example of how ready Johnson was for its first appearance at the state tournament.

“If they were nervous I certainly couldn’t tell,” Steele said. “They acted like it was just another round of golf.”

As did Lumpkin County’s Aaron George, who not only shot a team best 4-under 68, but had the second best individual score on the day for Class AAA. The Indians as a team finished sixth with a 312, four shots below fifth place Woodward (308).

“I feel I played good,” George said, “but I could have played better.

“On the whole, it was a consistent day of golf for me; there was no particularly good hole and no particularly bad hole.”
Northside’s Travis Oestmann and Columbus’ Jonathan Klotz earned co-low medalist honors for the day as they each shot a 6-under 66.

“Aaron shot a very solid round of golf (Monday),” Lumpkin County coach Jeff Fleming said. “He had a lot of opportunities for birdies that didn’t go in, but anytime you can come into state and shoot under par it’s great.

“He’s been the leader on our team all year and we’re lucky he’s got another year with us.”


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