The Jefferson boys’ golf team earned the first of what it hopes is multiple trophies this season.
The Dragons carded a score of 330 Saturday (March 7) at Chimney Oaks in Banks County to win the 12-team Valhalla Cup. Jefferson won the 18-hole tournament by seven strokes over second-place Habersham Central.
Blake Thompson and Micah Webb both shot rounds of 81, tying for third overall, while Jameson Wall (82) and Brian Habeck (86) rounding out the scoring. Others competing were Tanner Bronnum, who shot an 87 in his first high school tournament, and Bryce James, who finished with a round of 90.
“This win was huge for our confidence moving forward into the season,” Jefferson coach Matt Sims said. “It’s good to keep the momentum going from a strong finish last year, coming off the win at area and a top-eight finish at state last year. The guys are starting to believe they can go out and win and play well on a consistent basis.”
Sims said his entire lineup started out strong at Saturday’s tournament before running into trouble on the front nine and then recovering on the back nine.
“Five out of our six guys shot at least two strokes better on the back nine, so to see them stay positive and get things back on track was special,” Sims said.
Webb faired particularly well on the back nine, improving by nine strokes over his front-nine scorecard.
Sims also pointed to Habeck’s performance after having torn his ACL during football season.
“So, to see him have some success and play great golf was special,” Sims said. “Blake played well for most of the day. He just had a few bad holes that cost him, but he righted the ship and finished strong. He’s really put in the work this offseason and I see him having a special season this year.”
Sims is confident in the direction of this year’s squad after its first 18-hole match.
“As long as we can fix a few things, mainly in our short game, I feel like we are in good shape this year and have a shot at defending our area title,” he said. “Our main goal is to shoot (state) qualifying scores of 340 or less, and anything beyond that is icing on the cake.”