As of Tuesday, May 8, 2012
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The GAC girls golf team is shown after winning the Class AA state title on Monday. Pictured from left to right are: Claire Maxa, Bailey Tardy, Kathryn Fazekas and Elizabeth Mizell.
AUGUSTA -- There wasn't a younger team than Greater Atlanta Christian in the Class AA girls golf tournament on Monday. There wasn't a better one, either.
The freshman-heavy Spartans, led by individual champion Bailey Tardy, won their third state championship since 2007 with a total of 157, one stroke ahead of runner-up Vidalia at Goshen Plantation. They also won state titles in 2007 and 2010, but most of this year's team wasn't around for the championship two years ago.
"I'm really proud of how well they did because all four exceeded expectations and played better than their practice rounds," GAC girls coach Gary Richey said. "I'm just extremely proud of them."
Tardy, a freshman, led the way with a first-place individual finish. She bogeyed her first hole, but bounced back to shoot 73 (37-36).
She was backed up by fellow ninth-graders Elizabeth Mitchell (84) and Claire Maxa (84), along with junior Kathryn Fazekas (career-low 86).
With all four players returning next year, GAC should be ready for another title run.
"I'm very fortunate," Richey said. "It's a great group of girls."
Buford's Aly Hicks, who qualified for state as an individual, shot 92 in the AA tourney.