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Patriots, Lady Bulldogs increase leads

CONYERS - The Heritage boys and the Rockdale girls extended their overall leads during round two of the Conyers Cup on Tuesday.

The Patriots produced their best team score of the season with a 155 as all four golfers shot 40 or under on their home course at Honey Creek Country Club.

Heritage, which is aiming for its fifth straight boys team title in the event, has a two-round total of 322 - 19 shots better than Salem at 341.

The Lady Bulldogs were the only girls squad under 100 again on Tuesday, shooting a 99 on their home course of Cherokee Run Golf Club.

Rockdale, chasing its fourth straight girls team title in the event, has a two-round total of 195 - 18 shots in front of Salem at 213.

The three-day event is scheduled to conclude today with the boys playing at Cherokee Run and the girls playing on Salem's home course of Highland Golf Club. However, with rain in the forecast, the teams have scheduled Thursday as the make-up date.

Once again for the boys, freshman Harrison Elliott set the tone, tying teammate Cameron Smith for the low round of the day with a 38. His round also included a hole-in-one on No. 6.

Bennett Mitchell added a 39 for the Patriots, and Brett Whitmire completed the scoring with a 40.

Individually, Elliott leads the tournament with a two-round total of 76, which is five shots better than Mitchell in second place at 81.

"We played well on our home course," said Heritage coach David Buddenbaum. "We shot a score that, I think, we're capable of shooting on any course, but they did it on their home course, which is what we expect. That's the lowest score we've shot this year by about 10 shots, so it was a very good round for us."

Miles Goldman posted Salem's lowest round of the day with a 38 to give him a two-round total of 82, which is third individually and six shots behind Elliott. Sharvil Mehta added a 40, Kyle Reagan had a 43 and Stephen Jackson chipped in a 45 to complete the Seminoles' scores.

"I knew Heritage would play well on their home course; they always do," Salem coach Chad Estes said. "We lowered our scores today, which is good to see."

The Rockdale boys posted a 185 and now have a two-round total of 381. Josh Lambo paced the Bulldogs with a 46 followed by Kyle Estes at 48, Adam Nation at 51 and Aaron Conyers at 55.

In the girls match, Rockdale's Kayla Kelly and Salem's Dari Goldman put on an impressive display of golf.

Over a four-hole stretch, Kelly parred No. 5, birdied No. 6, eagled No. 7 and parred No. 8. Goldman matched Kelly's birdie on No. 6 and added another birdie on No. 7.

Kelly, seeking her third straight individual title in the event, posted the low round of the day with a 43, two shots better than Goldman at 45. The Rockdale senior has a two-round total of 88, which is 10 shots better than Goldman at 98.

"Kayla had a great stretch, going par, birdie, eagle, par on five, six, seven and eight," Rockdale coach Frank Cassino said. "Dari hung right with Kayla, almost stroke-for-stroke there. She's forcing Kayla to play good golf, which is impressing me."

Rockdale's Alex Madsen shot a 56 for the Lady Bulldogs, who finished with a team score of 99. Salem's Erin Knowles and Jamie Lee both had 63s as the Lady Seminoles posted a team score of 108.

"Any time you can break 100 out here (at Cherokee Run), it's a good day," Cassino said. "If you can throw a decent number up here, you can compete with anybody anywhere."

The Heritage girls finished with a team score of 138 for a two-round total of 271. Gabby Gider posted a 67 and Alisa Cartwright added a 71.

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