Henry takes third individually to lead Cougars
Newnan boys tie for 4th at state
by Chris Goltermann
Newnan’s boys golf team made quite the move up the leaderboard in a return trip to the GHSA Class AAAAAA State Tournament on Monday at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta.
After finishing 14th of 16 teams last year, the Cougars rebounded to finish tied for fourth overall while led by senior Jordan Henry’s 2-under 70.
Henry placed third individually, the second time in a three-year span that a Newnan golfer has finished among the top-three at the state tournament.
Despite three bogeys among its six competitors on No. 18, the Cougars held on to finish at 19-over 307 as a team, tying with Walton and finishing behind state champion Peachtree Ridge (300) and co-runner ups Roswell and Johns Creek, both at 303.
“As far as I know, that’s the best we’ve ever finished at state,” Newnan head coach Jeff Bryant said. “We had a couple of bad holes here or there, but I thought we played pretty good. You’ve got to catch some breaks if you want to win state.”
Henry opened his round with consecutive birdies on No. 2 and 3 and then battled back from a pair of bogeys over a five-hole stretch to sink two more birdie putts while closing with a flourish.
The senior finished one stroke behind Zach Healy of Norcross and three behind GHSA Class AAAAAA low medalist Charles Huntzinger of Peachtree Ridge.
A junior, Huntzinger posted a bogey-free round while closing with three birdies on the back nine.
Fellow Cougar senior Carson Vaughn finished tied for 11th overall at 3-over 75 that included a strong start while sitting at 2-under after three holes. He made the turn at 1-over before closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th.
Newnan junior Max Matistic hit his biggest bump on No. 18 after getting caught in the sand. But a round of 78 included the Cougars’ lone eagle. Before making the turn, Matistic connected on a “great putt” according to Bryant to pull within 1-over.
Matistic expects to lead a strong senior class heading into 2015 after leading Newnan’s boys to a 3-AAAAAA championship with a 1-over 73.
“We’ve got a good group of seniors coming back next year,” Bryant said.
John Taylor, Aaron Sweatman and Preston Wise each posted rounds of 84 to complete the scoring. All three players posted at least one birdie.
VIKINGS FINISH 13TH AT CLASS AAAAA TOURNAMENT: Chris Whitney and senior Maddux Lytle led Northgate’s boys at Monday’s Class AAAAA state tournament at Bartram Trail Golf Club in Evans with rounds of 77 and 78, respectively.
The Vikings team score of 320 placed 13th among 16 qualifiers.
Whitney’s 5-over 77 tied for 30th overall while Lytle, who signed with Point University, connected for an eagle on the par-5 ninth to close the tournament and his varsity career.
Nathan Garner added an 80 and Jaden Hall finished the Northgate scoring with an 85.
Tanner Lee (87) and Daniel Salvatore (94) also competed for the Vikings.