The first 18 holes were forgettable, but the Peachtree Ridge boys golf team recovered to make the day memorable.
Led by state runner-up Seth Reeves, the Lions made a 25-stroke turnaround in their second 18-hole round to tie for second at Monday's Class AAAAA state tournament at Jekyll Island's Oleander Course.
Peachtree Ridge opened with a 308, but battled back with a 283 to tie Lowndes for second place at 591. Harrison won the state title with a score of 570, one stroke off the state record for low team score.
"It was a fantastic comeback," Peachtree Ridge boys coach Bert Green said. "Even though we would have liked to finish first, we're happy right now. I'm really proud of them. After a terrible first round, we could have packed our bags and just finished. But the second 18 we had the best score of all the teams."
Reeves was a major reason for Peachtree Ridge's charge. He shot 67 in his closing 18, which paired with a first-round 76 to give him second place individually. He edged Mill Creek's Kevin Lee, who was third at 144.
First place went to Harrison's James White, who shot 67 and 65. The latter score is believed to be a state record, bettering the 66 shot by current PGA Tour pro Davis Love III at Bull Creek in Columbus in 1982.
Peachtree Ridge, with a lineup of three juniors and three sophomores, also got nice scores from Ben Greene (77-70), Zach Estep (77-72) and Jack Walsh (78-74).
The Mill Creek boys finished fifth in AAAAA at 605 in their first-ever state tournament appearance.
Lee shot 144 (71-73) for the Hawks, finishing third individually.
Teammate Shawn Yim also played well and finished at 147 (72-75).
South Gwinnett's Matt Clayton, who qualified as an individual, finished at 148.
The Brookwood boys placed ninth (645) and the Grayson boys placed 11th (656) in the AAAAA tournament.
Class AA boys
Three rounds in the 70s powered the Wesleyan boys to a fifth-place finish in the Class AA tournament Monday at Coosa Country Club.
Chandler Machemehl led the way with a 73, Clay Rowland was second with a 76 and Pat Steelman added a 78. The Wolves finished at 313 in a tournament won by Savannah Christian's 296.