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North Hall girls, Gainesville boys sweep individual and team honors at Hall County golf championships
North Hall's Mikayla Dubnik leaves a three-time county champion
Mikayla Dubnik
North Hall's Mikayla Dubnik watches her putt during the second round of the Hall County championships on Thursday at Royal Lakes in Flowery Branch. Photo by Paul Sasso MV Photo Concepts

Mikayla Dubnik and the North Hall girls golf team can check off one of their goals.

North Hall’s senior will leave a three-time Hall County champion and the Lady Trojans won the girls title for back-to-back seasons. 

After a first-day 35 and big lead in the individual race at Royal Lakes, she finished it off with a 36 on the final nine to win by 12 strokes with an even-par 71. 

“This has been one of our (three) goals all year we wanted to meet,” North Hall coach Rodney House said. “We won it last year. North Hall had never put our name on the trophy. Now we have gone back-to-back. I hoping this is going to be a tradition for us.

“They all played great the last few days.”

On the boys side Gainesville’s Wiley Hickerson shot a blistering 34 on the final nine holes and won the title with a  two-day total of 72. He won in a playoff against Day-1 leader, Tanner Stephens from Lakeview Academy. 

“Wiley started off the year struggling,” Gainesville coach Cameron Millholland said. “He was shooting high scores. It has been a total 180. He has been working on his short game and on the range. I am not surprised.

“He has been trending upward on the team.”

Gainesville’s Sam Patterson and Brigham Ralston tied for third with Lakeview Academy’s Chandler Lovell at 76. 

Dubnik might have struggled off the first tee on Day 2. 

Dubnik did not get a clean hit and it was a less-than-accurate shot. 

She was visibly upset, but did not let the bogey affect her the rest of the game.

Dubnik narrowed her focus and locked in to her game. 

There were moments she left shots on the course, but not enough to derail her destiny to three-peat.

“It means a lot. It feels nice to have my name on there three times,” said Dubnik, who is signed to play at Mercer University. “I came out and felt a little odd and uneven during warm-ups. I didn’t swing the ball well and it went out of bounds. It should have been a birdie there. So, I felt I really lost two strokes. I expected today to go a lot better, but at the same time I needed to play decent.”

The level of expectation has pushed the others in the Lady Trojans program, House said. 

One of those players is Lyric Sanford, who finished second in the two-day event after shooting an 83. 

“(Lyric’s) scores have come down consistently,” House said. “She is our clutch player and does not let anything bother her.”

House has enjoyed reading North Hall’s name on the county trophy. He mentioned wanting this back-to-back to be the beginning of a tradition. 

Dubnik would like to see it be a start of history.

“I know a girl in our elementary school, to be honest, who is going to put her name on that trophy four times. I feel I have helped raised the expectations around our program,” said Dubnik, who has shot a career seven-under during the county tournament. “I hope I have done a lot for future high schoolers and juniors. I feel I have raised the expectations a little bit.”

With the number of strong individual rounds, the Red Elephants boys top four scorers tallied a 298, which was 13 shots clear of second-place Lakeview Academy. 

The Lady Trojans won by 30 shots over second-place Flowery Branch. 

Also on the girls side, Lanier Christian’s Lydia Pils shot an 86 for third place, followed by Gainesville’s Karina Collins (87) and North Hall’s Makayla Jones (90). 

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