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Lions win fourth region crown

DULUTH - With wind oscillating between blustery gusts to sudden calms, low scores were hard to find on Tuesday.

Seth Reeves found one low enough.

The Peachtree Ridge senior golfer, on his way to Georgia Tech next year, rebounded from a double bogey on his fifth hole with a birdie on No. 7 and used that burst of momentum to shoot a low-round 74 to win the Region 7-AAAAA golf tournament. The win was Reeves' second in three years in the region tournament.

"It was a big grind for me," Reeves said. "With the wind it was hard to find something to hit. I had to be patient and I just had to scramble to get through it."

His teammates scrambled right behind him. After Reeves' 74, the next three Peachtree Ridge golfers came in with 76s to give the Lions their fourth consecutive region title. They beat runner-up Northview by 20 strokes. Shooting 76s were Ben Greene, Zach Estep and Jack Walsh.

"It's always special," said Peachtree Ridge golf coach Bert Green. "Our experience came through. There were no easy shots. No easy putts."

For the seniors, Reeves and Greene, they don't know anything but winning a region title. And they ended their careers at a course they grew up playing.

"Seth and Ben have been our rocks," Green said. "I wanted them to have their senior year at their course. They deserved it. They are great kids, great leaders."

The top finish sends the Lions back to the state tournament at Jekyll Island. This will be the fourth trip for Peachtree Ridge and it is still looking for a state title. The team has posted third, fifth and runner-up finishes the past three seasons.

"We just want to take it serious," Reeves said. "We want to have fun, but we know what we want to do."

The Georgia High School Athletic Association shortened the format to just an 18-hole tournament for this year, a change that leaves this veteran Peachtree Ridge team skeptical.

"I'll tell you in a couple weeks how I feel about it," Green said.

"We have won a lot of 18-hole tournaments," Reeves said.

The excitement of Tuesday's match hovered around the second-place scores. Northview, Mill Creek and Duluth finished within seven strokes and when Duluth's Seol Bin Mun turned in his runner-up 75, the crowd gathered around the score sheets to watch the postings. But Northview's top two scores broke 80, edging the two Gwinnett schools.

Northview will join Peachtree Ridge in the state tournament.

But the day belonged to the dominating and consistent performance by Peachtree Ridge. They were the only team to post all four scores in the 70s. And even though the group photo with the region champ trophy wasn't the first, or even the third, the smiles were no less broad.

"It's been a great year with them," Green said. "Four is special. In any sport."

SideBar: Region 7-AAAAA Golf

Region 7-AAAAA boys golf tournament

At the TPC at Sugarloaf

Tuesday's results

Team results

1. Peachtree Ridge 302

2. Northview 322

3. Mill Creek 325

4. Duluth 329

5. South Forsyth 339

6. North Forsyth 343

7. Norcross 346

8. Collins Hill 350

9. North Gwinnett 351

10. Chattahoochee 386

Individual results

1. Seth Reeves, Peachtree Ridge 74

2. Seol Bin Mun, Duluth 75

T-3. Zach Estep, Peachtree Ridge 76

T-3. Ben Greene, Peachtree Ridge 76

T-3. Jack Walsh, Peachtree Ridge 76

6. Ryan Lorenzetti, Northview 77

T-7. Aaron Jeong, Northview 78

T-7. Shawn Yim, Mill Creek 78

9. Kevin Lee, Mill Creek 80

T-10. Justin Cho, Duluth 81

T-10. Scottie Marsh, Duluth 81

T-10. Gus Wagoner, Northview 81