Girls golf—Burch qualifies for State with low medalist performance
Lady Indian Ashlyn Burch delivered a sensational performance on the links at Chestatee Golf Course to earn herself a spot in the GHSA State Girls Golf Championship when the Lady Indians’ golf team competed in the Region 7-AAA girls golf championship on Tuesday, April 23.
Burch battled back from a rough start on the front nine and cruised on the back nine to capture low medalist honors during the region championship event. Burch’s score of 94 proved to be the lowest score of the day and automatically qualified her for the State tournament.
While Burch bounced back from a rocky start, her teammates also tried to manage the course at Chestatee to the best of their abilities with solid results.
Isabel Davenport had a awful start on the opening holes of the course, but was able to focus and get out of the early round funk to record a score of 113. Davenport didn’t allow her early mistakes to affect her game and delivered a solid performance for the Lady Indians at the event.
Right behind Davenport was Lady Indian Sara Bell. Bell played an up and down match, but was able to finish the round with a decent score of 124.
In order to qualify for the State Championship tournament, Lumpkin needed to record a team score of 330 or lower. Unfortunately, the Lady Indians missed out on a State berth by a single stroke, recording a team score of 331.
Despite the team not qualifying for State, LCHS head golf coach Jeff Steele was pleased with the way in which his golfers competed at the region tournament.
“We’re a young team,” said Steele. “The team is mostly made up of sophomores, so there is a lot of room for improvement for them. They are already pretty talented, but many have only been playing for a couple years. They should be quite a force when they are all seniors.”
Steele was also extremely excited that the Lady Indians will have at least one representative at State.
“Burch didn’t play her best round,” Steele said. “She started off slow, but she came back and started to play well on the back nine. She is very talented and should represent us well at State.”
The results of the Region 7-AAA golf championship tournament may have ended the 2019 season for the Lady Indians’ golf team, but not for Burch. Burch will vie for a chance at earning an individual State Championship title when she travels to Arrowhead Pointe golf course in Hart County to participate in the GHSA Girls Golf State Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21.