Trevor Bassett, junior, walks towards his second shot on the first hole. Bassett teed off at 8:10am.

Bronlyn Holland

Golfers swing their way into State once again

May 1, 2019

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  • Brooks Gineris, senior, places his ball down after he analyzed his putt on the 18th green. Gineris shot 77 in his last Area tournament.

  • Jarod Edwards, senior, lines up his tee shot on the eighth hole. Edwards hit the green when he made contact with the ball.

  • Trevor Bassett, junior, chips on the fridge of the green. Bassett accomplished goals and shot 72 during the tournament.

  • Landon Dodson, senior, analyzes his putt. Dodson shot 80 in his last Area tournament.

  • Brooks Gineris, senior, hits his second shot on the ninth hole at Planterra Ridge. Gineris played in the Area tournaments all through his high school career.

  • Jarod Edwards, senior, hits his second shot on the ninth hole. Edwards played in his second Area tournament.

  • Keith Watkins, senior, approaches the green. Watkins shot 77 in the tournament.

  • Bryce Barfield, senior, putts for a birdie on the 18th green. Barfield shot 84 in his last Area tournament.

  • Brooks Gineris, senior, analyzes his yardage. Gineris played in his last Area tournament.

  • Landon Dodson, senior, tees off on the first hole. Dodson teed off at 8:40am.

  • Trevor Bassett, junior, walks towards his second shot on the first hole. Bassett teed off at 8:10am.

  • The Boy's Varsity Golf team poses for a photo after the tournament. The team placed Runner-Up in the Area 2-AAAAA tournament at Planterra Ridge Golf Club in Peachtree City.

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The Boy’s Varsity Golf team competed in the Georgia High School Association Area 2-AAAAA tournament at Planterra Ridge Golf Club in Peachtree City on Tuesday, April 30. At the end of the tournament, the four lowest scoring teams advanced to the State tournament.

“I would’ve liked to have won it but we’re pretty happy about going to State and have a chance to win… I’m excited to win it,” Keith Watkins, senior, said.

I’m excited to win it,”

— Keith Watkins

As this tournament is the second to last tournament of the season, and for some, their second to last ever high school tournament, the team kept their emotions in check even with the shots they did not necessarily like.

“It wasn’t that hard because it’s still playing golf and it’s like what do I have to do and I didn’t really focus on being a senior and this is it. I focused on us winning Area and that would take care of itself,” Brooks Gineris, senior, said.  

The seniors played their hardest and soaked in every moment on the course and even had some more favorable moments involving other teammates in mind.

“Probably to see that Trevor shot even because he shot 103 last year,” Watkins said.

From the Area tournament last year to now, Trevor Bassett, junior, accomplished many goals and bettered himself in many areas of his golf game and even obtained 15 pars yesterday.

“It felt great. It’s probably how I should’ve played last year,” Bassett said.

Lewis Pulliam, coach, led the team for the first time and witnessed those who are determined to win a State title.

“It was very enjoyable. I enjoyed the kids play to their abilities… At the start, I was a little anxious for the guys, so seeing them get off well was really enjoyable,” Pulliam said.

Every year, the team advanced to state and this year was no different. Every boy on the team knew the pressure they were under and it only made their determination for a State title stronger and to keep the team on target, Pulliam gave a word of advice to each of them before their first tee shot.

“Stay calm and play to their ability. Play to their level and let everything else play as it does…Compete, they have the ability to succeed and just have to put it all together,” Pulliam said.

As this is the last Area tournament for the seniors, Gineris looks back at the excitement each tournament had to offer and to what will happen in the future.

It’s kind of exciting knowing we will never have this chance again,”

— Brooks Gineris

“It’s kind of exciting knowing we will never have this chance again, so it keeps me focused because I want to win state,” Gineris said

At the end of the tournament, Bassett shot 72, Jarod Edwards, senior, shot 73, Watkins shot 77, Gineris shot 77, Landon Dodson, senior, shot 80 and Bryce Barfield, senior, shot 84. In total, it is a qualifying score of 299.

The Mustangs will be back in action on May 20 and 21 at Sunset Hills Golf Club in Carrollton for the Boys 5A State tournament.

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