Lions not to be denied

WINDER - Not even pouring rain and the threat of gale force wind could slow down the Peachtree Ridge golf team and the Lions dominated the field during the 2008 Gwinnett Open in Winder.

Led by the phenomenal day of Zach Estep, who posted a tournament-low score of 52 (using the Stableford scoring system), Peachtree Ridge ended the tournament 52 points ahead of its nearest competition.

"I had high expectations for the guys," Peachtree Ridge coach Bert Green said. "We did a lot better than I expected ... our players really like this course."

The same weather system that tore holes in the Georgia Dome threatened to tame the Lions' quest for their third consecutive tournament win of the season. However, the wind and rain held off long enough to allow Peachtree Ridge to get closer to the goal set by its coach at the beginning of the year.

"Our goal is to win all five tournaments we play in this year; we are three-for-three now," Green said.

Peachtree Ridge compiled 228 points. Estep was joined by teammates Jack Walsh (48), Ben Greene (44), Ben Lee (43) and Seth Reeves (41) as players to notch a score of 40 or higher.

"This was amazing" Estep said of his team's effort. "... this gives us a lot of momentum for the rest of the season."

John Luna of White County was the top individual scorer not on the Peachtree Ridge team.

He came in third overall with 46 points.

Mill Creek finished in second place overall with 176 points as the boy's team was unable to match the effort of the girl's squad, which won its Gwinnett Open earlier this month.

Collins Hill came in third with a total score of 165.

Brookwood, Parkview and North Gwinnett rounded out the top six in the 17-team field.

Peachtree Ridge will try to win its fourth consecutive tournament of the season next week in Cleveland, Ga.