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North girls unseat Mill Creek at region golf tournament

Staff Photo: John Bohn Norcross golfer Camille Streeter has difficulty hitting out of a sand bunker near the 11th greed during the Region 7-AAAAAA girls golf tournamentmplayed on Wednesday at Northwood Country Club.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Norcross golfer Camille Streeter has difficulty hitting out of a sand bunker near the 11th greed during the Region 7-AAAAAA girls golf tournamentmplayed on Wednesday at Northwood Country Club.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Duluth golfer Sally Kim hits onto the 16th green during the Region 7-AAAAAA girls golf tournament played on Wednesday at Northwood Country Club.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn North Gwinnett golfer Christina Yang hits onto the 14th green during the Region 7-AAAAAA girls golf tournament, played on Wednesday at Northwood Country Club.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- With another Yang in the lineup, North Gwinnett's girls golf team is back on top.

Freshman Christina Yang shot a low-round 72 and the Bulldogs won the Region 7-AAAAAA title on a drizzly Wednesday at Northwood Country Club.

The last time North took home the region championship was in 2007 with Christina's older sister, Louisa, leading the way.

"I'm excited," Yang said. "Starting out, I was not that hot. At the end, even though it started raining, I played well. Everything changed (at the turn). I started hitting the greens a lot better. I was getting within less than 10 feet.

"Since it was kind of like a new start, a new nine, I started playing better. I was trying harder because it was region."

Mill Creek, which has won the region four of the last five years, finished six shots back.

But Yang was the first of her teammates to finish so she had to wait to see what would happen.

"I was calm because I assumed everyone was doing well," Yang said.

She was right. Yang's round was nearly matched by her teammate, senior Alex Hudson and her 75 was what really pushed the Bulldogs past the rest of the field with a 247 total.

"For Alex, this was her best competitive round, period," North head coach John Payne said. "She's the kid that you just love to death because she tries so hard. As a ninth-grader, she was this tiny little thing that had hardly played golf and just wanted to be part of the team. She has just worked hard for four years.

"This is why you coach. To see when she came off that last green, I thought she'd shot a 90 or something. Because she just looked shocked. I knew she had a good front nine, but the expression on her face, I think she was the most surprised person here."

North gets an automatic state berth, while Mill Creek (253), Duluth (274) and Habersham Central (288) head to sectionals in a new format.

"For this region, that's long overdue," Payne said. "We've always had a lot of good teams. I expect all three of those teams are going to make it to the state tournament."

Top 10 individuals

  1. Christina Yang, North Gwinnett, 72

  2. Alex Hudson, North Gwinnett, 75

  3. Jordyn Sims, Duluth, 78

  4. Katie Plummer, Mill Creek, 82

  5. Hannah Magda, Mountain View, 83

  6. Garnett Glaser, Mill Creek, 85

T7. Grace Choi, Mill Creek, 86

T7. Ashley Blackburn, Habersham Central, 86

  1. Sally Kim, Duluth, 91

  2. Lauren Kardish, Mill Creek, 94

Team standings

North Gwinnett (247): Christina Yang, 72; Alex Hudson, 75; Callie Cronin, 100.

Mill Creek (253): Katie Plummer, 82; Garnett Glaser, 85; Grace Choi, 86.

Duluth (274): Jordyn Sims, 78; Sally Kim, 91; Cassie Kooker, 105.

Habersham Central (288): Ashley Blackburn, 86; Kylie Stephens 98; Alex Oren, 104.

Mountain View (301): Hannah Magda, 83; Morgan Foley, 107; Sarah Buice, 111.Peachtree Ridge (303): Christi Lee, 100; Reeya Shah, 101; Sydney Hickman, 102.

Collins Hill (309): Ellen Min, 96; Merritt Williams, 104; Kelsey Aylor, 109.

Norcross (311): Rachel Flowers, 100; Camille Streeter, 105; Emily Danielson, 106.