A few tournaments have already taken place with Harrison’s girls team claiming its 17th consecutive championship after shooting 296 in the Region 4AAAAAA tournament at Bentwater Golf Club in Acworth. Allatoona’s boys competed Thursday at The Frog in Villa Rica.
In the top five classifications, the winning team from each region’s tournament will advance directly to the state tournament, as long as it shoots a qualifying score set by the Georgia High School Association. Region champions that do not post a qualifying score, as well as any other top-four teams that meet the qualifying score, will also play at the sectionals.
The area champions of Class A automatically advance to the state tournament, regardless of their score. The second-, third- and fourth-place teams will first compete in the sectional.
A tournament’s individual medalist will advance to the state tournament, even if his or her team does not advance. The lowest-scoring individual not attached to a qualifying team will also advance, provided they post a score of 85 or better for boys or 100 or better for girls.
The Harrison girls shot better than the 300 qualifier for Class AAAAAA girls and advanced to the state tournament May 19 at Gordon Lakes Golf Club in Fort Gordon. No other Region 4AAAAAA team or individual fulfilled the qualifying scores.
“We’re happy to go straight to state,” Harrison coach Dennis Attaway said. “We have more 18-hole events planned before then to help keep the girls sharp. They’re doing a great job handling and playing their game and going round by round. The girls are showing a lot of maturing.”
The Region 4AAAAAA boys tournament will be held Tuesday at Acworth’s Brookstone Golf and Country Club, Harrison’s home course. The Hoyas will attempt to win its 17th consecutive title.
“The guys are ready,” Attaway said. “We’ll play golf right up until the region tournament. We want to keep the guys competitive and focused on their game. We try not to worry about other teams, just the course.”
The Region 5AAAAAA girls tournament will be Tuesday at Canton’s Woodmont Golf Club, with the boys teeing off a day earlier at Cobblestone Golf Course in Acworth.
The Region 7AAAAA boys will tee off Monday at Eagle Watch Golf Club in Woodstock, while their female counterparts will head to Bentwater on Wednesday.
The Allatoona girls will compete Tuesday at The Frog.
The Area 4A boys and girls tournaments — consisting of Cobb County’s private-school teams — will be played Monday at Cherokee Golf and Country Club in Cedartown.
Whitefield Academy girls golfer Madison Barnett, who was the area runner-up a season ago and tied for seventh in the Class A private-school tournament, is looking forward competing next week.
“I’m really excited about the tournament, and I hope I do better this year than I did last year,” she said. “I’ve had a lot more matches this year that I think have helped me, and I’ve been working on my long striking to prepare.
“This will be my first 18-hole match this season, but I don’t think the extra nine will make that big of a difference. I just need the same amount of focus and concentration.”
Sectional tournaments are scheduled for May 5, with qualifiers from Cobb County playing at an assortment of courses in the southern suburbs of the metro-Atlanta area.