Area Golf Digest

Swords places fourth at GSGA Girls Championship

Annie Swords saved her best round for last during the final day of the annual Georgia State Golf Association’s Girls Championship en route to a fourth-place finish at Atlanta Athletic Club.


Swords, who attends The Heritage School and earned low medalist honors at the Class AAA state tournament, closed the tournament with a 2-over 73 to finish 54-hole tournament at 10-over 226, one stroke ahead of Diane Lim of Norcross and Janet Jianing Mao of Johns Creek.


The standout from Newnan made the turn on Wednesday after posting par on eight of her first nine holes. Swords capped off the tournament with birdies on the par-4 14th and par-5 18th, the latter to push her into fourth place alone.


Highlighted by an opening round 68, Norcross golfer Bailey Tardy stayed atop the leaderboard for all three rounds to hold off Roswell’s Rinko Mitsunaga for a two-stroke victory. Tardy finished at 6-under 210 for the tournament.


Both girls led the field with identical rounds of 1-under 71 on Wednesday. Swords and third-place finisher Eunice Yi of Evans, capped off efforts with 73 while Lim moved up the leaderboard into a tie for fifth after an even-72 over the final 18 holes.


Newnan’s Jordan Daniel, who finished as this year’s low medalist at the GHSA Class A Private state championship, held on to finish tied for 13th overall following consecutive rounds of 80 to close the tournament.


Daniel matched Tuesday’s effort in round two thanks for birdies on No. 13 and No. 15 before ending her final 18 holes with three consecutive pars.


Play equally wrapped up on Wednesday in the GSGA Boys Junior Championship at The Farm in Rocky Face.


Newnan High’s Carson Vaughn finished tied for 21st at 7-over 229 after posting his second straight 79 in Wednesday’s final round. His last 18 holes included two birdies, the first of which came on the par-4 first hole.


Northgate’s Maddux Lytle finished tied for 42nd with a 54-hole total of 236.


LOCAL YOUTH PLAYERS COMPETE IN ATLANTA JUNIOR EVENT AT WHITE OAK: At least 15 youth players from within Coweta took advantage of the return of the Atlanta Junior Golf’s Summer Series on Wednesday.


Top finishes were led by Ashton Thompson of Sharpsburg, who won the 7-18 year-old division with an 88. Carson Whitton was second in the 18-hole Open Boys 13-14 tournament with a 79 that included three birdies and an eagle on No. 12.


Bailey Whitton added a fourth-place effort in the 18-hole Club Boys 15-18 event with a 93 while posting birdies on No. 15 and No. 17.






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