North Hall’s Mikayla Dubnik started strong and finished the final nine in fantastic form to claim the Class 3A girls golf state championship on Tuesday in Clarkesville.
Dubnik birdied the first hole on the final round and added three more on the back nine (five total birdies on Day 2) for a two-day total of 4-under par (140) at the Apple Mountain Golf Club.
The Lady Trojans senior shot a 3-under par (69) on Day 2, to go with a 1-under par (71) on Monday.
Playing the back nine first Tuesday, she drove home a strong birdie putt on the first hole to start to pull away from the field. Then on No. 6, the two-time state champion drained a long birdie putt to put a stamp on a banner state championship appearance and three-year run at North Hall.
“Well, my emotions were all over the place today,” Dubnik said. “It was definitely emotional with it being my last high school match, but at the same time, very excited to go out a state champion.”
Dubnik finished five shots clear of White County’s Catie Craig, after the two players were tied for the lead at 1-under par after playing 18 holes Monday.
Dubnik won at state her freshman season in Alabama.
As a sophomore, she was state runner-up at North Hall, before the 2020 season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Mikayla is a wonderful role model for the girls in a our program and they look up to her and know what a state champion looks like,” North Hall girls coach Rodney House said.
The Mercer University signee also wraps up her career as a three-time Hall County champion.
White County’s Craig shot a 2-over par (74) on the second round at state.
White County won the girls team championship, while North Hall finished second.
“I give White County a lot of credit because they played phenomenal,” House said. “I told their coach ‘If our team couldn’t win it, I wanted it to be them.’”
On No. 11, Dubnik made a challenging chip shot from about 15 yards that came to rest about two feet from the cup, which she made to save par.
That’s when, according to House, the separation from the rest of the pack really started for Dubnik.
“Mikayla was lazer-focused all day,” House said. “To go out and shoot a 69, 3-under par on the final day of state is just clutch.”
For the North Hall boys, Colin Henderson tied for 14th in Class 3A after rounds of 76 and 83 at Cateechee Golf Club in Hartwell. The Trojans boys took eighth place.
In Class 7A, the Gainesville boys took home fourth place after a second-round score of 321.
Leading the way for the Red Elephants were Ryan Davidson (76), Sam Patterson (77), and Brigham Ralston and Turner Edmondson both at 84 on Day 2. For both days, Davidson finished seventh overall (7-over par) and Patterson was tied for 15th (12-over par).
Also in Class 7A, Gainesville’s Karina Collins earned a tie for 15th place with rounds of 87 and 81 to finish 24-over par at the Sunset Country Club in Moultrie.
In Class 4A, the Flowery Branch girls claimed fifth place in Athens, led by rounds of 88 and 94 from Emily Bergdoll.