The Darlington girls golf team accomplished the first big task toward their ultimate goal of claiming the state title on Monday by earning the top spot in the Area-4 Private School tournament.
By placing first in the area, Darlington earned a bye through sectionals and will now move straight to state.
They did so with all four players — Peyton Albertson, Hannah Mae Deems, Lovisa Clausen and Victoria Samuels — scoring in the 80s, and Darlington coach Josh Hembree thinks that the Lady Tigers’ depth and consistency are their most valuable assets.
“It was a great performance,” he said. “We had four girls shoot in the 80’s which is kind of unheard of in girls golf. It shows that our girls have been working hard and have been pushing each other to get better and we like that.”
With this season’s lineup, Hembree said his team is in a perfect position to make a run for the title.
“We hope to win (state),” he said. “We have what I feel like is the best golfer in the state in Hannah Mae Deems, and we’ve got (Albertson) who has two state tournament appearances, so she is very seasoned.
“We’ve also got two young ladies who are new this year (Clausen and Samuels), and they’ve really helped us.
“Anything short of winning the championship will be short of our goals at beginning of the season,” he added.
The state tourney will be May 20 in Savannah at Crosswinds Golf Club.