Hogan Ingram

Hogan Ingram putts on the 18th green during the final round of the Rome Junior Classic golf tournament at Coosa Country Club on May 5..

Taking second place at state in his freshman year, Rome High golfer Hogan Ingram has made it a step closer to taking the top spot as a sophomore.

Ingram shot a 2-under 69 on Monday on the opening day of the Class 5A GHSA Golf State Championship at Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton.

Ingram sits in a three-way tie for first place with Ola’s Jared Edwards and Trevor Basse. Ola leads the tournament with a 285, and Rome as a team is in 10th place with a 340.

Also for Rome, Barritt Cowan shot an 87, Adam Trammell shot a 91, and Sawyer Hernandez had a 93.

In the Class A Private championships at Green Island Country Club in Columbus, Area 4-A Private champion Darlington has its girls team with a one-stroke lead over Atlanta International at 156 and its boys’ team sitting in fifth place with a 299.

Nea Leppanen and Liza Frisbee each carded a 78 for the Lady Tigers, who are tied for second place. Atlanta International’s Meghna Grover leads with a 3-over 74.

For the Tigers, Lindsey Cordell, who will compete in a U.S. Open sectional qualifying event in June, is tied for second place with a 1-under 70.

The Tigers, tied for fifth as a team, also had Scott Spyra with a 72, Redding Shaw with a 78 and Alec Patterson with a 79.

Brookstone leads the tournament on its home course with a 295 over second-place Christian and Heritage Christian with 296. Brookstone’s Bo Blanchard leads with a 68.

In the Class AA competition at Oak Mountain Golf Club in Carrollton, Model’s Cody Boazman and Rockmart’s Mason Hitchcock both shot 7-over 79 and are tied for seventh place.

Also for Rockmart, which is in 10th with a team score of 356, Parker Crawford shot an 80, Karson Moates shot a 94, and Karter Moates had a 103. Metter’s Ian Glanton is out front with a 70 and his team is in first place with a 302.

On the girls’ side, Pepperell’s Josie McGraw and Sydnie Edwards shot a 94 and a 95, respectively, to lead the Lady Dragons to a 189 and seventh place after the first day.

Rockmart’s girls sit in 10th place with a 214 thanks to Gracie Tan’s 103 and Neely Collum’s 111. Breman leads with a 149, and Christian Williams is out front with a 1-over 73 for the Lady Blue Devils.