The Gainesville High boys golf program combined for a nice round number of 300 among its top four finishers to place third overall at the Class 6A-Area 2 Championship on Wednesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Club.
The top four teams at the 18-hole outing on their home course in Gainesville locked up a spot to the two-day state championship meet, starting May 22 in Gainesville.
“I’m proud of these guys,” Gainesville coach Bryson Worley said. “We fought all day, tried hard.”
Ryan Hogan started hot for the Red Elephants with birdies on three of the first four holes and was 2-under par on the back nine for a team-best 1-under (71) for the day. He finished the 18-hole round with five birdies. On No. 5 he knocked down a 20-foot putt with about a five-foot break for birdie.
Also for Gainesville, Brody Simmons shot a season-best 73. AD Winston and Davis Weaver each carded a 78 for the Red Elephants.
Lakeside-Evans ran away with the team title (282), ahead of Greenbrier (294) and fourth-place Evans (306).
Lakeside-Evans had the three lowest individual finishers: Clay Grantham (68), Preston Wagaman (69) and Alex Colligan (70) to finish 12 shots ahead of crosstown rival Greenbrier.
Gainesville’s coach was pleased with the state-qualifying score, even though it was well behind Lakeside-Evans.
“We put too much pressure on ourselves,” Worley said. “All these guys want to play well on the home course.”
Hogan preserved his round of 1-under for the Red Elephants by getting up and down for par on three of his final four holes.
On the back nine, Simmons was solid, stringing together seven consecutive pars. He made the turn to the back nine at even after a bogey on No. 9.
“I’m still happy with how we played,” said Hogan, a junior.
Lanier’s Jackson Cross (72) and Habersham Central’s Dawson Fricks (74) earned a spot in the state meet as the two low scorers from a team that failed to qualify. The state championship will pool the top four teams from each Area in Class 6A for a shot at the title at Chattahoochee.
Worley said his team is due a little rest between now and then to relax. According to Worley, his squad has finished top five in all 11 events this season.
For Hogan, the next three weeks will be a time to fine-tune the short game in anticipation for state.
“Shots from 110-yards and in is what will make the difference at state,” said Hogan.
On Friday, Gainesville begins play in the two-day North Georgia High School Invitational at the Achasta Golf Club in Dahlonega.