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Devils defend 7-AAAAA championship

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman<br> Norcross' Josh Klipstein watches his shot during the 7-AAAAA golf tournament at Sugarloaf Country Club on Tuesday.

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman
Norcross' Josh Klipstein watches his shot during the 7-AAAAA golf tournament at Sugarloaf Country Club on Tuesday.

DULUTH — Norcross relied on low medalist Ryan Trocchio last season to help the Blue Devils capture their first Region 7-AAAAA golf title.

With Trocchio graduated, it was the younger Trocchio that came through for the Blue Devils on Tuesday at TPC at Sugarloaf.

Clay Trocchio was one of three low medalists, shooting a 73 to help Norcross defend its Region 7-AAAAA crown.

“It was more exciting the first time we won it,” Norcross coach Steve Sims said. “But this is still just as fun anytime you win region. It doesn’t get old.”

Norcross’ Zach Healy joined Trocchio as low medalist with a 73 as the Blue Devils finished with a team score of 307.

“They didn’t just play good, they played great,” Sims said. “I’m certainly glad they stepped up.”

Trocchio actually had a chance to win the region title outright, but the sophomore bogeyed the 18th hole.

“We knew we had a chance coming in to win the region,” Trocchio said. “It means a lot to win two times in a row.”

Mill Creek’s Emerson Newsome was also a low medalist, helping the Hawks secure the No. 2 spot in the region. It’s Mill Creek’s first trip to the Class AAAAA state tournament, which will be played at Summit Chase in Snellville. Mill Creek scored 313 to edge out Peachtree Ridge’s 318, ending the Lions’ five-year run of qualifying for the state tournament.

Hyun Choi carded a 76 for the Hawks, Dylan Pence added a 78 and Brian Kim shot an 86.

Trocchio and Healy were two of the first golfers off the course and their pair of 73s gave Norcross a big lead.

“When Clay and Zach came in with 73s on their card, I knew it was gonna be hard not to win,” Sims said. “Our big guys didn’t play their best, but Clay and Zach were just steady.”

Will Delahanty shot an 80 and Jason Mendel added an 81. It wasn’t the best day for Norcross’ No. 1 golfer Josh Klipstein. The Georgia College and State University signee carded an 88.

“On a day when our one and two didn’t do so well, it was nice to see the younger guys step up,” Sims said. “It’s been somebody different every time. That’s what makes this team fun.”

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