Lakeside sophomore Megan Sabol almost pulled out an individual title at the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state girls golf championship.
With only two players on the team, Sabol had to qualify individually for the state tournament at Jones Creek Golf Club, where she shot 1-over-par 73 and finished two shots behind the winner from Cambridge for second place.
“I was a little disappointed,” Sabol said. “I mean, those Cambridge girls are really good, and I kind of knew one of them would come in under par, but I still have two years to get out there and try to win again.”
For her accomplishments, Sabol was named The Augusta Chronicle All-Area Girls Golfer of the Year.
This season’s state tournament setting was much different than her freshman year, when she was a part of the state title team.
“There was a little more pressure because it was just me, but last year there was definitely pressure because I knew we had to do well against Cambridge,” said Sabol, who shot 77 last year.
Lakeside coach Jody Hilley praised her and noted what he thinks makes her successful.
“Megan quietly goes about her business and does the little things right,” Hilley said. “That separates her from the rest of the field.”
Sabol attributed her improvement to practice and a desire to excel.
“I think I’ve gone out and practiced more since I know that I’m starting to get into my junior year and then my senior year and then college,” she said. “I really want to play golf in college and do well in college.”
Heading into Wednesday’s final round at the Georgia State Golf Association Junior Championship, Sabol was tied for ninth. She finished third at a tournament in Canton, Ga., last week and qualified for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in July.