The South Paulding boys’ team qualified for the state tournament in Class 5A by winning its region tournament. The Spartans are making their inaugural appearance in the state championship as a team.
“We’re excited about going to the state tournament and we’re focused,” third-year head coach Trey Donaldson said at the team’s practice in Villa Rica last Wednesday.
“The guys know they can play well and it’s about mentally going out there, assessing each shot and hitting the ball. As long as our guys go out there and play good golf, they’ll be fine,” Donaldson said.
The top performers for South Paulding this year have included seniors Henry Gee, Jake Gray and Timmy Howes along with Jake Oglesby and Tyler Atkins.
Gray said the team’s “preparations have been going well and we’re out here every day getting ready.”
“Our expectation is to win,” Gray said.
The Spartans’ tournament will be held at the Bartram Trail Golf Club in Evans.
North Paulding will also see its girls’ golf team in the state championship tournament after winning its region championship. The Wolfpack, which has qualified for the state tournament three out of the past four years, is set to compete at Jones Creek Golf Course in Augusta.
“The girls have done a fine job of preparing by chipping and putting daily while playing some friendly matches against other teams in the area,” Wolfpack head coach David Hines said.
North Paulding’s top golfers this season have been Caitlyn Brady, Peyton Hendon, Caroline Connelly and Maddie Kenny.
Brady said the team’s “prep has been good, practicing every day and staying focused.”
“I think we have a good chance to do well at the event,” she said.
Golfers such as Michael Brown of East Paulding and Paulding County High School’s Brittany Hadden have qualified for the individual competition as well.