The Greater Augusta Sports Council has pulled off a major coup to benefit the local economy. For the first time in state history, the Georgia High School Association will hold the state championships for all five classifications in one community. That is for boys and girls, meaning 10 different venues will be showcasing the state’s top golf talent on May 7.
Nearly 900 players will be in the Augusta area to try to lead their team to a state championship. Not only will we get to cheer on our local teams, but the players will get a chance to play on the top courses in the area, including four Columbia County gems.
As a matter of fact, the state’s two largest classifications will all play their state championships in Columbia County. The AAAA girls will play at Bartram Trail, while the AAAA boys will be at Jones Creek.
At Bartram Trail, Lakeside will be a team to watch, led by the dynamic duo of Elizabeth Kim and Eunice Yi. The Panthers have a chance to keep the crown in the county. The Lakeside boys team, fresh off a region title win over Greenbrier, will certainly be familiar with their surroundings. Jones Creek is the Panthers’ home course. The region runner-up, Greenbrier, also knows the course well, and both teams should contend for the title next week.
While we do not have any class AAAAA schools, we will get to show off two beautiful pieces of property to the state’s best AAAAA golf programs. The AAAAA girls championship will be held at West Lake Country Club. Champions Retreat will play host to the AAAAA boys finals.
All of the teams will be in town for a dinner on Saturday at Augusta State University’s Christenberry Fieldhouse, hosted by the Augusta Sports Council and E-Z-Go, then play begins at 8 a.m. Monday.