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Golf takes on State

Rainy days doesn't stop the golf teams.

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Bailey Hardy, junior, finishes her tee shot. This was on the second hole of the last day.

Bailey Hardy, junior, finishes her tee shot. This was on the second hole of the last day.

Bronlyn Holland

Bronlyn Holland

Bailey Hardy, junior, finishes her tee shot. This was on the second hole of the last day.

Bronlyn Holland, Sport's Editor

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With three consecutive days in the pouring rain and a total of 54 holes at Oak Mountain Championship Golf Course in Carrollton, the Girls Golf team battled it out to finish in tenth place. The first day was on Sunday, which consisted of a practice round and Monday and Tuesday was the state championship.

Georgia High School Association now made the state championship two days, so the scores will be cumulative.This was an advantage for some teams in case players had an unsatisfactory first round, they could come back and off set their score.

“Yesterday, we started out and it was sunny, but then over time rain started to fall and thunder started to come and we had to stop playing. When we resumed , everyone did not want to…The second day rained and thundered for quite a while and then the sun came out, but everyone was still not in a good mood,” Elizabeth DiMartino, junior, said as she describes how the tournament went.

Each day, the conditions of the course worsened. The last day had miserable circumstances.

“On our final 18, we played nine holes in pouring rain. Not just light rain, pouring rain. That’s something I’ve never had to do before and hope I never have to do again,” Ava Rokosz, junior, said.

There was a chance the tournament was going to be called off for Tuesday and use the scores from Monday.  Since there was no lightning in the area, the tournament was on.

There was much standing water, which made striking the ball very difficult on the very steep hills along the course. The fairways were soaked and the greens were very slow, which doubled some of the players putting. This caused the players to sort of not have the right mindset on some holes.

“I just need to get to the green,” Taylor Johnson, sophomore, said about once the tournament started, “It doesn’t matter. I just need to get to the green and finish that hole” Johnson said.

At the end of the three days, the players were exhausted after the tiresome 54 holes.

“I’ve been really hungry,” Bailey Hardy, junior, said after playing the last day of 18 holes.

Other players were also very exhausted at the end.

“I kinda want to chop my legs off. I hurt all over,” Johnson said.

Gidget Gue, athletic director, stood in Steve Sewell’s, head coach, place while he was with the boys at their state championship,

“It was awesome how these girls represented Ola High School and playing their hearts out in not the best conditions, ” Gue said.

Gue was able to keep the girls focused and helped them stay positive throughout the tournament.

With state in the past, the team is motivated and knows what it takes to reach the top.

” Slow down and everything is not that big of a deal, ” DiMartino said.

Along with the girl’s state championship, the boys were about ten minutes away at Sunset Hills Country Club.  The boys finished in second place for the boys 5A golf state championship.

“Both teams did really well. The boys really excelled today and the girls played well too,” Sewell said.

Sewell had both of his teams at state and couldn’t be prouder.

“I feel great just because I am proud of the kids. They are the ones who did it,” Sewell said.

Both teams are determined to make it back to the state championship and have a possibility of winning.

Bailey Hardy, junior, finishes her tee shot. This was on the second hole of the last day.

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  1. Jenny evans on May 25th, 2017 12:02 pm

    I am so proud of all of the kids. The pros don’t even play in those conditions. I just pray nobody gets sick. Thank you for your report. It was great.

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