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Elliott low medalist at Region 8-AAAA golf

Playing in windy conditions in a region tournament didn't seem to faze Hunter Elliott on Tuesday.

The Heritage golfer was low medalist, shooting a 75 to help the Patriots to a second-place finish at the Region 8-AAAA Tournament at the Reunion Golf Club in Hoschton.

"He was able to make some clutch putts and kept the ball on the fairway, he just played smart, he's a smart player," Heritage boys coach Mike Swords said of Elliott. "Played the course smarter than the guys he was playing against."

One of those players was Habersham Central's Lee McCoy, a University of Georgia signee, who shot a 77.

Elliot was joined by a trio of teammates who had impressive performances as Trent Winter and Reed Lewis each shot an 82 and Aaron Kenney shot an 88. Swords said his team playing on the same course at the April 14 Falcon Invitational was a big reason why the team played well Tuesday.

"The kids worked really hard, they all took notes," Swords said. "Really worked on the things they needed to work on and it showed today. They did a great job."

Heritage, which shot a 327, will play in the Class AAAA state tournament, May 7 at Jones Creek Golf Club in Augusta.

The Heritage girls finished eighth, led by Meagan Fernandez, who shot a 119 and Karley Wilson, who added a 121.

"Very proud of them, very young team, two freshmen a sophomore and a junior," said Heritage girl's coach Chris Pack. "First time we've walked 18 holes, it was a real tough course. I'm proud of the way we played, I'm proud of the way they carried themselves."

Cameron Rivers shot a 100 to lead the Rockdale boys to an overall score of 440. Rivers, just a freshman, was joined by Kaleb Ponder (106), Griffin Miller (116) and Blake Barron (118).

"(Rivers is) a freshman (and) it was real windy, I was pretty proud of him," said Rockdale coach David Phenix. "We've got something to build on for next year."

The Salem boys compiled a score of 470, led by Clayton Ivey's 106. Myles Vojnich shot a 111, while Tyran Ragland added a 120 and Kealon Edwards and Ivan Aurite each shot a 133.

"This is a tough course, it's an extremely long course," said Salem coach Noah Harrell.

Salem's girls shot a 236, thanks to Carmen Carter (117) and Devin Edwards (119).