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Alcovy girls, Eastside boys win Newton Cup

COVINGTON -- The Alcovy girls golf team maintained its edge to take the Newton Cup away from Eastside for the first time in seven years while the Eastside boys started the tournament two strokes behind Alcovy only to rally to retain the cup for the ninth straight year at Ashton Hills Golf Club on Monday.

Alcovy's girls won the cup with a total score of 323 followed by 339 for Eastside and 381 for Newton.

The Eastside boys came from behind to keep the cup with a score of 361 and Alcovy shooting a 369. Newton did not post a score for the second round.

"The kids came in motivated. I'm really proud of them, they played hard," Eastside head coach Jay Cawthon said. "They had it in their mind that they were not going to lose the cup for the first time in school history."

The Alcovy girls, led by Kelsey Knight who shot rounds of 49 and 47, kept the pressure on their opponents adding to the six-stroke lead.

"She's been playing better than that so she's definitely better than that," Alcovy head coach Chris Newsham said of Knight. "She can be really good, she just has to practice."

The Alcovy girls shot a 164 with Eastside coming in next with a 173 followed by Newton with 193.

Joining Knight in helping win the cup were Kaitlyn Doering (54) and Sharlie Harrell (63).

"The girls have been pretty steady all year. For the last three years they've worked hard. It was definitely a goal. Their expectations are high than they used to be," Newsham said. "The next one is to try to win region and make it to state."

Even though Ashton Hills is Eastside's home course, the Eagles could not gain an advantage to close the gap Alcovy set in the first round. Eastside senior Savannah Upshaw led the team in scoring with a 57 while Autumn Whiten and Brittany Medlin each had a 58. Playing but not scoring was Taylor Maddox who had a 61.

Scoring for Newton were Logan Malcolm (63), Ashton McKinnon (63) and Jade Woods (67).

While the Eastside girls could not use Ashton Hills home course to their advantage, that was not the case for the Eastside boys. In the first round of the Newton Cup, Alcovy had a 174-176 edge over Eastside. Playing a best-ball format, the team of Quinn Murphy and Dillon Leach were able to rally to beat Alcovy's top team of Zach Floyd and Jess Nelson.

Murphy and Leach combined for a 56 through 15 holes while Floyd and Nelson had a 63. Even though Alcovy's second team of Andrew Cochran and Wes Keaton were able to get a stroke back beating Eastside's second team of Matt Mitchell and Avery Hall 64-65, Eastside's third team put the match away. Jack Mitchell and Ryan Dial outscored Alcovy's Hunter Clark and Matt Lovell 64-68 to help Eastside secure the cup with a score of 361-369.

"They had some good players but our guys came out motivated to play good. We didn't want to stack a team this year. We wanted to have three good scores come in so we didn't put our No. 1 and No. 2 players together," Cawthon said. "I'm really proud of Dillon to step in there and help Quinn out."