Melanie Boyd/ Times-Georgian
The Carrollton High School girls' golf team already secured its No. 1 goal for the 2017 season by qualifying for state.
So to play on what they consider a home course over the past two days at Oak Mountain Championship Golf Club to cap off a stellar spring campaign proved to be icing on the cake for the Lady Trojans.
After coming through with a 306 in Monday's opening round, Carrollton dropped six strokes to post a 300 in Tuesday's finale for a total of 606, which was good for 11th place in the 15-team field.
Carrollton head coach Kurt Hitzeman said you can look at team placement at state in different ways, depending on the classification, but he knows for certain that he got everything his girls had this spring.
"Now our girls have a top-12 finish. They're 11th at state. And not just where they finished. Your finish at state can depend a lot on how strong your classification is, and we understand that," Hitzeman said. "Our girls were consistent. They really did a great job this year of playing to the utmost of their ability in the postseason.
"There are no stroke limits at state. There are no double-pars. It's what you get is what you get and for them to go out and post the scores they did that are the same as what they have all year in other tournaments is outstanding."
Junior Taylor Gray led the Lady Trojans from start to finish this year, posting a team-best 185 (94-91) to finish in 19th place individually.
"Taylor is a solid performer, she's a leader for that team. So we're extremely proud of her and all of the girls' efforts," Hitzeman said.
Seniors Camryn Ramsey and Samantha Pope closed out their Carrollton careers on Tuesday, as Ramsey came through with one of the top rounds of her career at 99 to go with Monday's 105 for an overall score of 204 to finish in 32nd place.
"A great way to end for Camryn Ramsey. A four-year letter-winner for the Trojans, and she ends with her second round ever under 100. So she broke 100, and what a great way to end a high school career for her," Hitzeman said.
Pope (107-110) finished with a 217 and placed 43rd overall, while No. 4 Abigail Duke turned in a (115-117) 232 to round out the Lady Trojans in 52nd.
Hitzeman said it was an overall productive year for the Carrollton girls and he's looking forward to seeing Ramsey and Pope do well in their college studies, while the remaining two return to carry the torch next spring.
"We send Samantha and Camryn off where they'll be attending college. Sam wants to be an educator and she's going to go to the University of West Georgia. Camryn is going to go down to Bethune-Cookman. That's her dream school. It was her No. 1 choice and she got in," Hitzeman said. "All of our kids that go through our program, I hope that people can say that they're better for it and that they experienced a lot of good in our programs and that when they leave Carrollton, they're just going to continue the excellence that they've been able to take part in as being a Trojan."
As one of two host sites for Carrollton in the Class AAAAA field, Oak Mountain also proved to be a huge part of not only the local state showcase, but the entire production as Kevin Higgs and Ken Skinner of West Georgia Sports Information Services coordinated all the live scoring across all classifications for the GHSA and the Golf Genius scoring system.
"Extremely thankful for Oak Mountain and the staff there. They did an outstanding, incredible job. The scoring for the entire state ran through Oak Mountain," Hitzeman said. "I mean, you can't say enough about the staff at both of our courses, but an extra big thanks to Oak Mountain, as well."