COVINGTON -- It's apparent that local golf is on the upswing. Even with the new regulations making it harder to make it to the state tournament, a few players and a team still had a presence.
Eastside's Quinn Murphy and the Alcovy boys golf team played in the state tournament. Newton's Logan Malcolm also made it to the Class AAAAAA state tournament even though Alcovy's Kelsey Knight won region.
As with every season no matter what sport, a few players rose above the others, making it possible to pick the best of the best for the Citizen All-Area Golf Team.
Murphy, a junior, led Eastside with a nine-hole average of 37 while winning the Region 8-AAAA tournament with a 77. Playing as an individual in the Class AAAA tournament at the Dalton Golf and Country Club, Murphy was tied for 28th place out of a field of 98 players with a 79.
His consistent play was good enough to make him the All-Citizen Boys Golfer of the Year.
Also averaging a 37 was Heritage's Hunter Elliott to become the No. 2 player on the team. Rounding the rest of the boys first team are Alcovy's Zach Floyd (40), Heritage's Trent Winter (40) and Reed Lewis (40) and Alcovy's Andrew Cochran (41).
Making the second team are Eastside's Matt Mitchell (43), Heritage's Aaron Kenney (43), Rockdale's Ahmad Williams (44), Heritage's Davansh Acharya (44) and Toby North (45) and Rockdale's Cameron Rivers (47).
Making the honorable mention list are Salem's Kevin An and Clayton Ivey who each averaged a 49 over nine holes.
If anyone asks who is the best high school girl golfer in the area, there's no doubt that Knight's name would be mentioned. Her average was six-strokes lower than the second-best golfer, shooting a 44 over nine holes.
Knight won the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament with a 94 but failed to qualify to the state tournament after her team finished outside of the top nine teams in the Class AAAAAA Sectional.
Her outstanding play made Knight the best local girls golfer and an easy pick to be the All-Citizen Girls Golfer of the Year.
Eastside's Autumn Whiten had the second lowest nine-hole average, shooting a 50 followed by Eastside senior Savannah Upshaw (51), Salem's Devin Edwards (55) and Malcolm who represented Region 2-AAAAAA at the state tournament, shooting a 97 at the region tournament.
On the girls honorable mention list are Heritage's Sydni Moore and Leslie Abbott.