Even in wet and muddy conditions, both the Dalton High School boys and girls golf teams are sharpening their games at the right time.
With the Region 7-4A tournament scheduled in two weeks, both the Catamounts and the Lady Cats finished second during play at the Fields Ferry Invitational in Calhoun on Monday. Despite the soggy conditions, Dalton’s Jacob Brown tied for medalist honors with a 2-over par 74 to lead the Cats to a 313 combined score in the six-play, four-score format. Dalton finished three strokes behind tournament winner LaFayette.
Not to be outdone, the Lady Cats’ Carson Roberts was fourth overall with an 89 and teamed with Mable McKone’s 93 for a 182 to finish second behind Darlington. The girls played the course to a par of 74 and the top two scores counted toward the team score.
Local schools also playing in the tournament were Northwest Whitfield, Christian Heritage and Coahulla Creek.
Dalton’s girls will play host to the Region 7-4A tournament later this month at the Dalton Golf and Country Club, and coach Nancy Hallsworth likes the options she has. In region and at the state tournament for Dalton, four will play and three will score for the official team score. Ashleigh Peters finished Monday with a 98, while Lyndsey Parker had a 101. Hallsworth has other options as well with Baylee Mitchell (102) and Olga Fouche (113) also playing at Fields Ferry.
“We have been playing the top teams in Atlanta over the last four weeks, and this finish is heading in the right direction for region and state after that,” said Hallsworth. “That is our total focus.”
The Cats also got scoring rounds from Davis Kirk (78), Addison Lambert (80) and Allen Behr (81). Landon Hicks (85) and Miller Lovingood (97) also played for Dalton, which will play in the region tournament at Nob North in two weeks. While coach Hunter Johnston was pleased with the second-place finish, he knows his team will face steep competition at region. LaFayette is also a member of Region 7-4A.
“We’ve got a few teams in our region that are really going to duke it out for the region title,” Johnston said. “It is really causing every team in the region to bear down and put a little more pressure on ourselves. We are trying to minimize our mistakes heading to the region tournament. We have our work cut out for us.”
Northwest’s boys were fifth overall with a team score of 326. Ethan Hayes led Northwest with a 3-over 75 and finished tied for fourth overall, while other counting scores came from Chad Flanders (81), Tyler Clayton (83) and Chandler Lomax (87).
Marlee Bingham led the Lady Bruins with an 88 and was third overall and combined with Emilee McKinney’s 121 for a team total of 209.
Coahulla Creek finished with a team score of 358, led by David Manis’ 85. The other four golfers for the Colts — Walt Douglas, Brandon Wilson, Austin Cole and Alec Longmire — all shot 91. The two Lady Colts both withdrew and did not finish the tournament.
Christian Heritage’s Kyle Stanley and Blake Carver shot 78 and 79, respectively, as the Lions finished with a 383, which was the school’s best score of the season. Also scoring for the Lions were Hutch Swafford (109) and Tyler Tipton (117). Christian Heritage does not have a girls team.
n Inclement weather and/or wet conditions led to the postponement of most events on Monday’s area prep schedule.
In varsity baseball, Christian Heritage was scheduled to host Chattanooga’s Silverdale Baptist but Lions coach Noah Stokes did not return a message seeking information on the game.
In varsity golf, Murray County was scheduled to host North Murray and Southeast Whitfield — with the boys playing at Indian Trace and the girls playing at Spring Lakes — but those matches were rescheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday.
In varsity tennis, Dalton’s boys and girls matches at Notre Dame in Chattanooga were rescheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, and Murray County’s boys and girls matches versus Pepperell at Georgia Highlands College were postponed. Murray County coach Becky Quast said those matches will likely be made up Friday, dependent on available transportation.
In junior varsity boys soccer, Dalton’s home match versus Southeast Whitfield was postponed, although a makeup date had not been determined as of Monday afternoon.
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