Staff Photo: John Bohn Taylor Allen of Brookwood, hits out of a bunker and onto the 14th green during the Region 8-AAAAA Girls Golf Championships played Friday at Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville. Allen shot 85 to win the event.
SNELLVILLE -- Consistency was the key for both the individual and team champions in the Region 8-AAAAA girls golf tournament Thursday at Summit Chase Country Club.
Taylor Allen used strong chipping just off the greens to post an 18-hole total of 85 to win her third straight individual region title.
And while they didn't quite make the top three in the individual standings, Parkview's Leah Chandley and Bridget Sandy did round out the top five with rounds of 89 and 90 respectively, good enough to help the Panthers post a team total of 179 and dethrone the Broncos as region champs by a single stroke.
"The girls worked so hard all year," Parkview coach Devon Walker said. "To end the season this way is really icing on the cake."
Of course, the Panthers' season is far from finished as they and Brookwood advance to the Class AAAAA state tournament May 7 at Westlake Country Club in Augusta.
And the Panthers got there with steady play from Chandley and Sandy, as well as Hulu Fasil, who shot 99, and Jordan Moody, who finished at 113.
"This is a pretty tough course," Walker said. "We knew we could do OK on the front (nine), but we knew the back (nine) would be very tough. Like I said, the girls have been working hard all year and focusing. And to be able to consistently stay under 100 with three girls, I think that was phenomenal."
Allen has also been a model of consistency, with the Brookwood junior posting a hat trick of region titles Thursday.
And while there were parts of her round she wasn't totally happy with, particularly her putting, her work around the greens was enough to propel her to a one-stroke victory over Shiloh's Cierra Hoyle, with Grayson's Julie Spangler placing third with an 88.
"I was striking then all really well," Allen said. "It came down to putting, and unfortunately, I just couldn't put the ball in the hole (consistently). (But) I was chipping the ball really well."
That chipping came in handy several times on the day, but especially on the round's first hole, in which Allen left her approach short of the green before chipping to within two feet to save par with the putt.
"That was a good start to the entire day," Allen said. "That gave me good momentum."
Allen's chipping then came up big again on another par 4 at the fifth hole.
"I hit an OK drive," Allen said. "I was about 165 (yards) out, (but) I missed the green. I hit a really good chip shot to within about seven feet and I made that putt. That was another key (hole)."
With Allen joining the Broncos as part of the team qualifiers at state, Hoyle will also represent Region 8-AAAAA and Shiloh as an individual after finishing just one shot back of Allen.