Bronco girls, Hawk boys win 7 vs. 8 golf match

SNELLVILLE -- It wasn't the most ideal day for golf, with wind picking up and the temperatures slowly falling at Summit Chase on Monday.

But good iron play for one and a round-making putter for another led individuals to low-medal rounds and team wins in the second Region 7-AAAAAA vs. Region 8-AAAAAA golf tournament hosted by Brookwood.

Mill Creek's Phillip Beard shot a low round of 75, a surprise from the No. 5 spot in the Hawks' rotation and his low round carried the boys to the team victory. Mill Creek edged Grayson 317 to 328.

"I wasn't hitting the ball well at first," Beard said. "But I turned it around."

Specifically, Beard saved his round with his putter, avoiding the wind gusts that picked up through the afternoon.

And Beard's been playing well of late, shooting a 74 at Apple Valley over the weekend. But in Monday's Gwinnett-only event, the sophomore found himself playing with new company.

"I've never seen them in my life," he said of his foursome. "It was fun."

Coming up two shots short to Beard, and who looked like he would hang on for the low medal honors as the scores rolled in, was fellow sophomore Harold Lei of Dacula.

Lei also started slow and never felt too comfortable on the course, yet managed to turn in a solid 77.

"I wanted to go home most of the round. I just wasn't feeling it," Lei said. "It was cold."

Lei's 77 kept him about where he's been shooting early in this golf season.

"It wasn't too bad," he said. "I was hitting it all right."

On the girls side Brookwood's Taylor Allen, who played well in last year's match-play event, took low medalist for the girls with an 83 and with teammate Harmanprit Kaur's 85 led the Broncos a tournament low 265 to edge Mill Creek, which turned in a 278. Katie Plummer led the Hawks with an 86.

"It helps to know the course," Allen said of playing her home, Summit Chase.

But Allen struggled on the greens, saving her round with her mid-iron shots, keeping the ball low in the win.

"I was hitting my irons really solidly," Allen said. "I was killing my irons. The wind was definitely a factor. Not so much on the back (nine), but on the front it was blowing like crazy."

Monday was one of the best rounds of the early season for Allen, who admits it's been a "slow start."

"It's been a while since I played competitively," she said. "Today showed that things are picking up."