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Newton girls take fourth, boys sixth at region golf tourney

NEWTON OUTSHOT

COVINGTON -- East Coweta's Ji Eun Baik proved that golf is not just a boys game after posting the lowest score in the Region 2-AAAAA tournament with an even-par 71 at the Oaks Course on Tuesday.

Her low score helped the Lady Indians become the girls region champion with a score of 171. Brooke Ingalls posted the other score for East Coweta with a 100.

Unfortunately for the Newton girls, they did not score well enough to join East Coweta at the Class AAAA state tournament at Westlake Country Club in Augusta.

Posting scores for the Newton girls were Emily Jones (112) and Jade Woods (116) as the Lady Rams finished fourth out of five teams with a 228.

Finishing as region runner-up was Luella with a 208 followed by Westlake with a 220, while M.L. King brought up the rear of the pack posting a 233.

"The girls went out and performed fairly well," Newton head coach Stephen Spruell said. "The girl from EastCoweta goes out and throws out the best score of anybody in the tournament. That's pretty tough to beat.

"I'm extremely proud of all them, in particularly Jade Woods who went out and shot a 116 which is probably her best score of the year. She picked a good time to do that, during the region tournament."

With a score of 104, Newnan's lone female golfer, Haley Luna, will represent the region at the state tournament as her score was the lowest shot by a player whose team did not make it to state.

On the boys side, three of Newnan's four golfers posted scores in the 70s as the Cougars won the region tournament with a team round of 326.

Posting the low-round for the boys was Trevor Smith who had a 4-over par 75 followed by Carson Vaughn (77) and Jordan Henry (79) with JJ Avery shooting an 80 to win the region.

Coming in as runner-up in the tournament was East Coweta (326) followed by Westlake (361), Luella (398), M.L. King (443) and Newton (491).

Newton freshman Thomas Williamson had the low score for the Rams with a 113 followed by Tyler Bystrom (122), Riley Dameron (127) with Brendon Brown and Laderrius Brown each scoring a 129.

"He's a ninth-grader so that says a lot about how far he's come from somebody that's never played before," said Spruell of Williamson.

Joining Newnan and East Coweta at the boys state tournament at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans is Westlake's DeJuan Power who had an 81.

"I'm happy with both groups," said Spruell of his teams. "The boys improved over the course of the year. I had a lot of boys that this was their first time out. All things considered, the improvement is what we're looking for in the boys."