Despite not advancing to the state sectionals, it was a successful finish to the season for the Rockdale boys golf team.
The Bulldogs finished as runner-up to Alcovy at the Region 2-AAAAAA meet at Heron Bay Golf Course recently, shooting a 361. That team score left the Conyers school 31 strokes short of the qualifying score of 330 for a runner-up team to advance to the sectional.
Brandon Lee, the team’s only senior, led the way at the region meet, shooting a 42 on the front nine and a 43 on the back for a round score of 85. Lee dedicated the regional performance to his grandmother, who died of leukemia during the tournament.
Cameron Rivers shot a 46, then followed with a 42 on the back nine for an 88, while Ahmad Williams shot a pair of 47s (94) and Malik Moville added a 48 and 46 for a round score of 94.
The Bulldogs shot a 358 for the region meet, their lowest nine-hole scores of the season and, according to coach Tim Hatch, the lowest scores in at least 20 years.
“This is a remarkable group of kids who, unlike many of the golfers on better teams, have not grown up on golf courses,” said Hatch. “Participating in a game of integrity, courtesy and resiliency, golfers promote the values of a healthy community (and) these athletes rank among Rockdale County’s best.”
Rivers, Williams and Moville, along with Carlan Ivey and first-year golfer Matt McLain will all be back in 2015 for their senior seasons. With Devyne Washington (junior in 2015) and Daniel Long (sophomore) also returning next season, the future is bright on the links for Rockdale.
“We look forward to a bright future and welcome everyone to join us,” said Hatch.