Harrison’s boys golf team fell four strokes short in a tight battle for the team title Tuesday, but the Hoyas’ third-place finish was still enough to advance from the Area 4AAAAAA tournament Tuesday at The Frog Golf Club in Villa Rica.
The Hoyas finished with a team score of 295 to finish behind champion Creekview (291) and runner-up Dalton (295). Sequoyah (317) earned the final team berth, winning a playoff against Northgate.
The Class AAAAAA state championship will take place May 20-21 at Woodmont Golf and Country Club in Canton.
Harrison had five top-10 finishers, led by Mike Leanos and Charlie Smith, who tied for fifth at 1-over par 73s. Logan Attaway tied for eighth at 74, with Drew Soupiset and Colin Orton tied for 10th at 75.
Creekview’s Jack Vajda was the individual winner with a 68, followed by a three-way tie of Northgate’s Tyler Coffman, Dalton’s Carter Pendley and Creekview’s Luke Ledford at 71.
Brenden Blomquist shot 78 to lead Allatoona, which shot 337 and finished seventh as a team.
► Harrison wins Billy Peek Invitational: The Hoyas maintained a first-round lead to win the tournament named after their former longtime coach.
Harrison shot 620 as a group over 36 holes at the Woodlands Course of Chateau Elan in Braselton. Creekview (623) was second, followed by St. Pius X (630), Holy Innocents’ (630) and Hillgrove (631).
Harrison’s Colin Orton won the individual title with a two-day score of 2-over par 146, beating Creekview’s Josh Ledford (151).
Mike Leanos (158) was the only other golfer to contribute to the scorecard in both rounds. Drew Soupiset (77) and Logan Attaway (78) scored in the first round, while Nick Cunningham (80) and Charlie Smith (81) scored in the second round.
► Area 3AAAAAAA: Catalina Cutter shot 35 on the back nine to finish with an 85, leading Walton to a third-place finish in the Area 3AAAAAAA tournament behind Lambert and Roswell.
The Lady Raiders shot 259 to trail Lambert (245) and Roswell (253).
Mackenzie Kaseta shot 86. Audrey Stasko ended up with an 88 and Kat Euston carded a 91.
With the third-place finish, Walton qualified for the Class AAAAAAA state tournament, which will take place May 20-21 at Chimney Oaks Golf Club in Homer.