Heritage Generals

The Heritage Generals, who finished Monday's round at 310, could only manage a 318 on Tuesday in the final round of the Class AAAA boys' state championship at the University of Georgia course in Athens.

However, the Navy-and-Red would actually improve their position in the team standings as they finished fifth overall with a 628. They defeated Benedictine by one shot and finished two shots ahead of Jefferson.

It was a big day for senior Cain Stover, who followed up a 76 on Monday with a 73 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for sixth place overall at 149. Chandler Burns had rounds of 77 and 81 to finish in a tie for 24th at 158, while Robert Allan Lyle finished at 161 with rounds of 79 and 82.

Samuel Johnson ended his tournament at 167 (78-89), Declan Ryan finished at 170 (88-82), and Carter Bell wrapped up his state championship at 178 (92-86).

North Oconee dominated with rounds of 285 and 300 to finish at 585. Marist was second at 609 (303-306). Perry was third at 617 (309-308), while Columbus was fourth at 624 (319-305).

The Titans also took the top three spots in the individual standings. Luke Koenig finished at 2-over-par 144 with rounds of 69 and 75. Luke Jarvis was 4-over-par 146 with rounds of 70 and 76, while Eli Rogers finished at 5-over-par 147 with rounds of 73 and 74. Two golfers tied at 6-over-par, while Stover was in a four-player group at 7-over-par.

The Heritage girls also enjoyed two solid days on the course in Athens as they placed sixth in the team standings with a 36-hole total of 591.

After a 302 on Monday, the Lady Generals improved by 13 shots in the second round and ended Tuesday with a 289.

Lauren Self carded her second straight 89 and finished the tournament in 12th place at 178. Kendall Harrell rebounded from a 108 in the first round to shoot 98 in the second round. She landed in 25th place at 206, while Maddie Hunt's rounds of 105 and 102 gave her a total of 207 and a share of 26th place individually. Zoe Ha, who did not post a score on Monday, played on Tuesday and shot a 108.

Heritage wasn't the only local team near the top of the leaderboard as Northwest Whitfield finished third with a 531 (263-268) and were only five shots behind Marist's 526 (262-264) for the runner-up spot. North Oconee won the girls' title with a 494 (242-252).

However, it was Northwest Whitfield who claimed the individual title as Region 7-AAAA champion Sara Burger added to her resume with a Class AAAA individual state championship.

Burger followed up a 75 on Monday with a 72 on Tuesday and ended the tournament at 3-over-par 147, defeating North Oconee's Madi Chappell by six shots. Chappell had rounds of 75 and 78 to finish at 9-over-par 153. Another Lady Bruin, Audrey Holder shot 80 and 82 to place sixth at 162.

Scott Herpst is sports editor for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga., and Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga.

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