DALTON - Just how dominant were the Marist War Eagles at the Class 4A boys' state golf tournament on Monday?
So dominant that the War Eagles had four scores of a 1-under par 71 - and they couldn't even use them all.
A blistering 6-under 66 from freshman Will Chandler and a trio of 71's was more than enough to crush the field at the Dalton Golf and Country Club and give the Atlanta-area school its second straight state title and its eighth boys' golf title overall.
Marist got 71's from Jack Larkin, Sean Murphy, Will Duma, and Joe Quirk. The War Eagles also had to throw out the score from their final golfer, Mitchell Yates. Yates carded a 1-over par 73.
Their total of 279 was a full 18 shots clear of Richmond Academy, whose score of 297 would normally be enough to win a state title on any other day.
Just not today.
While the entire Marist team was putting on a show it was Chandler that stole the show.
He birdied four of his first five holes - he parred the par-4 fourth - and made the turn in 4-under 32. He put up two more birdies on the final nine - one at the par-4 11th and another at the par-4 15th - to finish with a backside 34.
His 66 won the individual state title by five shots, while four of his teammates and Columbus' Charlie Flowers, all tied for the runner-up spot.
University of Georgia signee Greyson Sigg shot a 73 for Richmond Academy, one of four scores in the 70's for the Muskateers from Augusta. Michael Cheesborough added a 2-over 74 on the day, while Austin Knox and Carson Spears each finished with a 75.
Stanton Schorr added a 72 for Columbus, who took third place with a 305. South Effingham and Spalding tied for fourth at 308. South Effingham got a 73 from Harrison Stafford's, while Tye Waller added a 73 for Spalding.
A trio of teams from Region 7 took the next three spots. Northwest Whitfield was sixth with a 313, followed by rival Dalton (318) and LaFayette (321).
Mary Persons and Statesboro tied for ninth with a 324, while Heritage (326), LaGrange (330), Wayne County (339), Stephens County (353), and Worth County (382) rounded out the team standings.
The Ramblers, making their first state tournament appearance in five years, finished one stroke better than the 322 they shot at the region tournament back on April 22, which was also held at the Dalton Golf and Country Club.
"A 321 isn't exactly what we had been shooting in the last couple of weeks while getting ready for this tournament, but it's not terrible," LaFayette coach Tom Langford said. "We have to keep in mind that we don't have any seniors. Everyone of these guys will be back next year so this is a building block and maybe an eye-opener for them when they see some of the numbers that were put up out here today."
Kurt Ingram paced LaFayette with a 78, followed by Jacob Morgan (79), Dylan Stansell (80), and Josh James (84). Zac Darden and Witt Pierce also teed it up for the Ramblers. Both golfers finished with a score of 88.
Langford said while he was encouraged by the day's performance, he is also looking forward to the future of the Rambler program.
"Our middle school team has won the league by 30 shots the last two years, and some of those kids will start coming up (to the high school) next season," he added. "The future is definitely solid for us and we're looking for nothing but good things down the road."
Heritage was paced by a 78 from freshman Ben Rebne. John Blevins (80), Sport Almond (83), and Grant Allen (85) rounded out the Generals' team score. Gavin Reeves (89) and Wheeler Owens (102) also played for the Navy-and-Red.