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Brookwood golf downs Eastside

COVINGTON -- The Eastside boys golf team could not get the win over Brookwood even with Quin Murphy posting the low score. The boys lost 157-161 while the Eastside girls also dropped their game, losing 99-92 despite Emily Almand's lowest score of her career on Wednesday.

"If they're putting well we can score with anybody and the guys are working on it," Eastside boys coach Jay Cawthon said. "They know that's the part of the game that we have to work on. We just have to peak at the right time and that's at region. We've played Brookwood over the past few years and now we're 3-2 against them. It's good competition."

In the boys match, Murphy had the lowest score of the two schools shooting a 1-under par 37 on the front nine holes at The Oaks Course.

Even though Brandon Shives and Matt Mitchell each shot a 40, they were unable to overcome the scores of Brookwood's Patrick Kendrick (38) and Drew Hutcheson (39). Scoring a 40 for Brookwood were Beau Bowlin, Philp Westberry and Carver Weeks.

"Quin has been playing solid all year. When he's putting well, he can score well. Matt's really come a long way considering that this is his first year really playing matches. I'm really proud of him," said Cawthon of Mitchell.

Eastside's final scorer, Jordan Leifels, had the same score, 44, as Brookwood's high scorer, Shawn Chong.

Playing for Eastside but not scoring were Ryan Dial and Jack Mitchell.

Not even with Almand playing the best nine holes of her career with a 42 helped Eastside against Brookwood's Taylor Allen who had a 1-under par 35. Unfortunately, the rest of the team could not come up with the putts it needed as Brookwood's Kaitlyn Cundiff and Alison Gammie each had a 47 with Eastside's next two scorers, Savannah Upshaw and Katie Briscoe, shooting 10-stokes higher with a 57.

"I'm pretty pleased, I was especially pleased with Emily's score. That might be her lowest nine-hole score in her career. I'm encouraged because I see them improving. I feel like I say this every year, but our ultimate goal is to play our best at region tournament since that's when we have to play well," said Eastside girls coach Jason Grooms.

"I feel like we have to get better with our short game. I see a lot of missed opportunities around the green, a lot of three putts we shouldn't have. I think if can work on that our scores will come down considerably."

Playing for Eastside with a non-scoring game was Autumn Whiten (62) and shooting a 51 was Brookwood's Nicole Riley.

In other golf news, former Eastside and current Georgia College and State University player Junior Taylor Smith fired a 72 and 70 on Tuesday and a 76 on Wednesday, good enough to finish 39th overall, in the 2012 Bobcat Intercollegiate tournament, hosted at the Golf Club at Cuscowilla.GCSU finished 10th as a team with rounds of 288 and 279 before adding a 294 in the final round for a total of 21-over par, just two strokes behind No. 18 Florida Southern College and just 10 out of the top five. No. 1 Barry University won the tournament title with rounds of 274, 280 and 279, a seven-under effort on the par-70, 6,847-yard course.

Freshman Ryan Trocchio (Norcross) battled some of the best golfers in the country to take 10th overall.

Trocchio led the Bobcats with a 69 and 68 followed a 71. Classmate Victor Monte (Chantilly, Va.) was 37th, carding rounds of 72, 69 and 76.

Classmate Patrick Garrett (Kennesaw) shot rounds of 73 and 71 yesterday, adding a 76 today for 10-over par in 47th. Rookie David Sullivan (Woodstock) was also at 10-over, but showed steady improvement with rounds of 75, 71 and 74, firing counting rounds in his last two.

The Bobcats put two individuals in the field as well, as sophomore Pontus Andersson (Helsingborg, Sweden) was 58th (74-79-70) and freshman Tyler Tucker (Cochran) took 75th (78-70-81).

The Bobcats are back in action Monday, March 26 at the Bearcat Invitational, hosted by Lander University.