Harrison shot 294 to claim its 16th consecutive region championship, while Lady Hoyas’ golfer Allison Black took home individual medalist honors for the second straight season.
Black carded a 12-over 84 over the par-72, 5,500-yard course, easily outdistancing her next closest competitor, teammate Caroline McLeod, who fired 103. Hannah Attaway shot 107, while Hailey Willman entered the clubhouse with 108.
Harrison’s 294 region tournament score automatically qualifies the team for the Class AAAAAA state championship, which will be held May 20 at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie. The Lady Hoyas needed to shoot 300 or lower to advance to state, otherwise the team would have gone to the state sectional meet on May 6 in Roswell.
“We’re were just under the cutoff, so we’re going straight to state,” Harrison coach Dennis Attaway said. “There were three things new this year to get to state. One was the score cutoff and the second was that teams had to count three player scores instead of two. The third was the distance because everybody’s going to play the same course distance at state.
“I attribute our score to (the distance). It was a long course, and the girls weren’t use to something like that. I’m not excited about the way we played, but I’m excited that we’re champs again. We have a month to prepare and I hope we get better. It’s nice to not have to worry about about sectionals.”
Black had some difficulty on the front nine of the layout, but improved on the back side. She played the back nine 1-over through 16, but a triple-bogey on 17 cost her some strokes.
“(Wednesay) wasn’t my best round, but it’s nice to defend the title and get the team to state,” Black said. “My main goal was to keep the (region championship) streak alive for the team.”
Black wasn’t worried, however, if her play would cost the team a shot at the qualifying score because she was confident that her teammates would play well.
“There weren’t too many tough holes back-to-back,” she said. “I had a couple of double-bogeys on the front, but it up on the back nine. I worried about those three strokes at 17 would cost me, but I knew (my teammates) had it in the bag. I was very confident our team would get it done, even if we made a few mistakes.”
North Cobb, which was the region runner-up, was the only other team to have enough girls available to post a team score. The Warriors, who carded 404 to finish well behind the sectional qualifying mark, saw Megan McMillan (129), Katie Allen (130) and Maddie Arnold (145) turn in scores.
The runner-up title was the first region trophy of any kind for the Lady Warriors.
“This is as high as we’ve ever finished in region as a team,” coach Adam Cogbill said. “I think they did a great job. It was a tough course set up and just finishing is pretty amazing.”
Only 12 of the 28 participants ended up fielding scores. One of those golfers, Hillgrove’s Karly Hill, shot 105, qualifying her for the state tournament as the low scorer from a non-advancing postseason team.
“I’m super-excited for Karly,” Hillgrove coach Angelena Adams said. “She went to state as a freshman and hasn’t been back since. She’s a senior this year, and it’s great for her to finish her career this way. I know she’ll do well at state.”
Other finishers included Kennesaw Mountain teammates Casey Bunda (107) and Hailey Gossett (111) and McEachern teammates Bria Delane (122) and Madelyn Watkins (133).