By R. Alan Richardson
Morgan County’s Golf Dogs are fully underway with the 2017 season. With several matches already under their belt, both squads are improving with each outing on the course.
This past weekend Coach Pam Hooten’s girls’ squad participated in the first annual Waterwheel High School Girls’ Tournament at Hard Labor Creek. The event was played out under perfect golfing conditions with 80 participants. Coach Hooten said, “We are hoping for at least 120 girls to compete next year as we try to make this one of the biggest girls-only tournaments in Georgia.”
The highlight of the event was a 72 shot by Blessed Trinity’s Hannah Jones for low medalist honors. The Lady Dogs had all nine players on the roster participating in either the 18-hole event or a 9-hole scramble format.
Morgan’s girls posted the following 18-hole scores: Savannah Ross-103, Maggie Massey-106, Emily Finck-107, Paige Carroll-111, Morgan Sarkin-116, and Maitlin Stapp-121. The three girls that played with different scramble teams were Hannah Daniel, Haylee Patterson, and Cali Jaynes. Patterson’s team came in second place shooting a 33 for nine holes.
This past week saw improvement all-around as both Massey and Stapp shot personal bests of 45 and 48 respectively. Massey’s score came against Loganville while Stapp’s came against Monticello.
Hooten remarked, “The girls’ team is being led by our seniors, Savannah and Maggie. They are both looking to improve their play as the season goes on as are all our players. The Area Tournament will be played April 25 at Old Union Golf Course in Blairsville where 13 teams will be competing. We will need a strong performance from the team to advance to State.”
Due to the Master’s Tournament in Augusta and spring break, the Lady Dogs will not continue play until April 10.
Boys’ Coach Josh Reeves’ team has played six matches to this point in the season and come away with some nice finishes. Here’s what he had to say, “We played Hart twice and split with Loganville at 180-180 (nine holes). Our scores are moving in the right direction.” In high school team golf the scores are calculated by adding up the top four rounds out of six players. Morgan’s best outing was a 170 for nine holes.
Reeves commented, “We need for our team score to be around 330 when we get to the Area Tournament to help us qualify for State. We’re getting closer to that goal, but need a little more stability and consistency from our number five through six spots to get there. We are also hoping to add some 18-hole tournaments to get used to the 18 holes we’ll have to play in the playoffs.”