Swords, Shepard help guide Georgia to win
Heritage School junior Annie Swords bounced back for a victory in Sunday's final day of the Georgia-South Carolina Junior Challenge Match to help a Georgia team captained by longtime Newnan Country Club member Jodie Shepard capture a title in the eighth annual event in Johns Island, S.C.
Georgia outscored South Carolina by a margin of 15 ½ to 8 ½ after grabbing a 9-3 lead during Saturday's opening matches. It was the fourth consecutive win for Georgia, which now leads the tournament series 6-2.
The tournament brings together the top girl golfers from the neighboring stats.
Swords earned her way on the team by finishing among the top four at the Georgia State Golf Association's Girls Championship.
'These girls were great,' said Shepard. 'It was an honor for Annie and I to be invited to participate.'
Swords swept her match to get the full three points on Sunday in a 4 and 3 decision over Kelsey Badmaev of Blythwood, S.C. She split her matches after falling to Reona Hirai of Summerville, the only player among South Carolina's foursome to go undefeated.
Georgia's lineup was led by Diane Lim of Norcross, who went unbeaten to contribute 5 ½ points over the two days. Eunice Yi of Evans had four, despite falling 2-up to Hirai on Sunday. Both Swords and Janet Mao of Johns Creek added three points.