Hall County golf championships
at Chattahoochee Golf Club
Boys Individual scores
1. Bartley Forrester North Hall 73*
2. Brennan Manson North Hall 73
3. Ryan Hogan Gainesville 75
4. Davis Weaver Gainesville 76
T5. Brody Simmons Gainesville 77
T5. AD Winston Gainesville 77
*won in playoff
1. Gainesville 305
2. North Hall 314
3. Flowery Branch 342
4. Riverside Military 363
5. Chestatee 376
6. West Hall 389
7. Johnson 408
8. East Hall 416
9. Lakeview Academy 445
Girls Individual scores
1. Macie Hurst Flowery Branch 79
2. Madison Stewart Johnson 86
3. Olivia Young West Hall 87
4. Morgan Nichol Gainesville 93
1. Gainesville 293
2. West Hall 306
3. Johnson 320
4. Flowery Branch 324
5. North Hall 355
6. Chestatee 381
Bartley Forrester’s repeat victory as Hall County golf champion came with some great shot precision from the fairway on the last hole Tuesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Club. And just like when he won it in 2016, the North Hall junior used a playoff to get it done after 18 holes over two days wasn’t enough to decide the winner.
Playing No. 9 as the second hole of the playoff against his Trojans teammate Brennan Manson, Forrester’s tee shot left him in a precarious position, right behind a tree on the right-hand side of the fairway. Meanwhile, Manson, who also shot a 1-over par (73) for his first 18 holes, was sitting right in the middle of the fairway and closer to the green than Forrester.
With an uphill shot to the green, Forrester pulled out a 4-iron for his second shot and trusted his experience. Forrester punched the ball beautifully under the tree branches and with a couple bounces, the ball found the front-end of the green — about 30 feet to the cup.
Forrester then capitalized on the great play from the fairway by hitting his first putt close enough to make par and close out the county championship.
“It feels really good to be able to win it again,” said Forrester, who carded a 37 on the front-nine holes Monday and 36 on the back nine Tuesday.
As a team, the Gainesville boys claimed the Hall County championship for the 23rd time in the 29 years it has been contested. For the Red Elephants, Ryan Hogan led the way with a 75, and first-round leader Davis Weaver carded a 76. The Gainesville girls won by 13 shots over West Hall.
Forrester said being able to play against a friend and teammate added to making the moment even more special.
“It made it more fun,” said Forrester. “We’re all so competitive with each other.”
Manson finished the playoff hole with a bogey. His fairway shot came to rest about 15 feet behind the green, leaving a slightly downhill chip to the pin.
After a good chip shot, his fourth shot was a putt that lipped out. Even though it’s his last shot at the county championship, Manson was happy for his friend Forrester.
“I told him after it was over, he better come back out and three-peat next year,” Manson said with a grin.
After the two Trojans finished tied for second after a first-round 37, Manson joked with Forrester that they were going to tie for the lead after 18.
“I thought a 72 would win it outright,” Manson added. “If I had made a couple more putts, I would have gotten it done.”
Forrester and Manson spent most of the final day knotted at 1-over par. Forrester came through with a birdie on No. 17, but bogeyed after Manson made par on 18 to force the playoff.
The playoff started on the par-4 10th hole. Forrester went long on his fairway shot, while Manson was short of the green. For his third shot from the fringe, Forrester opted to putt and his shot went about eight feet past the hole.
He missed his par attempt and took a bogey. Once on the green, Manson two-putted for bogey.
For the second playoff hole, Manson and Forrester turned back and played No. 9, which is going back uphill to the clubhouse.
The playoff action between the two North Hall golfers tied for first came after an hour-long break to total scores and award trophies.
Flowery Branch’s Macie Hurst won the girls title with a two-day total of 79.