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Back nine ruin Floyd's finish in junior tourney

Staff photo: Manny Fils
Alpharetta's Dominic Terragno watches Covington's Zachary Floyd, a rising junior and a member of the Alcovy golf team, hit a risky shot on the seventh hole at Cherokee Run Golf Club on Tuesday.

Staff photo: Manny Fils Alpharetta's Dominic Terragno watches Covington's Zachary Floyd, a rising junior and a member of the Alcovy golf team, hit a risky shot on the seventh hole at Cherokee Run Golf Club on Tuesday.

CONYERS -- If Alcovy's Zachary Floyd could have played the back nine at Cherokee Run the same way he played the front nine he would've won the 18-hole Open Boys 15-18 division rather than finishing tied for seventh in the Atlanta Junior Golf tournament on Tuesday.

"The (back) nine I think is just eight strokes harder," Floyd, a rising junior, said. "I thought I hit a lot of good shots, I just a got a ton of bad breaks."

Floyd shot a 49 on his first nine holes before taking advantage of three birdies in the second nine to shoot a 2-over par 38. One of the birdies came on the 287-yard par four eighth hole.

After fading the ball and clearing the creek in front of the green, Floyd two putted for the birdie.

"Me and my dad played out here a year ago and drove the green to (put the ball) within 10-feet. Plus, I figured I didn't have any shots to lose so I figured I might as well go for it and it turned out well," Floyd said.

Woodstock's Jake Forbes beat East Points Wesley Gilmore in a playoff to win the division.

Covington's Sidney Roule, who plays the in 9-hole Club Girls 7-18 division, was also involved in a played playoff. Unfortunately, she lost the three-way playoff with Helen Fialkowski and Mary Kate Klump, both of Atlanta, ending up in a tie for second place with Klump. The trio shot a 57 over the nine-hole tournament.

Finishing tied for third place in the 9-hole Club Boys 12-Under division was Conyers' Bly Doma who shot a 50. Winning the division was Lawrenceville's Nicholas Gibson, who had a 42.

In the 9-hole Open Boys 12-Under division, Conyers' Alexander Goldman came in fourth place with a 51, eight strokes behind winner Nathan Sheets of Monroe.

Also coming in fourth place was Covington's Landon Farill, who shot a 93 in the 18-hole Boys 12-Under division. Winning the division with an 82 was Johns Creek's Tommy Su.

Conyers' John Sauer shot a 120, 33-strokes behind Monroe's Luke Peavy, who had an 87, to come in fifth place in the 18-hole Club Boys 13-14 division.

The next local tournament will be at The Oaks Course on July 18.