Optimism was high for the Cedartown High School golf teams as they entered their Region 7-AAAA tournaments this week.
“We have played pretty well this whole season,” head coach Bob Tracy said before the tournaments. “We have won seven of 12 matches.”
Tracy noted how everyone on both teams have contributed this year.
“All of the boys have contributed with a lot of steady play from Dalton Puckett and Daniel King,” Tracy said. “The girls have played well this year behind the leadership of senior Meghan Keith. I’ve been really impressed this year behind with freshman Savannah Bentley and sophomore Heather Swafford.”
As they prepared for their biggest events of the season, Tracy said each player had put in the required work to improve their games.
“The players have been preparing for region by working hard on all phases of their game,” Tracy noted.
For the Bulldogs, they competed at the region tournament on Monday at the Dalton Country Club.
As a team, the Bulldogs shot a 364 to place eighth out of 11 teams. Dalton won the region title with a 315 and Heritage-Catoosa finished one stroke back at 316.
Northwest Whitfield (322) and LaFayette (332) finished third and fourth, respectively, and also qualified for the Class AAAA sectionals. Because Dalton won the region title, they advance automatically to the state tournament.
Gilmer finished fifth with a 356, followed by River Ridge (357) and Pickens (360). The Bulldogs came in eighth, and they were followed by Southeast Whitfield (390), Ridgeland (451) and Cass (462).
For the Lady Bulldogs, they competed at the region tournament on Tuesday at the Indian Trace Golf Course in Chatsworth and tied for fifth place with a score of 335.
Dalton won the region title, shooting a team score of 273. Northwest Whitfield (286) came in second, followed by Heritage-Catoosa (298) and Southeast Whitfield (319). By winning region, Dalton automatically advances to the state tournament, while the next three teams each qualified for the upcoming Class AAAA state sectionals.
Cedartown and Pickens were next, tying for fifth place. LaFayette (373) came in the seventh, followed by River Ridge (377) and Gilmer (399).
Ridgeland and Cass did not field teams for the girls.