The Banks County High School girls’ golf team finished in a tie for 10th place at the AAA State Tournament on Monday.
The Lady Leopards carded a combined score of 297 on 18 holes at the Waynesboro Country Club near Augusta. Morgan Rylee was the low medalist for the Leopards with a 94. Jody Milford carded a 101, while Ellen Brown posted a 102 and Emily Coker added a 105.
While head coach Len Dalton acknowledged that 10th place in the state is certainly achievement, he noted that the girls were a bit disappointed in their performance.
“After a strong performance in the sectional tournament, the girls had high expectations,” said Dalton. “The course was very crowded and not conducive to golf round with total concentration on your game. There were many distractions for all the golfers as the AAA and AAAA tournaments were both on the same course.”
Despite a disappointing end to the season, Dalton pointed to the overall youth of the team.
Sophomores Rylee and Coker and junior Milford will have the opportunity to improve their scores in the off-season and make another run at a championship next year.
“All the girls have improved greatly from last year,” said Dalton. “With improvements like we saw this year in their games, they will have a chance to win the region next year as region 7-AAA will realign. The girls plan to play some golf tournaments this summer and that should help them work not only on their physical game, but their mental game as well. I hope to have someone work hard and come on strong to take Ellen Brown’s place next year.”
Brown, a graduating senior, ended her final season as a Leopard with a career-low score on Monday.
Tournament results were: Blessed Trinity, first (245); North Oconee, second (249); Buford, third (255); Woodward Academy, fourth (259); White County, fifth (264); Adairsville, sixth (268); Jackson County, seventh (276); Sonoraville, eighth (293); Pike County, ninth (296); Banks County, tied for 10th (297); Pierce County, tied for 10th (297); Swainesboro, 12th (298); West Hall, 13th (305); Haralson County, 14th (320); Gordon Central, 15th (326); and Brantley County, 16th (347).