Fresh off another top four finish at the Class 4A state tournament last year, the LaFayette Ramblers’ golf team traveled to the Mirror Lake Golf Club in Villa Rica this past weekend and proved that they still have the horses to make another run this season.
LaFayette placed third behind Greenbrier and Dalton in a unique eight-team event called The Octagon.
Teams played nine holes on Friday to get seeding for Saturday’s competition. The Friday holes were based on a “skins” concept, in which players got points based on their scores for each hole, plus bonus points for winning a hole against their opponents and winning a match.
The Ramblers were third after the skins portion of the tournament with 132 points, trailing only Greenbrier (163) and Dalton (143). Gage Smith and Mason Cain each had 26 points, which tied them for second place overall. Tyler Jackson had 22, followed by Riley Grant (20), Jon Durham (14), Kyle Moore (13) and Carter Grant (11).
Saturday saw the teams play three nine-hole matches featuring three singles matches, a low-ball match with two players as teammates and one alternate shot match with two teammates. Smith, Carter Grant and Riley played singles in all three matches, Jackson and Cain teamed up in low-ball, while Durham and Moore played alternate shot in the Ryder Cup-style format.
LaFayette defeated LaGrange, 3-2, after winning all three singles matches. The Ramblers lost to Greenbrier, 4-1, with Smith getting the lone win. Both of the Grant brothers lost on the next-to-last hole. Then against St. Pius X, LaFayette claimed a 4-1 victory with three singles wins and a low-ball victory. Smith, the Valdosta State signee, defeated Daniel McKenzie – the 2017 Class 4A individual state champion – by a 2-up score.
St. Pius was fourth, followed by Carrollton, LaGrange, Auburn (Ala.) and Wayne County.
The Ramblers are scheduled to play against Gordon Central on Thursday against Gordon Central.