EVANS -- No boys golf team could match Mill Creek on the course Monday, but a scoring error cost the Hawks the Class AAAAA state championship.
Mill Creek posted a 298 on the board and for a few minutes looked to have its first boys golf state title. But a clerical error on a scorecard disqualified Dylan Pence's 71 (the team's low round) and forced the Hawks to count an 83.
The switch bumped Mill Creek from first place and into sixth with a 310 total. It also handed Milton (302) the AAAAA title and made the Norcross boys, who tied for fourth at 308, Gwinnett's best finisher at Champions Retreat Golf Club.
"It was pretty rough," Mill Creek boys coach Bob Nelson said. "One moment you're on top of the world and then that happens. But that's golf. And (Pence) is resilient. He'll bounce back. We all recognize how hard he worked to put up a good score. All the guys know that. It's just one of those unfortunate things."
The Hawks wouldn't have been in a position to win without the low round from Pence, a junior who inadvertently signed for a 70 when he shot 71. His senior teammates also played well -- Taylor Martin (73), Emerson Newsome (75) and Hyun Choi (79) also had solid rounds.
Norcross also played well with a young group that will have all four scorers returning next season. Jason Mendel had the Blue Devils' low round with a 73, though Clay Trocchio (74) and Zach Healy (76) were close behind. Patrick Haas shot 85 to round out the scoring.
"I was proud of them," Norcross boys coach Steve Sims said. "We played about as well as we could. You can always find a stroke here or there. But 308 is a good score for us. To be in the top five and be first from Gwinnett County was good for us."
Grayson (11th, 323) and Brookwood (tie for 13th, 328) just missed the top 10.
The Rams were led by Matthew Wilson's 75 and Austin Haynes' 81, while the Broncos got a 79 from freshman Shawn Chong and an 81 from Beau Bowlin.
Peachtree Ridge's Zach Pritchard shot 78 as an individual qualifier, while Dacula's Harold Lei shot 83.