• Grace Gooch takes a shot from the bunker during a round earlier this season. Gooch and the Lady Indians earned runner-up honors at the Mountain League championship last week.

Middle school girls golf earns league runner up

In its first season back, the LCMS golf team battled it out with the best middle school golfers the area has to offer and watched the Lady Indians earn 2019 Mountain League runner-up honors and the Indians earn third place out of the five competing schools at the league’s championship tournament hosted at White Path golf course on Wednesday, March 27.

“I was extremely proud of the way the girls ended the season,” said LCMS head girls golf coach Morgan McCrary. “They took what the course gave them and grinded through every hole. There were many positive elements to our play. We hit the ball well and learned how to play under tournament pressure. I am excited about where we are headed as a program.”

The Lady Indians missed earning the top spot at the Mountain League championship by a single stroke. Lumpkin finished the championship with a team score of 190, placing just behind Clear Creek’s team score of 189, to earn Mountain League runner-up honors at the event.

LCMS’s Harper Hubbard led the Lady Indians during the event with a score of 61, tying her for second lowest score of the championship.

“She [Hubbard] had such a great attitude throughout the whole round,” McCrary said.

Lexi Pierce shot a 64 during the championship round to record the second lowest score for Lumpkin on the day.

“Lexi had one of her best rounds today,” McCrary said. “What a day to bring it.”

Following right behind Pierce, Gracie Gooch put in a solid performance subbing in for LCMS golfer Averie Jones, who was unable to attend the championship event. Gooch finished the round with a score of 65.

“Gracie stepped up for the team with Averie Jones being unable to attend and we ended up counting her score as one of our top three,” McCrary said.

Sophie Scheidender also has a solid round for the Lady Indians, recording a score of 70.

The second place finish on the Mountain League’s biggest stage in the team’s first season in several years highlighted the bright future of the Lumpkin County middle school and high school golf programs by showcasing the skill level of the young talent the Lady Indians golf team possesses.



On the boys’ side, the Indians finished nine strokes behind first place Pickens County and three strokes behind second place White County at the championship event with a team score of 232.

“I feel that our first year back was a huge success,” said LCMS head boys golf coach Tanner Plemmons. “The kids really enjoyed being out there and competing. There was tremendous growth throughout our entire team and I am excited to watch each player’s skills progress as they get older.”

Plemmons was pleased with his team’s performance at the Mountain League championship.

“I felt that we competed well at the championship match,” Plemmons said. “We had a few putts and shots that we normally hit that didn’t fall, but overall our kids gave their all and I couldn’t be more proud.”

With several golfers returning to the team next season, the strong showing at the 2019 Mountain League championship by the LCMS golf team should be the first of many strong performances by the team at the championship event in the future.

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