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Rams win region title

Grayson's Chris Enix hits out of a bunker during the Region 8-AAAAA golf tournament at Summit Chase on Friday morning.

Grayson's Chris Enix hits out of a bunker during the Region 8-AAAAA golf tournament at Summit Chase on Friday morning.

SNELLVILLE -- Grayson's Lenny Gregory held up the Region 8-AAAAA boys golf championship trophy and shouted "How sweet it is."

A year after placing second at the event, Gregory's Rams won the tournament with a score of 313 at Summit Chase Country Club on Thursday.

"This is great. This is a lot of hard work and a vision that was put in place a year ago," Gregory said. "After last year's finish we knew we had a great team coming back and this was a goal set at the beginning of the year."

Grayson's 313 beat out runner-up Brookwood (322), Parkview (335) and Dacula (341). Grayson and Brookwood, which has qualified for state the last five years, will play in the Class AAAAA championship at The Landing Course at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro on May 3.

"This is the best we've played all year," Brookwood coach Steve Thompson said. "With no seniors on the team, this is a great start for next year."

Brookwood's Kyle Guidry shot a 79 to lead the Broncos, followed by Taylor Walker (80), Gary Patsy (80) and Alex Kemp (83).

Grayson had three players shoot below 80 to help it win its second region title in three years.

"I thought they were probably better than all of us," Thompson said. "One through six they were better and look at the scores, that's true."

The Rams' Tyler Carr was the tournament's low medalist with a 76, beating teammate Chris Enix in a two-hole playoff.

"I really didn't feel like we were competing against each other," said Carr, a sophomore. "We were just having fun."

Trent Burkenpas shot a 79 for Grayson and Jamie Carr had an 82.

"We set a goal at dinner last night," Gregory said. "I said if we shoot 320 we'll be region champs and each one had a great round.

"Early in the season, we struggled a little bit, but they had this vision and never lost it."

Ted Moon was Parkview's top golfer, shooting an 80, along with Meadowcreek's Chris Lei. Dacula's Tate Gordner shot an 82 to lead his team.