Salem boys, Rockdale girls prevail in golf

CONYERS - The Salem boys and the Rockdale girls were victorious in a clash of county rivals on the links Tuesday at the Highland Golf Club.

In the boys match, Lane Keenan shot a season-best 38 for the Seminoles in a 162-187 victory over the Bulldogs. Stephen Jackson added a 40 for Salem, while Kyle Reagan and Sharvil Mehta chipped in 42s to complete Salem's scoring.

Josh Lambo had the lowest round for Rockdale with a 41, followed by Tony Discorida (45), Kyle Estes (46) and Aaron Conyers (55).

"We shot a 162 under some tough conditions. I don't know where this cool weather came from, but the guys did a good job," Salem boys coach Chad Estes said. "Lane Keenan shooting a 38 is our lowest score of the year. Some of the other guys have been very consistent, but we've got to take it a little bit lower. If we keep working hard, I think we can."

In the girls match, the Lady Bulldogs eked out a 103-104 victory that wasn't wrapped up until Rockdale's Alex Madsen tallied a 55 in the final group.

Kayla Kelly had the lowest round for the Lady Bulldogs with a 48. Zada Eshun shot a 56 for Rockdale.

"It's a work in progress for us right now. It's only our second match, but we're definitely headed in the right direction," Rockdale girls coach Frank Cassino said. "Kayla is working through some stuff, but she plays good enough golf that even when she struggles she still turns in a decent score. Alex Madsen came through for us. She was much improved today compared to last week.

"I'm hoping by the end of the season that we can be down in the low 90s for a nine-hole match. If we can do that, I think we can be competitive."

Salem's Dari Goldman edged out Kelly to claim the low round with a 47. Erin Knowles and Jamie Lee both shot 57s for the Lady Seminoles.

Both schools will square off again next week in the Conyers Cup, which begins Monday and runs through Wednesday.

On Monday, the Salem boys dropped a 159-172 decision to Eastside at Highland. Taylor Smith had the low round for the Eagles with a 37.

In the girls match, Salem beat Eastside 102-105. Goldman produced the low round of the day with a 47 for the Lady Seminoles. Maggie Smith had a 49 for the Lady Eagles.

Jeff Gillespie can be reached at jeff.gillespie@rockdalecitizen.com.