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State Golf Previews: Teams hit the links for May 20-21 tournament

As area teams hit the links in anticipation of individual and team titles, we look at the Area results to determine where teams are predicted to finish.

BANKS COUNTY

GIRLS – 4th in Area; Only one individual will participate for the Lady Leopards, and that is Chelsea Lewallen, who shot a 95.

BOYS – Did not qualify

COMMERCE

GIRLS – Area Runner-Up; The 160 team score was excellent, falling just short of Lake Oconee’s score. If the Lady Tigers shoot like that again, it will easily be a top-5 finish, and be with that same Lake Oconee squad in the top-2 of state.

BOYS – Area Runner-Up; Jeremy Davis and Henry Sharpton are very good! The Tigers’ 339 would rank 4th in the state based off area scores, and just 3 strokes separates 2-4. Drew Charter’s 322 means if it shoots that way again, it will be the state champion. Commerce has a great shot to be in that discussion.

DAWSON COUNTY

GIRLS – Area 6th; A 316 in the area tourney placed 6th there, and if scores held the same, would be good enough for a 12th place finish at state.

BOYS – Area 6th; One individual qualified, and that was Will Howard with his 78 score.

HABERSHAM CENTRAL

GIRLS – Area 6th; The girls’ team didn’t make it to state.

BOYS – Area 6th; The Raiders didn’t qualify as a team, but Smith Caudell’s 77 earned him a spot.

JEFFERSON

GIRLS – Area 4th; The Lady Dragons carded a 284, good for 4th in their area. That would place them in the top-10 (8th precisely) if all scores hold true at state.

BOYS – Area Champions; The Dragons shot a 317 in their area, and when compared to all others, that would be enough for Jefferson to place 5th. Numbers 3-5 are all really close in scoring, but Westminster’s 286 is on another level.

LUMPKIN COUNTY

GIRLS – Area 8th; Only one will represent the Lady Indians, and that’s Ashlyn Burch after firing a 94.

BOYS – Area 8th; Did not qualify for state

RABUN COUNTY

GIRLS – Area Runner-Up; The Lady Cats fired a 199, good for 2nd. In the grand scheme of things, that score would settle in 10th place.

BOYS – Area 3rd; The Wildcats’ 357 was good for 3rd at area, and would stand to be the 13th best score in Class 2A.

STEPHENS COUNTY

GIRLS – Area 3rd; The Lady Indians’ 289 was a 3rd place finish at area, and among all 4A, that would be good for tied for 12th.

BOYS – Area 5th; The team didn’t make it, but two individuals did, and that was Luke Ramsey (79) and Zack Knell (82).

TALLULAH FALLS

GIRLS – Area Champions; The Lady Indians group is very solid. The 157 they shot at area would be good enough for 3rd in the state, with the top score just two strokes better. This group, if playing well, can win a state title.

BOYS – Area 8th; Did not qualify for state.

TOWNS COUNTY

GIRLS – N/A

BOYS – Area 3rd; The Indians shot a 346, which ended with a 3rd place area finish. That score is fifth best if it holds up. That shows how good their area was.

UNION COUNTY

GIRLS – Area Runner-Up; Always a legit state title contender, Union’s 199 tied with Rabun (Rabun won the tie-breaker) in the area. That would be, just like the Lady Cats, good for a top-10 state finish.

BOYS – Area 5th; Did not qualify for state.

WHITE COUNTY

GIRLS – Area Runner-Up; With the Craig sisters as both state champions, this could be the year. Grace Jones is also phenomenal this year, as well as Erin Dorsey. The most solid group around that we’ve seen. The 225 was one stroke off from an area title, and that 1-2 with Woodward Academy are the two best in the state. Our prediction is that the Lady Warriors win a state championship!

BOYS – Area 5th; Jacob Adams (82) earned an individual spot at state for the boys.

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