The Carrollton Junior High School golf teams made it a clean sweep at the 2018 West Georgia Middle School Athletic League Golf Championships on Tuesday at Sunset Hills Country Club.
The Trojans secured back-to-back dual titles for the first time in league history with the boys' team shooting a 200 on the back nine to finish 11 strokes ahead of runner-up Bremen and 16 ahead of third-place Central.
Luke Able of Bremen earned low medalist honors with an individual score of 42, while Carrollton’s Will Jennings finished runner-up at 44. The Carrollton boys have now won seven out of the last eight league titles.
Other area qualifiers were Haralson County Middle School, Bay Springs Middle School and Mount Zion Middle School. Low scores from these teams were scored by, respectively, Josh Cole (60), Zachary Pharr (63) and Mason Jakubiak (67). Central’s Caleb Cummings carded an impressive 45 while also winning closest to the pin on No. 13.
On the front nine, the Carrollton girls also continued their strong League play, winning the team championship with a score of 112, while the Bremen Middle School girls, who were paced by runner-up Emma Marshall’s 55, finished in second with a score of 115.
Carrollton’s Gracey Whipple carded the low round on the day 51 to win individual top honors for a second-straight year.
All in all, four local girls’ teams competed with Central Middle and Bay Springs Middle rounding out the field. Respective low scores from these teams came from Laney Duffey (62) and Kendra Moses (68).
The fall Middle School Golf League was originally pioneered by local coaches Scott Morris and David Bush, and it is the only one of its kind in the state of Georgia.
The League is supported by several corporate and individual members of the west Georgia community and is facilitated through the tireless involvement of area pros like Justin Japour of Sunset Hills and Kevin Gibbs of Oak Mountain.
The Oak Mountain Ladies’ Golf Association holds an annual tournament to benefit local teams, and for several years the Fairfield Plantation Men’s Senior Golfers also volunteered their time in scoring the championship matches. This year, Mike Wall of the West Georgia Fellowship of Christian Athletes provided special prizes for the championship event.
Tournament coordinator Dr. Kurt Hitzeman commented that area courses should be particularly commended in their commitment to Junior Golf in West Georgia.
“Sunset Hills, Tally Mountain, Oak Mountain and Fairfield Plantation have faithfully supported this league for years," Hitzeman said. "The course pros and the club memberships go out of their way to provide opportunities for these kids to learn and grow in the game. Their commitment is unique and it serves as another prime example of how our community is indeed a special one.”