County golf teams see success in 2022 | Sports

The 2021 golf season has been a banner year for high school teams in Oconee County. So far, 2022 is expected to be another notable season for high school golf in the region.

Prince Avenue Christian’s men’s golf team finished second in the Wolverine Invitational at Currahee in late March. The field for this event included five of the eight reigning GHSA State Champions as well as three runners-up.

Will Baker shot two under 142 to finish as the bottom medalist. Baker did it by nine hits on the nearest opponent.

As a team, the Wolverines totaled 644 for the event, finishing second just behind Milton (629).

On March 31, the Prince Avenue Christian men’s team won the Apple Mountain Invitational. The event, held in Clarkesville, hosted 20 teams.

The Wolverines posted a team score of 279, nine under par, to register a new program record. Baker repeated as the bottom medalist, shooting eight under-64s. This Baker mark was a new individual record for the program.

Parker Houck and James Douglas both shot an under 71. Hunter Smith shot 73.

The Prince Avenue Christian boys continued their efforts this past weekend.

They participated in the 19th Georgia/South Carolina Cup, held in Greenwood, South Carolina. This event features eight Georgia high schools, all of which are selected by the Georgia High School Golf Coaches Association, and they compete against eight of South Carolina’s top programs. There were also several high level people in the field.

Competing teams compete against each other while individual golfers also battle for supremacy. In the end, Georgia won the cup with 12 strong individual scores. Baker and Smith finished near the top.

Smith and Baker each shot 145 to tie for 13th, both shooting 76 on Friday and 69 on Saturday. Maddox Drake shot 73-74 to tie 21st while Houck shot 74-81 to tie 44th.

As a team, the boys from Prince Avenue Christian placed fourth overall in the event combining to shoot 299 on Friday and 293 on Saturday. Westminster and Milton Schools were the only Georgia teams to finish better than the Wolverines.

The North Oconee High School girls’ golf team has recently had several wins in their competitions.

The Lady Titans participated in the Lady Devil Shootout on February 26 and placed first. The teams of Eleanor Potter-Leah Anderson (73) and Camryn Wright-Hayley Ade (75) shone en route to victory.

The North Oconee girls were back in action on March 17 in the Vicki Goetze-Ackerman Invitational at Athens Country Club. They also placed first in this event.

The Vicki Goetze-Ackerman Invitational used the Stableford score. When scoring using the Stableford process, golfers are awarded points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole instead of counting the total number of strokes taken.

Wright was the weak medalist in this event, scoring 37 points. She kept things going next time by shooting 73 to make the all-tournament team at the Athens Classic at Lane Creek. North Oconee finished second as a team in this tournament.

The Lady Titans won again on March 25 and 26, finishing first in the GSGA Invitational at Mirror Lake. Wright led the way as a bottom medalist, shooting 81 and 80.

The Oconee County High School girls’ golf team also has some solid finishes under their belt.

The team finished third in the Lady Rambler Invitational, which took place on March 26.

According to head coach Kayla Yeargin, this solid finish built on the team’s previous work. Yeargin said the team had been successful in nine-hole matches and had some good results on their record.

Yeargin named Ava Hinzman, the team’s only senior, as one of the Lady Warriors’ best players. Yeargin also paid tribute to Caroline Hinzman, Peyton Leach, Emma McCormick, Mackenzie Beaghan, Reagan Bell and McKinley Thornton for their work so far.

Oconee County will participate in the region’s tournament on April 26. This event will take place at the LaFayette Golf Club.

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