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Gainesville High boys, girls carry lead into final round of Hall County golf championships
Red Elephants junior Davis Weaver led boys with first-round 35
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Gainesville High assistant coach Kevin Brown and Gainesville's AD Winston look down toward the green Monday at the Hall County Golf Championships at Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Hall County championships
at Chattahoochee Golf Club
Boys Individual standings

1. Davis Weaver Gainesville 35
2T. Bartley Forrester North Hall 37
2T. Brennan Manson North Hall 37
4. Brody Simmons Gainesville 39
5T. Ryan Hogan Gainesville 40
5T. Michael Kallab North Hall 40
7T. AD Winston Gainesville 41
7T. Kelvin Lee Riverside 41
9. Tyler Stauffer West Hall 42
10. Hunter Worley Gainesville 43

Team standings

1. Gainesville 155
2. North Hall 159
3. Flowery Branch 180
4. Riverside Military 184
5. Chestatee 191
5. West Hall 191
7. Johnson 211
8. East Hall 216
9. Lakeview Academy 233

Girls Individual standings

1. Macie Hurst Flowery Branch 40
2. Morgan Nichol Gainesville 44
2T. Madison Stewart Johnson 44
4. Olivia Young West Hall 45
5. Vivian Robinson Gainesville 47

Team standings

1. Gainesville 143
2. West Hall 151
3. Johnson 158
4. Flowery Branch 160
5. North Hall 171

Halfway through the Hall County high school golf championships, the Gainesville High boys hold a four-shot lead as it looks to claim its 23rd title.

Anchored by junior Davis Weaver’s 1-under par 35 on the first nine holes of play at the Chattahoochee Golf Club, The Red Elephants finished the first day with its top four scores totalling 155. North Hall is second at 159.

“I thought we played well as a team today,” said Weaver, who finished his round with a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 9.

The final round is Tuesday at Chattahoochee. This marks the first time the Hall County championships have been played at Chattahoochee.

Also counting toward Gainesville’s total were Brody Simmons (39), Ryan Hogan (40) and AD Winston (41).

Defending Hall County champion Bartley Forrester and Brennan Manson tied for North Hall’s low scores, both carding a first-round 37. Michael Kallab shot a 40 for the Trojans, while Trey Hall carded a 45.

“I thought I played kind of sloppy today,” said Forrester, who tapped in for birdie on No. 9. “I hit the ball well off the tee and wasn’t able to convert.”

In the girls’ competition, Flowery Branch’s Macie Hurst carded a first-round 40 for a four-shot advantage going into the final nine holes against Gainesville’s Morgan Nichol (44).

For the Red Elephants’ boys, Weaver is eager to show there is no drop-off in their tradition, despite 2016 senior Spencer Ralston now a prominent member of the squad at the University of Georgia.

“We want to show we’re still Gainesville,” said Weaver, who made it on to all nine greens with two putts remaining for par.

The lone golfer to shoot under par was pleased with how he hit his irons during the ideal conditions for the first round.

Weaver said it would be a huge honor to close out strong to win the county championship in a place where every year the talent is superb.

“Winning would mean that a lot of hard work has paid off for me,” Weaver added.

Even though Forrester is only two shots off the lead, he wasn’t especially pleased with his round. The Trojans’ junior did, however, sink a couple of six-foot par putts to keep his score from going any higher.

“I’m not far off from where I want to be,” said Forrester, who was an All-State selection in 2016. “I just need to tighten a few things up.”

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