The Morgan County girls’ golf squad shot a 318 in the Area Golf Tournament, but it wasn’t quite low enough. Coach Pam Hooten’s team finished in sixth place, just one place shy of qualifying as a team for the State Tournament. However, Madison Walley shot a 92 that was good enough to get her into the event as an individual player. She will compete against the state’s best May 21-22 at Cateechee Golf Course in Hart County near Lake Hartwell.
Hooten said, “We finished just out of the running as the top five teams from each Area automatically qualify for State. We met the qualifying score of 330, but it was not quite enough since we did not finish in the top five.” There is still a chance that the girls could make it to State as a team if another area doesn’t qualify enough teams.
The Area Tournament was held at Highland Walk at Victoria Bryant State Park and was hosted by Franklin County on their home course. There were 11 teams competing for the top five spots The low medalist from Franklin County shot a 76. Hooten commented, “The course was long and very hilly with a lot of blind approaches. Madison played well considering how tough the course was. Shooting a 92 on that course is a very good score.”
The setup for the State Golf Playoffs is quite different from a year ago when the teams played through Region, Sectional, and State Tournaments. This year the teams did not participate in a Region Tournament, but rather an Area Tournament that combined two Regions into one playoff. There are four Area Tournaments across the state to see who qualifies for the State. The new format has made the Sectionals obsolete.
We wish Madison the best as she represents the Lady Bulldogs in two weeks.