North's Yang wins share of title

JEKYLL ISLAND - The North Gwinnett girls fell short of the team championship Monday, but Louisa Yang earned a share of the individual title in the Class AAAAA state golf tournament on Jekyll Island's Indian Mound Course.

Yang shot even-par 72 over the 18 holes, finishing tied with Northview's Joy Kim for the top individual honors.

"It wasn't the best, but there weren't a lot of easy holes out there," said Yang, who shot 73 in the state tournament last season to finish second, two strokes back of the winning score.

"I had nothing higher than a bogey. I had three birdies and the rest were pars. I let a lot of birdie holes get away."

Yang's team, meanwhile, settled for third at 155, two strokes behind Glynn Academy and Northview, which finished second behind North Gwinnett in the earlier Region 7-AAAAA


Those two teams ended up sharing the girls state title after a strong thunderstorm in mid-afternoon left the JekyIl Island courses under water as the girls tournament was finishing up and Glynn and Northview were preparing for a playoff to decide the championship.

The Peachtree Ridge boys team left the tournament wondering what might have been as its 36-hole affair had to be shortened to 18 holes due to the heavy rains. A near-hour delay was likely going to keep the second 18 from finishing, anyway, but eventually it had rained enough to force officials to declare the Pine Lakes Course unplayable, leaving the first round scores to decide the championship.

Peachtree Ridge was tied for third at 298 after the first round, putting the team seven shots behind leader Colquitt County, which ended up winning the title.

"We would have liked to have seen what would have happened," said Peachtree Ridge coach Bert Green, knowing a seven-shot deficit can be easily made up over 18 holes in team competition. "It's disappointing."

Roswell ended up getting second with a 294. Centennial was tied with Peachtree Ridge at 298. Two-time defending champion Glynn Academy shot 299 in the morning round.

All of the teams were in the middle of their second rounds when the storm hit the island.

Over the first 18, Patrick Lovely led Peachtree Ridge with a 72, Billy Shida and Ben Greene both shot 75, Kevin Bennett shot 76 and both Ben Wolfe and Seth Reeves shot 78. The top four scores count toward the team score. Peachtree Ridge was the only boys team to have all six golfers shoot below 80.

"The back nine of the first 18 is when we really started playing," Green said. "We were excited about going back out there in the afternoon and playing again. We were only seven back."

Colquitt County's Aaron Elrod and Harrison's James White ended up sharing the individual championship. Both players shot 3-under-par 69 in the opening round.

Also in the boys tournament, Brookwood shot 315, getting a team-best 77 from Kevin Seay, and South Gwinnett shot 317, with a team-best 76 by Jeremy Britt.

In the girls tournament, Parkview shot 187 and was led by Amanda Xu's 76, while Brookwood shot 199, which included a 97 by Mary Beth Wys.

Wesleyan boys eighth at state golf

VIDALIA - The Wesleyan boys, led by an 81 from Trent Parks, placed eighth out of 16 teams on Monday in the Class AA state tournament at Rocky Creek Golf Club.

The Wolves also got an 84 from Ryan Anderson, an 85 from Russell Lovelady and an 87 from Austin Day for a team score of 337. GAC's boys finished ninth at 338 in the tourney, won by Lovett at 305.GAC was led by 84s from Pavle Potparic, Brad Bartlett and Patrick Howard.

The GAC girls had a bit of controversy in their finish at Vidalia Country Club. They shot 172, good for third behind an 81 from Katie Tufts (fourth overall) and a 91 from Rebekah Osteen.

But Tufts was disqualified for playing from an improper drop zone, possibly forcing GAC to count Lisa Licata's 99, which would drop the team to sixth. GAC is protesting the ruling, which also DQ'ed a Jackson golfer in Tufts' group.

"We're protesting because, the drop zone was painted on the ground, and it was not communicated on the rules sheet given to the kids," GAC golf coach Steve Tufts said. "They had a rules official on the hole telling people the drop zone was not in play but he was at lunch when Katie's group came through."