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Augusta area courses gear up for busy Monday with prep tournaments

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In a local hotel room, what Wade March­man called his “war room,” the planning already has taken place for the largest Georgia high school golf event in one city.

On Monday, the Augusta area will play host to the Georgia High School Association’s golf championships. For the first time, 14 classes will hold championships at 11 golf courses in one location.

In 2012, Augusta became the first Georgia city to hold every GHSA golf championship, but there were only 12 classes then. Now, 1,100 golfers will compete in Monday’s 18-hole event.

Marchman, who served as the tournament director in 2012 and will do so again, set up Thursday in his hotel room with a handful of staff members preparing for the tournament. Together, they put together tedious items like tee times and scoring sheets.

With a small army of local golf pros and volunteers helping out, everything should be ready when players tee off at 8 a.m. Monday. So Marchman, who also serves as Burke County High School’s athletic director and girls golf coach, will be at Waynesboro Country Club when the action begins.

“I’m going to be with my girls,” said Marchman, whose team is competing for the Class AAAA title.

Marchman, who said he’ll have his cell phone with him all day, said logistics are taken care of at the respective courses. Head pros help run the tournaments at their course, with more than 10 volunteers helping at every site.

“If you’ve got local pros willing to help out, that’s big. They all stay in and have people who want to help them run their tournament,” Marchman said. “That’s why we’re able to have this here in Augusta.”

Burke County is seeking its first state title in any girls sport. Other local teams competing include the Lincoln County boys at Forest Hills Golf Club (Class A), Westside boys at Applewood Golf Course (Class AA), Thomson boys at Belle Meade Country Club (Class AAA), Richmond Academy boys at West Lake Country Club (Class AAAA), Richmond Academy girls at Waynesboro Country Club (Class AAAA) and Greenbrier and Lakeside boys at Bartram Trail Golf Club (Class AAAAA). Local players competing as individuals include Laney Aycock of Lincoln County (Class A girls), William Hamilton of Davidson (Class AA boys), Majorie Bryant of Davidson (Class AA girls), Dalton Quick of Burke County (Class AAAA boys) and Megan Sabol of Lakeside (Class AAAAA girls).

Most classes will feature 16 teams competing for a state title (the Class AAAAAA girls has 17 teams). In Class A, eight teams will compete in the respective public and private divisions.

In Class A, the top four area champions qualified for the tournament, along with four more teams through the state sectionals. In Class AA-AAAAAA, all the region champions who met a certain qualifying score advance to the state championship, along with eight to 10 teams out of the state sectionals.

In Monday’s state championship, up to six boys will play for every team, with the low four scores counting. In the girls’ competition, up to four will play for every team with the low three counting – in Class A and AA only the low two scorers count.

GHSA Entrants

Class A

Boys • Forest Hills Golf Club

Public

1. Charlton County

2. Commerce

3. Gordon Lee

4. Hawkinsville

5. Lincoln County

6. Miller County

7. Seminole

8. Trion

Individuals

•Chase Rich, Jenkins County

•Brian Ashburn, Lanier County

•Dillion Darling, Turner County

•Ryan Truett, Montgomery County

Private

1. Athens Academy

2. Brookstone

3. First Presbyterian

4. Holy Innocents

5. Landmark Christian

6. Mt. Pisgah

7. Savannah Christian

8. Walker

Individuals

•Daniel Drayovich, Pinecrest

•John Gabianelli, Galloway

•Alex Ross, Pace Academy

•Mack Alford, Mt. Paran

•Jordan Long, ELCA

Girls • Goshen Plantation Golf Club

Public

1. Commerce

2. Echols County

3. Gordon Lee

4. Portal

5. Schley County

6. Seminole County

7. Towns County

8. Trion

Individuals

•Madison Hutcheson, Treutlen

•Laney Aycock, Lincoln County

•Susan Bankston, Baconton

•Taylor Harris, Charlton County

Private

1. Athens Academy

2. Darlington

3. Galloway

4. Landmark Christian

5. Mt. Pisgah

6. Savannah Christian

7. St. Anne Pacelli

8. Whitefield Academy

Individuals

•Reece Brooks, Hebron

•Kira Donaldson, Holy Innocents

•Kaitlen Kelly, Strong Rock

•Megan Jamieson, St. Francis

Class AA

Boys

Applewood Golf Course

1. Bacon County

2. Benedictine

3. Bleckley County

4. Bremen

5. Calhoun

6. Cook

7. Coosa

8. GACS

9. Jefferson

10. Lovett

11. Rabun County

12. Thomasville

13. Vidalia

14. Wesleyan

15. Westminster (Atlanta)

16. Westside

Individuals

•Austin Carroll, Bowdon

•Chase Cole, Dade County

•Jacob Massey, Social Circle

•Brady Cliett, Metter

•William Hamilton, Davidson

•Ady Dahod, Monticello

•Jonathan Bryan, Model

•Kaleb Vaughn, Lamar County

•Cameron Nash, Fitzgerald

Girls

Pointe South Golf Course

1. Armuchee

2. Berrien

3. Bowdon

4. Bremen

5. Calhoun

6. GACS

7. Jefferson

8. Lovett

9. Monticello

10. Rabun County

11. Social Circle

12. St. Vincent’s

13. Toombs County

14. Union County

15. Vidalia

16. Wesleyan

Individuals

•Marjorie Bryant, Davidson

•Sydney Harris, Bleckley County

•Karsen Stone, Thomasville

•Emily Lewis, Murray County

•Meg McCord, Pepperell

•Amber Lewis, Murray County

•Rebekah Wildes, Murray County

•Madison Holley, Brooks County

Class AAA

Boys

Belle Meade Country Club

1. Blessed Trinity

2. Brantley County

3. Buford

4. Cartersville

5. Jackson County

6. Morgan County

7. North Hall

8. North Oconee

9. Oconee County

10. Pierce County

11. Rockmart

12. St. Pius X

13. Swainsboro

14. Thomson

15. White County

16. Woodward Academy

Individuals

•Jordan Estes, Ringgold

•Gus Beisel, Savannah Arts

•Brian Peters, Pike County

•Branton Bailey, Gordon Central

•Carl Griffin, Hart County

•Hunter Burt, Dawson County

•Muhammed Nu-Man, Calloway

•Tylan Kirkland, Appling County

Girls

Waynesboro Country Club

1. Adairsville

2. Banks County

3. Blessed Trinity

4. Brantley County

5. Buford

6. Gordon Central

7. Haralson County

8. Jackson County

9. North Murray

10. North Oconee

11. Pierce County

12. Pike County

13. Swainsboro

14. West Hall

15. White County

16. Woodward Academy

Individuals

•Madison Caldwell, Dawson County

•Nicolette Weaver, Islands

•Brittany Tarnowski, St. Pius X

•Ryann McCuistion, Ringgold

•Kristen Holland, Dodge County

•Kathryn Cook, SE Bulloch

•Keri Eaton, Franklin County

•Makenna Burger, Sonoraville

Class AAAA

Boys

West Lake Country Club

1. Carrollton

2. Columbus

3. Dalton

4. Eastside

5. Heritage-Catoosa

6. LaFayette

7. LaGrange

8. Marist

9. Mary Persons

10. Pickens

11. Richmond Academy

12. South Effingham

13. Spalding

14. Statesboro

15. Stephens County

16. Veterans

Individuals

•Riley Saia, Americus-Sumter

•Steven Fisk, Dutchtown

•Richie Popkin, Perry

•Dalton Quick, Burke County

•Ethan Hayes, N.W. Whitfield

•Cody Hewitt, Monroe County

•Zach Sapp, Wayne County

•Justin Gilbert, Upson-Lee

•Wil Hernandez, Upson-Lee

Girls

Waynesboro Country Club

1. Burke County

2. Columbus

3. Dalton

4. Dutchtown

5. Eastside

6. Fayette County

7. Johnson (Gainesville)

8. Madison County

9. Marist

10. Mary Persons

11. Perry

12. Richmond Academy

13. Statesboro

14. Stephens County

15. Veterans

16. Wayne County

Individuals

•Kayla Wilbourn, Cairo

•Emma Johnson, Spalding

•Abigail Coker, Walnut Grove

•Baylee Burton, West Laurens

•Mallory Girod, Heritage-Catoosa

•Haley Hernandez, Carrollton

•Mary Kate Groninger, Carrollton

•Catie Martin, LaFayette

Class AAAAA

Boys

Bartram Trail Golf Club

1. Cambridge

2. Creekview

3. Flowery Branch

4. Gainesville

5. Glynn Academy

6. Greenbrier

7. Kell

8. Lakeside

9. Lee County

10. McIntosh

11. North Atlanta

12. Northgate

13. Northside (Columbus)

14. Pope

15. South Paulding

16. Starr’s Mill

Individuals

•Ryan Woodard, North Paulding

•Peter Trask, Dunwoody

•Justin Kim, Rome

•Jake Minchew, Ware County

•Michael Brown, East Paulding

•Noah Kuranga, Arabia Mountain

•Trey Odom, Warner Robins

•Ashton Denton, Thomas County Central

Girls

Jones Creek Golf Course

1. Cambridge

2. Creekview

3. Flowery Branch

4. Gainesville

5. Glynn Academy

6. Jones County

7. Lee County

8. North Atlanta

9. North Paulding

10. Northgate

11. Northside (Columbus)

12. Ola

13. Pope

14. Starr’s Mill

15. Ware County

16. Winder-Barrow

Individuals

•Hannah Walker, Forsyth Central

•Mariah Kuranga, Arabia Mountain

•Nicole Kim, Northview

•Laney Patterson, Harris County

•Alice Xu, Northview

•Lauren Parramore, Woodland (Cartersville)

•Megan Sabol, Lakeside

•Hannah Gasaway, Union Grove

Class AAAAAA

Boys

Champions Retreat Golf Club

1. Alpharetta

2. Colquitt County

3. Grayson

4. Harrison

5. Johns Creek

6. Lambert

7. Lowndes

8. Mill Creek

9. Milton

10. Newnan

11. North Gwinnett

12. Peachtree Ridge

13. Roswell

14. Tift County

15. Walton

16. West Forsyth

Individuals

•Zach Healy, Norcross

•Hunter Fry, Dacula

•Zachary Floyd, Alcovy

•Jonathan Keppler, Kennesaw Mountain

•Kevin Burns, Woodstock

•Austin Fulton, Douglas County

•Phillip Westberry, Brookwood

•Shawn Chong, Brookwood

Girls

Gordon Lakes Golf Club

1. Alpharetta

2. Colquitt County

3. Dacula

4. Duluth

5. Etowah

6. Johns Creek

7. Harrison

8. Lambert

9. Mill Creek

10. Milton

11. Norcross

12. Peachtree Ridge

13. South Forsyth

14. Tift County

15. Walton

16. West Forsyth

17. Woodstock

Individuals

•Nicole Court, Luella

•Najae Bulter, Westlake

•Harmanprit Kaur, Brookwood

•Isabella Skinner, West Forsyth

•Hannah Magda, Mountain View

•Shelby Banta, Camden

•Menna Fasil, Parkview

•Courtney Lewis, Newnan

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Looks like I'll be watching the ladies from my deck.

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