Miller's 2-under leads Eagles past Bulldogs
Eastside girls also win over Rockdale

CONYERS - Eastside's Tate Miller easily paced the field in Thursday's golf match against Rockdale, shooting a 2-under 34 for nine holes at Cherokee Run.

As a team, Eastside swept Rockdale with the boys winning their match 135-205 while the girls scored 108 to Rockdale's 135.


Eastside 135, Rockdale 205

Miller started the match with the first of his four birdies on the par 3, 171-yard third hole before getting back-to-back birdies on the par 5 fifth and par 3 sixth.

He then birdied his seventh hole of the day to get to 4-under, as did teammate J.T. Blaker, with two holes remaining.

However, Miller was unable to maintain his streak, bogeying the last two holes.

Miller had a couple of other chances to improve his score but could not sink his putts.

"His game is so consistent," Eastside boys coach Jay Cawthon said. "You very rarely see him have a big number on any hole. That just goes to show you that he keeps his head in the match. He doesn't let one shot waver his thoughts. His short game is so good - that's how he recovers. He's just that type of player."

Also scoring for Eastside were Ace Cook (38), Blaker (41) and Taylor Lazenby (42).

"I knew that our guys would be consistent. We very seldom have that big number," Cawthon said. "They're real competitive with each other and I think that helps out. They're pretty good right now and they're confident. They know that they can go lower because they're leaving some shots out there."

Playing but not scoring for Eastside were Nick Green (44) and Justin Norris (47).

Playing for Rockdale were Eric Richardson (42), Kyle Estes (47), Adam Nation (52), Mikhail Morrison (55), Corbin Norton (59) and Forrest Freeman (61).


Eastside 108, Rockdale 135

From the first hole of the match, the Lady Eagles outplayed Rockdale and never looked back.

Eastside's highest-scoring player, Madison Raynor, shot a 70, compared to Rockdale's lowest score of 65 by Zada Eshun.

"They played a good team," Rockdale girls coach Frank Cassino said. "Eastside's girls can hit the ball very well. I'm not really looking at their score versus our score. As long as we're hitting the ball, we're making better contact and their game is improving, I'm not even worried about their scores."

Pacing the Eastside girls were Maggie Smith (50), Emily Almand (58) and Jessie Lindsey (58).

Rockdale's other score of 70 was provided by Lindsay Rogers.

"Zada's been playing for three years, and this is Lindsay's second year." Cassino said. "They're improving each year. This is a tough sport. It's hard to master. As long as they're having fun and getting better. I think they're learning a lot of life lessons as well.

"I see them improving. They practice really hard on the range and they've made a lot of progress over the past month they've been playing."

In Wednesday's Eastside match against Loganville at Indian Creek, Eastside's boys set a new school record, shooting a 153 for nine holes. The Eagles beat Loganville 153-171.

Miller and Blaker each shot a 37. Green shot a 38, while Cook and Lazenby each posted a 41.

Eastside's girls also topped Loganville beating them 98-112.

Smith led the way for Eastside with a 46, including a nine on a hole, with Almand shooting a 52.

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