Milton and Walton were tied for fourth after 18 holes of the Region 5AAAAAA tournament at Cobblestone Golf Course. With region champion Roswell advancing directly to the state tournament, and the second- through fourth-place teams going to the sectional, the tiebreaker was held to determine who that fourth team would be.
Ellison, Milton’s No. 5 golfer, shot 83 during his round, and his score didn’t count toward the Eagles’ total of 311. Nonetheless, he contributed to his team in a big way.
Etowah (304) was the region runner-up and advanced with Lassiter (305) to the May 7 sectional at Brookfield Country Club — Roswell’s home course.
Lassiter coach Butch Burden, who headed up Tuesday’s tournament, said it was a success for both the region and his Trojans.
“It was just a great time,” he said. “It was great golf. It was just too bad someone had to lose the playoff, but at least you saw a bunch of young athletes playing great golf on a good day.”
Burden said the region as a whole benefits from the new sectional format instituted before the season, because more teams can go on to the state championship, should they do well at the sectional.
“I hope they expand it even more,” he said. “We have other good teams. We had a couple more left out. Woodstock with a 312 and Walton with a 311 — they should all go to the sectionals. I still think we have the best region in the state, and the scores show it. The state tournament needs to represent the best teams, but at least this is a move in the right direction. If we had gone with last year’s setup, we would have been a stroke out.”
Lassiter was led by Adam Wright, who shot a 71. Billy LeBrohon shot 75, while Brody Judd (79) and Max Weyrick (80) also contributed.
Walton’s John Yi shot 73, the lowest total from a player not on an advancing team, and advanced to the sectional as an individual. Also scoring for Walton were Max Sheahan (76), Connor Edison (79) and Matt Flynn (83).
Roswell was led by medalist Tommy Rimel, who shot 68. Tuesday’s only other score in the 60s came from Etowah’s Jack Haggerty (69).
Woodstock (312) finished sixth, followed by Cherokee (345) and Wheeler (379).