Eagles keep dominating
Eastside boys and girls golf teams take home Newton Cup

COVINGTON - Since the inception of the Newton Cup, four years for the boys two for the girls, it has always been at Eastside.

This year is no different as the Eastside boys won the cup for the fifth time while this is the third year the girls have kept it.

The Eastside boys retained the cup with a two-day total of 461 with Alcovy coming in second with 563 followed by Newton with 567.

On the girls side, Eastside won it all with a team score of 205, followed by Newton (242) and Alcovy (254).

The Eastside boys entered the second round of the tournament with an 80-stroke lead over second place Alcovy and continued to build from there.

Scoring the low round in the alternate-shot modified format was the team of J.T. Blaker and Taylor Lazenby.

With four birdies, the duo turned in a 77 to lead all eight groups.

"Anytime you make a birdie in this format it's good. Taylor Lazenby has improved all year long and J.T. has a lot of game. It was a pretty good pairing," Eastside coach Jay Cawthon said. "You're so worried about putting your partner in a bad predicament in this format. That's why we don't ever play it."

Also posting a score to give Eastside a 161 was the team of Ace Cook and Justin Norris.

Playing in the No. 1 position were Tate Miller and Nick Green who shot an 87.

"We really don't have a No. 1 group, they all played No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 in this format," Cawthon said.

"When we get a team together that's always one of our goals, to win a Newton Cup. It was tough conditions with a tough format."

Alcovy's Matt Moore and Patrick McNally had a good day scoring an 83, five strokes better then Newton's team of Josh Williams and Morgan Page, to come in second place.

"I'm real pleased because last year we didn't come close. That's a big improvement," Alcovy coach Chris Newsham said. "Matt and Patrick had the (second) low score for the day, that's impressive. They seem to play pretty good when they play (together). I think Patrick helps Matt out so he doesn't get frustrated."

Posting Alcovy's second score of 100 were Travis Aiken and Michael McNally, with Drake Potts and Tyler Azar shooting a 107.

Giving Newton a score of 184, were the teams of Franklin Clackum and John Janis, who had a 96.

In the girls tournament, Maggie Smith and Emily Almand shot a low score of 104, 24 better then Newton and 34 better then Alcovy, to retain the Newton Cup.

Smith also became the low medalist with a two-day score of 100 (50-50).

Almond came in second, adding a 54 to her 51 from the first round.

"I think every time (Smith) goes out and plays she wants to be low medalist, especially in the Newton Cup," Eastside coach Jason Grooms said.

"I was very pleased with both days of Emily's scoring. She had a 54 and she's just a freshman. That's great scoring from her, it's a good experience."

Also playing for Eastside were Jessi Lindsay and Madison Raynor.

Their scores of 68 and 67 were better than Newton's and Alcovy's team score of 128 and 138.

Playing for Alcovy were Yancy Clark and Elizabeth Alexander.

Newton's team consisted of Lydia Mikula, Emilie Jones, Jessica Hillman and Tiara Schinnery.

"One of our goals this season was to retain the cup. We're just trying to build some tradition. We have some good golfers," Grooms said. "We take pride in retaining the cup, we just want to continue to keep it."

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