WINDER - It wasn't as close as last year's one-point win, but Peachtree Ridge still had to wait for the last score to come in to feel safe.
The Lions' golf team defended their Gwinnett Open Championship with an eight-point win over Brookwood on a blustery and chilly spring afternoon at the Chimney's Course.
The Broncos had a slight lead as the final groups came in. But it was a 36-point performance from freshman Zack Estep that put the Lions over the top to capture their second straight county title.
"It is a real good win," Peachtree Ridge head coach Bert Green said. "A couple of scores were disappointing, but overall it was a good team score. We had some young guys that came through."
One of those young guys was sophomore Seth Reeves who scored 39 points under the Stableford scoring system (four points for a birdie, two for a par, one for a bogey).
But when he came in he saw a score a little higher. Junior Kevin Seay fired a 2-under-par round of 70 to score 43 points and capture the individual title. Usually a 70 is a pretty good round on its own, but considering the cold conditions and strong 20 to 30 mph winds, it looks even better.
"I played really good for the conditions. This is one of my better tournament rounds of the year," Seay said. "I got here when it was dark, hitting range balls, and it wasn't too bad when I got here, but it got worse.
"Wherever you hit it, even if you hit it perfect, the wind is going to take it where it wants."
The wind, though, didn't hurt Seay on the handful of holes he birdied.
Brookwood's No. 1 had five birdies on the day, including the 543-yard par 5.
Seay also took advantage of par 4's on Nos. 11 and 13 that are less than 275 yards.
"I hit a bunch of good shots, I hit my irons well and I hit the ball real well," Seay said. "I didn't use my driver and just used a three wood off the tee. I had a chance to eagle 13, but I missed the putt."
Seay helped lead Brookwood to 128 points. Taylor Rose also chipped in with 30 points to finish in the top 10.
The Lions had three of their four usable scores in the 30s, including a 32 from No. 1 Kevin Shida, who tied for sixth.
Collins Hill, led by a 32 from Ryan Baker, finished 15 points behind Brookwood to take third.
Dacula's Murray Flint tied Reeves for second with 39 as the Falcons finished fourth, one point ahead of Mill Creek. The Hawks' Taylor Beebe had 37 points to take fourth.