By R. Alan Richardson sports editor
The Morgan County golf teams have been busy the past two weeks competing against Region 8-AAA opponents Hart County and Elbert County in a tri-match. They also faced non-region Loganville in a head-to-head competition. The boys’ team finished second in the first match defeating Elbert and falling to Hart. The top four scores for Morgan were Levi Ewing 41, Bailey Smith 43, Reid Brock 51, and Chad Hayes 51 to give the team an overall score of 186. Elbert posted a 192 in the nine-hole event while Hart put up a 170 for the win. Others participating in the match were Blake Nelson and Carter Martin.
Senior Ewing had four pars and one birdie on his card and freshman Smith carded four pars on the day. If not for a couple of tough holes for the top two Morgan golfers, they could have gone very low. In the girls’ match it was Emily Finck with a low round for the Lady Dogs shooting a 50 followed closely by Maggie Massey’s 53, Savannah Ross’s 54, and Paige Carrol’s 56. The girls finished the match only one stroke (157) behind Hart’s 156 and defeated Elbert at 161. The teams both turned around and competed against Loganville a few days later at the Providence Club. The boys came away with the win posting a four-man total of 183 to take Loganville down at 188. Smith rebounded well with a low score of 39 followed by Hayes with a 45, Ewing 48, and Brock with a 51. The girls had a little tougher match losing 165 to 154. Massey led the way at 51, Finck had a 55, Ross 59, and Carroll 61. Coach Pam Hooten said, “The Loganville girls were a strong team, but I feel we can beat both Elbert and Hart in the region tournament if we play our best.” First-year Head Coach Josh Reeves commented, “I told the guys after the Hart/Elbert match to look at their scores and find out where they could have cut off four or five strokes. If we can do that, I think we will see where we are for the region tournament. Our scores need to improve. We need to look internally to find a way of making shots that could have helped our team score.” The frontrunners in the region at this point are Hart and Oconee Counties. The Region Tournament will be played at Hard Labor Creek on April 18th beginning about eight in the morning. Every boys’ team that shoots a 330 or below in the tournament will qualify for the state sectionals. The team with the lowest team cumulative score will be awarded the 8-AAA championship.