The Walton girls picked the best possible time to go low.
The Lady Raiders finished the Class AAAAAA state golf tournament in second place after posting 243, the best score in program history, Monday at Gordon Lakes Golf Club in Fort Gordon.
Lambert won the tournament with 226.
Coach Rick Myrick said Walton was the only team at state that posted a lower score than it did in either the region or sectional tournaments, where it took second place in both.
All four Walton scorers shot below 90. Abbey Williams ended her career with a birdie and led the pack with a 78. Autumn Gabe shot 81, Lindsay Seagraves 84 and Meredith Singer an 89.
“After sectionals, we kept practicing, we worked hard,” Myrick said. “We really prepared for it. We kept our practice routine up and whenever we could practice, we practiced.”
The Harrison girls shot 264. Hailey Willman, Caroline McLeod, Abby Brown each shot 88. The Lady Hoyas final place was still to be determined. Final tournament scores for the Class AAAAAA girls tournament and the Class AAAAA boys tournaments had not been finalized by press time.
The Walton boys tied for fourth overall with Newnan in the AAAAAA tournament at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans with a 307. Peachtree shot 300 to win it and Roswell and Johns Creek tied for second with a 303.
Unlike the Walton girls, the boys seemed to be disappointed in the final outcome. The Raiders were in contention to win it toward the end but ultimately had to settle for fourth.
Connor Edison and Andrew Edison both shot 75, John Yi carded a 76 and Matt Flynn finished with an 81.
“We had some disappointed boys because we truly had a chance to win it,” Walton coach Mike Davidson said. “We didn’t play as well as we’ve been playing all year but still proud of them. It was a pretty tough course too. We’ve been shooting below 300 all year long and 300 won it.”
Harrison took 12th with a 323 behind Luke Schniederjans (78) and Nick Bell (79). Matt McMahon and Sam Maryland both shot 83 to contribute.
Kennesaw Mountain’s Jonathan Keppler, the 2012 state champion who qualified for state as an individual, placed fourth overall with a 1-under 71.
The Pope boys shot a 316 and the girls shot 286 to take sixth in their respective Class AAAAA state tournaments. It was the state debut for both teams. Daniel Edmondson shot a 74 to lead the Greyhounds, Brady Coopersmith posted an 80 at Bartram Trail Golf Club in Evans and Alex Reedy and Alan Guzman both shot 81.
“This is the first time at a state tournament and they didn’t fold under pressure,” Pope coach Jason Dasinger said. “They shot their best score of the year. We’re extremely proud of them.”
The Lady Greyhounds played at Jones Creek Golf Club with Lizzie Reedy leading with an 82, good enough for 10th. Alexis Brindley shot 91, highlighted by an eagle 2 on the par-4 first hole, and Jessica Sanders shot a 113.
Matthew Hines shot an even 72 to lead the Kell boys. Mark Decoster chipped in with a 78, Ryan Hines shot 80 and P.J. Varner had an 82.
The Walker boys took sixth overall in the Class A private school tournament at Augusta’s Forest Hills Golf Club with a 314. Brookstone shot 301 to win by seven strokes over Athens Academy and Holy Innocents.
Walker’s Jonathan Hsu tied Mount Paran Christian’s Mack Alford with a 73. Joe Reich finished with a 77, Barrett Kulik shot 81 and Triston Barton fired an 83.
The Whitefield Academy girls took seventh overall, despite Madison Barnett shooting a 72. Her only other teammate, Audrey Garrett, had to settle for a 125.