Coweta Sports Digest
Smith helps Coastal Georgia earn first golf title
by Chris Goltermann
It didn’t take long for Trevor Smith to make an impact on Coastal Georgia’s men’s golf program.
Smith capped off Coastal Georgia’s run to the program’s first NAIA Men’s Golf Championship with his best round of the tournament on Friday.
The sophomore, who was a standout for Newnan High’s program, fired an even-72 that included three birdies on the back nine at LPGA International.
It helped the Mariners overcome a six-stroke deficit to bring home the program’s first national title.
Coastal Georgia fired a 4-under 284 in the third and final round of the 54-hole event to finish 1-over for the tournament. The Mariners were the only team to shoot under par on Friday to hold off two-time defending champion Oklahoma City by four strokes.
Both teams were tied for third heading into the final round.
Smith, who opened the tournament with back-to-back rounds of 76 saved his best round for last. Despite bogeys on his first and third holes and then another on the par-4 8th before making the turn, he pulled even with birdies on holes 10, 12 and 14, the latter off a par-5, before playing even over the final five holes of the tournament.
Coastal Georgia’s golf program started in 2011 prior to Smith signing a scholarship out of Newnan High where he finished as the 2012 GHSA Class AAAAA state runner-up. The Mariners played in the junior-college ranks its first season, making the NJCAA national tournament that year.
"To start out in junior college and then do what we've done in four years, that's just amazing," said Coastal Georgia head coach Mike Cook.
The national championship victory was the fifth win this season for the Mariners. The team finished third or better in all 10 of its tournament appearances this year.
OWEN TAKES HARD-FOUGHT 1-0 LOSS ON MOUND IN NCAA REGIONALS: Former East Coweta High star pitcher Alison Owen gave Mississippi State as much as a chance to win Friday’s opening game of the LaFayette Regional in this year’s NCAA Tournament, allowing one run over four innings in a 1-0 loss to Texas.
Owen, who set a new school record for strikeouts in her senior year with the Bulldogs, gave up four hits over four innings while striking out five and walking two.
Her lone mistake was a solo homer by Texas leadoff hitter Brejae Washington in the bottom of the third.
The 5-7 right-hander carried an 18-11 record into the NCAA Tournament with season highs of 169 ? innings and 219 strikeouts compared to just 32 walks.
Texas freshman pitcher Tiarra Davis went the distance in a complete-game four-hit effort. Davis struck out seven, walked one and held Mississippi State bats to an 0-for-7 performance at the plate with runners in scoring position.
HERITAGE HONORS HENSON’S MEMORY TODAY WITH FLAG-FOOTBALL FUND RAISER: The Heritage School will host memorial event in the name of late student Tyler Henson today that includes a flag-football tournament and cookout with proceeds going to a scholarship in Henson’s name.
The three-sport standout athlete was killed in a car accident a year ago.
Events, which include $4 hot-dog plates, $5 hamburger plates and $6 barbecue plates at the concession stands, begins at 11:30 a.m.
Pre-registered Upper-School students will play in a round-robin tournament. There is no charge for admission, but donations are welcomed and will go to the Tyler Henson Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides need-based financial aid to a selected Upper School student.