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Greenbrier, Grovetown golfers fight conditions in Bartram match

Posted: March 24, 2013 - 12:06am
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Photo by Jim Blaylock  Grovetown's Austin Coleman putts on the seventh hole at Bartram Trail.
Photo by Jim Blaylock Grovetown's Austin Coleman putts on the seventh hole at Bartram Trail.

The timing was right for Grovetown and Greenbrier high schools to play 18 holes Thursday, but the conditions weren’t optimal for golfing.

With the match taking place on a school early-release day, the teams were able to double up on the normal nine-hole competition. But the cold and wind affected scores.

Playing at Bartram Trail, the home course for both schools, the Greenbrier boys beat Grovetown 298-334, and the Grovetown girls defeated Greenbrier 292-301.

“I was pleased with our score considering it was windy and cold today,” said Greenbrier head coach Alex Heider. “There’s no telling what could have happened today, but 298 is a score to be pleased with.”

With first-, second- and third-place finishes in three tournaments this year, the Wolfpack improved to 2-2 in head-to-head competitions.

Low scorer for the Wolfpack was Tyler Barker, who Heider called his most consistent golfer, with an even-par 72.

“I didn’t hit the ball that great,” said the sophomore Barker. “I just scored good, My short game was on today. My putting and chipping both.”

After Barker, Alex Wells came in at 73, States Fort fired a 75, Kevin Steinmeyer finished with a 78, Zack Tully shot a 79 and Jack Rautenstrauch finished with an 81.

Playing a team that has finished fifth in the state the past two seasons, Grovetown head coach Daniel Jordan wasn’t happy with the way his team matched up as they fell to 5-3 on the year.

“It was definitely a good measuring stick to play one of the best teams in the state,” said Jordan. “It will kind of tell you if you’re close or not, and obviously I didn’t think we were that close today. We’ve got a long way to go.”

Grovetown senior Garrett Spivey said he’s played better than he did Thursday.

“It was not one of my best,” he said. “I couldn’t make any putts out there.”

For the Warriors, Matt Price led with a 5-over 77, Spivey recorded an 84, Austin Coleman shot 86, while Thad Coleman and Jorge Thibodeau finished with an 87 and 92, respectively.

The Grovetown girls improved to 5-1, led by Danielle Reynolds’ 84. Devon Omar shot a 90 and Kailey Wyman came in at 118.

For the Lady Wolfpack, Macy Cochran led the team with a 92, Lara Alexis Marie shot a 100 and Brooke Mackelburg finished with a 109.

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