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Eastside golf teams sweep to keep Newton Cup

COVINGTON -- The Newton Cup is quickly becoming the Eastside Cup.

Both squads retained the cup for yet another year with a sweep of the second round at The Oaks Course on Wednesday.

The Eastside boys went into the round with a 30-stroke lead over Alcovy and a 71-stroke lead over Newton as a result of the scramble from the first round.

In the final round, Eastside shot a 320 followed by Alcovy (337) and Newton (458).

Even under less than perfect conditions, Eastside's Quin Murphy and Brandon Shives were able to break 80.

"The conditions were very tough. The scores that were shot were very good and the greens were very fast. I really didn't expect anyone to break 80," said boys head coach Jay Cawthon. "They've been the two most consistent golfers all year. That's what we expect from them."

Shives had the aid of two eagles, on the ninth and first hole, to shoot a 79 while Murphy was the epitome of consistency shooting a 4-over par 74.

"I hit some great shots when I needed to. The main thing is that I didn't have any three-putts. Any time I had a bad first putt, I could make it up with the second," Murphy said. "I try to get up there, relax and make a good swing. (Wednesday) it just happened that I had a lot of good swings that resulted in a good score."

Also scoring for Eastside were Jordan Liefels and Matt Mitchell who each had an 83.

"It's a great feeling for these seniors. Every year that's one of our goals, to win the Newton Cup. I'm very proud them," Cawthon said.

"The two eagles were great. He just has to minimize the bad shots because he has the ability to go low. He has the length to make a lot of eagles."

Posting the low round for Alcovy were Zack Floyd (82), Andrew Cochran (84), Hunter Clark (85) and Justin Robinson (89).

Newton's low score was shot by Tyler Bystrom (97) followed by Thomas Williamson (119), Riley Dameron (120) with Laderrius Brown and Corey Patterson each shooting a 122.

The Eastside girls did not have it as easy. Heading into the final round with a seven-stroke lead over Alcovy, the first group came in and nearly turned everything upside down.

Alcovy's Kelsey Knight almost wiped out the lead beating Eastside's Emily Almand by six strokes 44-50.

But Savannah Upshaw was able to beat Alcovy's No. 2 golfer, Emily Moore, by five strokes, 50-55, to allow Eastside to retain the cup with a score of 195-201. Newton was 13 strokes back at 214.

"We knew it was going to be close. Alcovy has some good players and they have gotten better every year. I'm glad we were able to pull it out in the end. We have some girls that can shoot a good score even if Emily doesn't. That's what happened (Wednesday) and Savannah had a real good round," Eastside girls head coach Jason Grooms said.

"There's always some pressure in the Newton Cup. None of the girls that are just starting out or have been with the program for to long want to be the group that loses it."

Shooting a pair of 53s in the final round for Newton were Emilie Jones and Logan Malcolm.