CEDARTOWN, Ga. - Richmond Academy's Mike Green heard from a teammate Monday that his nemesis had just finished a stunning round in the Class AAA State golf championship at Meadow Lakes Golf Course.
Savannah Christian's Brian Harman had just completed a round of 8-under-par 64.
Green, the two-time defending state individual champ, stood at 1-under leaving the 14th green when he heard.
"I started to press," he said.
Green double bogeyed two of the next three holes to shoot 3-over-par 75, only the third time this season he's failed to break par.
And Richmond Academy, which had snapped Savannah Christian's run of five straight state team titles last May, went on to finish third in Monday's event, 18 shots behind winner Savannah Christian and 10 behind runner-up LaGrange.
"We wanted to prove last year wasn't a fluke," Green said. "It's just pretty hard to beat somebody who has a guy shooting 64."
A poor performance by the whole team doesn't help either. Green was the only Musketeer to shoot better than 79 on the par-72, 6,620-yard layout. Wallace Palmer and Charlie Wall each shot 79, followed by Kevin Sweeney with an 80. R.B. McCutcheon fired an 81, and Chris Stallmann an 87 to round out Richmond Academy's scorers.
Westside and Swainsboro were also in the field. Westside finished 42 strokes back, led by Patrick Fackler's 8-over-par 80.
Swainsboro was 44 shots behind, led by Michael Canaday with 81.
Harman left little doubt about who would be the tournament's individual medalist. He made eight birdies and no bogeys in shooting 64.
The amazing round didn't match his best 18 holes of the weekend. Harman tied the course record with a 63 in a Saturday practice round. That round included an ace on the par-3 third hole.
Harman's win was the first time he's bested Green in the state championship during their high school careers. Both players are juniors, and Green won the medalist honors the last two years.
Monday's championship is the last time the two teams will play in a state match. Savannah Christian drops down to Class AA this fall, a result of the Georgia High School Association's reclassification process.
"It won't be the same next year," Green said. "It's been a great rivalry. We really enjoy it."
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