Forgive States Fort if his 2-foot putt attempt appeared to be just a little longer from his vantage point.
He was putting for a championship.
But Fort calmly sank the short putt, clinching the Class AAAAA state title as the Greenbrier boys golf team held off Lakeside in a one-hole playoff Monday at Bartram Trail.
Both Greenbrier and Lakeside had a team score of 291, forcing the teams to head to hole No. 1 for the playoff.
“I was just trying to go through my regular routine, did a little prayer, and I was like, ‘You know how to do this. It’s just a 2-footer. It’s not a big deal’ ” Fort said.
The moment Fort secured the championship, his teammates rushed him at the green.
But Fort, who shot 72 in his round, wasn’t the only clutch performer for the Wolfpack. Earlier, teammate Alex Wells continued a birdie push. After he birdied three of his last four holes to score a team-best round of 70, Wells teed off from No. 1 for the playoff and soon carded a birdie.
The dramatic end kept Lakeside’s Hunter Dunagan from double dipping as an individual and team winner. He was the low medalist, finishing with 30 coming in to card 64. The next golfer, Winston Meshad, of North Atlanta, was four shots back.
Dunagan’s score was the talk of the day up until the playoff. As golfers returned from 18, they quickly spotted Dunagan’s score. One golfer, when preparing for a team picture, even pointed to the score and posed, jokingly pretending the 64 was his score.
Though he missed out on a team title, Dunagan was proud of his score.
“I’m disappointed overall, because
it’s a team thing, not an individual thing.
The team was what mattered,” Dunagan said. “But I definitely take pride in (being low medalist). It’s my lowest score for tournament golf. I feel like the way I’m starting to play now, I should shoot somewhere around that number every time I go out there.”
From the other side, Greenbrier coach Alex Heider was not only pleased to see two Columbia County schools play for the championship, but he was also overwhelmed with his group’s triumph.
“Wow,” Heider said. “It was amazing. Words can’t describe it.”
Class AAAAA Results
At Bartram Trail
Starr’s Mill 297
North Atlanta 303
Glynn Academy 305
Northside (Columbus) 313
South Paulding 328
Lee County 336
Flowery Branch 346
Hunter Dunagan, Lakeside 34-30—64
Alex Wells, Greenbrier 37-33—70
States Fort, Greenbrier 35-37—72
Tyler Barker, Greenbrier 35-38—73
Franklin Perhonish, Lakeside 38-35—73
Cole Madison, Greenbrier 36-40—76
Russell Sabol, Lakeside 35-41—76
Joseph Kim, Lakeside 40-38—78
Isaac Hergott, Lakeside 41-40—81
Zack Tully, Greenbrier 39-42—81
Jack Rautenstrauch, Greenbrier 42-41—83
Harrison Harper, Lakeside 42-42—84
1. Hunter Dunagan, Lakeside 34-30—64
2. Winston Meshad, North Atlanta 35-33—68
3. Lawson King, Gainesville 33-36—69