GAC's Cokely, Wesleyan girls just shy of titles

A day's rain delay tests the mettle of even the best golfers, but Greater Atlanta Christian's Spencer Cokely and Wesleyan's girls barely missed a beat.

Cokely tied for second in the Class AA boys tournament Tuesday, and the defending champion Wolves finished second to Savannah Christian after a one-hole playoff in their Class A event.

Cokely, who advanced alone to state by winning the Region 6-AA tournament, shot 2-over-par 74 at the Capital City Club at Crabapple in Woodstock. His round, three strokes behind low medalist Tripp H'Doubler of Westminster, wasn't far off his three 72s this season, including one at region.

Cokely had four bogeys and two birdies and shot 1-under on the back nine. After three-putting No. 10, he played the last eight holes two strokes under.

"I was kind of up and down on the front side and couldn't get the ball in the hole," the sophomore said. "On the par-3 No. 13, I almost had a hole-in-one, and I made a must-make par putt on 14.

"I just kind of found something in my swing on the middle of the fairway on (the par-5) 12th hole," he added. "That kind of stuck with me the rest of the round."

Westminster won the tournament with a score of 300, ahead of Benedictine (317) and Dade County (318).

Wesleyan coach April Waters was pleased with her Wolves at Bull Creek Golf Club in Columbus. Her team tied Savannah Christian at 184 through regulation, then lost the first playoff hole by two strokes. Taylor Blair and Kathryn Fazekas keyed Wesleyan's charge with scores of 81 and 103, respectively. Emily Cowart chipped in a 115 and Holly Boyd had a 123.

"Finishing second was completely unexpected," Waters said. "We had no idea we'd do that well. Really, we were expecting to only be in the top five. Finishing second was a great end to a long day. It was very rewarding."

Wesleyan's boys took seventh at Green Island Country Club in Columbus, well behind Brookstone (290) and Mount Pisgah (298). Clay Clifton shot 73 for the Wolves to finish sixth individually. Drew Rowland, Chandler Machemehl and Landon Hoffman carded 79, 82 and 83, respectively.

Providence Christian's girls, who were third in Class A last year and tied for fourth in 2007 and '08, shared seventh with Holy Innocents' on Tuesday with a score of 195. Nicole Cosentino, who usually scores in the low 90s, shot 97, and Morgan Johnston, typically in the mid-90s, carded 98. Kaitlyn Milks chipped in a personal-best 98.

Stars coach Andy Randrup said the Bull Creek course played longer than usual, but Monday's drenching rains weren't really a factor.

"It was a little wet, but there was no standing water on the fairways or anything," he said. "You didn't get much of a roll, though, because of the wetness."