Lady Vikings golf team wins region title
Northgate golf teams made the most of a home course advantage for this week’s Region 4-AAAAA tournament in Newnan on Canongate 1.
The Lady Vikings dominated Thursday’s event at the Roquemore course in a 36-stroke victory over Union Grove.
Led by senior Haley Grant’s top round of 87, Northgate’s girls fired a 271 to finish well ahead of the required team score of 300 needed to bypass the state sectionals and qualify for the GHSA championship.
The girls GHSA Class AAAAA State Tournament will be held on May 19 at Jones Creek Golf Course in Augusta.
The Vikings, meanwhile, also advanced to the state level after finishing as 4-AAAAA runner-up on Thursday.
Northgate’s boys finished behind champion Starr’s Mill, who won the 4-AAAAA title with a score of 305.
The Vikings combined for a team score of 321, qualifying the group for the Class AAAAA sectionals on May 5 at Canongate-on-White Oak.
Northgate’s girls scorers included both Grant and fellow senior Ashton Thompson, who added a round of 93. Sophomore Jessica Houk finished in between the pair with a 91.
Union Grove’s Hannah Gassaway was the girls low medalist with a 85.
The Vikings’ effort was led by a 77 from freshman Jaden Hall, who was just five strokes behind the tournament’s low medalist, Andrew Crocker of Starr’s Mill.
Northgate teammates Maddux Lytle and Nathan Gamer added rounds of 80 while Tanner Lee completed the Vikings’ scoring with an 84.
The team can advance to the Class AAAAA State Boys Championship with a qualifying score of 330 or under at sectionals.