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Eastside golf hoists Newton Cup again

COVINGTON - The tradition continues for the Eastside golf boys and girls golf teams as they beat their county rivals to retain the Newton Cup on Monday at Indian Creek Golf Club.

The boys, playing in a modified alternate-shot format, scored 233 while Alcovy finished second with a 297 followed by Newton with 382.

The Eastside girls finished nine strokes better than Newton in a traditional nine-hole tournament, shooting a 114. The Lady Rams, at 123, were two shots in front of Alcovy at 125.

After the first round of the two-day tournament, Eastside's boys came in Monday's action with an 80-stroke lead over Newton and a 93-stroke lead over Alcovy. The Eagles won the Newton Cup with a combined score of 535 followed by Newton at 687 and Alcovy at 692.

"I told them to go out and play their game. Even though we had a big lead, I didn't want it to take away from their concentration," Eastside boys coach Jay Cawthon said. "They've worked hard and winning is important to them."

This makes it four years in a row the Eastside boys have won the cup.

"It's important to the team to win this every year," Cawthon said. "Taylor (Smith) has won it all four years he's been here and the young guys want to continue the tradition."

Smith and Tate Miller turned in the low round of the tournament with 74s, while teammates Taylor Lazenby and J.T. Blaker were one shot back with 75s. Eastside's other duo, Ace Cook and Nick Green, shot 84s.

Scoring for Alcovy were Garek Cochran and Matt Moore (81), Travis Aiken and Johnnie McCoy (105) and Oran Allen and Jeffrey Hexom (111).

Playing for Newton were Landon Cheek and Payton Bundy (82), George Clackum and Colby Westbrook (102) and Morgan Page and Josh Williams (121).

Before the girls teed off, Eastside held a one-stroke lead over Newton and an 11-stroke edge on Alcovy. The Lady Eagles tallied a 100 in the first round.

By the time it was over, Eastside extended their lead with Maggie Smith and Illysa Johnson being the only players to shoot below 60. Smith led all scorers with a 55 followed by Johnson who had a 59.

"I knew we had to play good. I couldn't be prouder of the girls playing in tough conditions," Eastside girls coach Jason Grooms said. "Maggie and Illysa both shot in the 50s, that was big for us."

Ashley Anthony had Newton's lowest round with a 61 while Adrienne Kitchens turned in a 63.

Scoring for Alcovy were Rebecca Wilson and Etoyus Palomino, shooting a 61 and a 64.

The win means that Eastside gets to keep the Newton Cup for a second year.

"This is something we make a goal to do, win the Newton Cup. It feels good to win the trophy when it's played amongst your peers. We take pride in winning this. We like to accomplish one of our goals," Grooms said.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.