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Hawks take fifth at state

Photo: David McGregor. Collins Hill golfer Lauren Court watches a putt stray right of the cup during her round of 78 during the AAAAA state golf tournament on Monday in Monroe.

Photo: David McGregor. Collins Hill golfer Lauren Court watches a putt stray right of the cup during her round of 78 during the AAAAA state golf tournament on Monday in Monroe.

MONROE -- Hard, elevated greens gave way to some tough scoring for Gwinnett County golfers on Monday.

But they were mostly pleased with their showing in the Class AAAAA girls golf state tournament at Monroe Golf and Country Club. Tift County won the team championship with a 159, while West Forsyth was the runner-up at 163.

Among Gwinnett teams, Mill Creek was the low team at 172, fifth overall, and Brookwood and Collins Hill tied for seventh at 178. Grayson shot a 194.

The overall individual champion was Harrison's Sydney Conrad, who shot a 73. West Forsyth's Isabella Skinner was second at 76.

For Collins Hill, the defending state champion, senior Lauren Court shot a 78 because of several three-putts. It wasn't the 73 she shot to win last year, but she was OK with the finish.

"It was rough," said Court, who added that she only hit one par-3 green in regulation. "And the greens were giving me a hard time. But, an off day and you shoot 78. I'm not going to complain about it."

Several golfers noted the fast greens, yet Mill Creek sophomore Katie Plummer, who carded an 82, converted a 45-foot putt on No. 2.

"The greens are definitely the trickiest thing out there, you've got to really know your speed," Plummer said. "It was one of my really good putts of the day, I totally did not expect it to go in. I just put a good line on it, put the right speed on it, and got lucky."

Plummer said the pressure of the state tournament only made the already tough greens more difficult, and led to some three-putts.

Brookwood's Allison Gammie shot a personal-low 97, coach Mike Graham said, and Taylor Allen, the team's stalwart all season, signed an 81. After a slow start, Allen came on strong, and at the par-3 No. 17 came within a whisker of a hole-in-one.

"That was a real thrill for her," Graham said. "They all showed a lot of grit and hung in there to grind it out all day long."

Mill Creek is encouraged by its young lineup, which featured Plummer's 82, a 90 from freshman Arielle Roberts and a 94 from junior Judy Nam, who didn't play last season, and took eight months off after her father passed away. Yet as a freshman, Nam shot a 76 at state.

"We're looking forward to next year," Mill Creek coach Robert Nelson said. "It's just one of those experiences you build from."

Mill Creek, which won back-to-back championships three and four years ago, likes its chances to be in the mix next year.

"We've proved that we can take a young team to state like this," Plummer said. "And hopefully come back next year because I feel like our team is very strong, and can do well again next year."