The Commerce High School boys’ golf team finished second at the Class-A Public Sectional tournament last week in Moultrie, qualifying the Tigers for state.
On Monday, May 20, Commerce will host the Class A Public State Tournament at Double Oaks Golf Club.
“Our boys have practiced and worked very hard,” said Tiger coach Josh Shoemaker. “We are very proud of what they have accomplished and look forward to seeing what they can do at state.”
At sectionals, the Tigers were led by standout freshman Sage Culpepper, who carded an 89. Seniors Jonathan Book and Jake Turpin followed with a 90 and a 91. Dalton Dean, rounded out the Tigers’ score with a 95.
“We teed off early and I thought were playing OK until we got the two seniors scores,” Shoemaker said. “I know they are much better than their scores and both of them were very disappointed in their performance. The good news is they both get a chance to continue their season and will get to play at our home course for state.”
Shoemaker added that he was very pleased with the performance of Dean and Culpepper.
“After the first two scores came in I was really worried, but after seeing Dalton and Sage’s scores I knew we were OK,” he said.
While the CHS girls’ team finished fifth overall, three individual Lady Tigers qualified for state as three of the four lowest medalists not on a qualifying team.
Emmie Burley, Hannah McRee and Akyn Trudnak will advance to the state tournament, which Commerce will host at Highland Walk in Royston on May 20.
“The girls’ scores were very close and we were really close to qualifying as a team,” added Shoemaker. “I am very proud of our girls and the way they played. I wanted all of them to get to go to the state tournament as a team and that didn’t happen, so the next best thing was for them to qualify as individuals.”
Results from the Class-A Sectional Tournament in Moultrie are:
Boys – Lincoln County, first (340); Commerce, second (365); Charlton County, third (372); and Miller County, fourth (383). Individual Tiger results are: Sage Culpepper (89), Jonathan Book (90), Jake Turpin (91), Dalton Dean (95), Wesley Counts (103) and Andrew Lathem (117).
Girls – Gordon Lee, first (191); Trion, second (195); Echols, third (211); Wilcox County, fourth (215); and Commerce, fifth (217). Individual Tiger results are: Emmie Burley (107), Hannah McRee (110) and Akyn Trudnak (110).