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Daniel, Swords earn state titles

Jordan Daniel and Annie Swords capped off respective high school golf seasons with individual state championships on Monday. 

Swords fired a 77 to win GISA Class AAA girls low medalist honors for The Heritage School while also helping the Hawks place eighth overall in team standings at Glen Arven Country Club in Thomasville. 

Daniel, a sophomore at Landmark Christian, captured this year’s GHSA Class A Private State Championship on Monday in sudden death, while helping lead the Lady War Eagles to a third-place finish. 

Both Heritage and Trinity advanced to the GISA Tournament while placing seventh and eighth, respectively in Class AAA out of 15 qualifying teams. Swords led local finishers while Heritage’s Ethan Mansour and Trinity’s Tyler Anderson each posted rounds of 79.

Chaz Bankston and Dylan Connally added scores of 84 and Austin Steele finished with an 87 for the Hawks. 

Trinity’s scorers also included Hudson Huber (80), Blake Watson (83) and Luke Hammock (84). Savannah Humber fired a 95. 

In GHSA state tournament action, Daniel earned low medalist honors on the third playoff hole with a birdie putt while battling with Galloway’s Amanda Doherty at Crosswinds Golf Club in Savannah. 

Doherty forced the final playoff hole after sinking a 45-foot putt for par, but wasn’t able to follow it up after Daniel came up about a foot short of the hole for her eventual-winning birdie attempt. 

Daniel completed her round with a 78 on a tough layout at Crosswinds. Senior teammate Allison Schwinne added a 99 to help Landmark’s girls place third among team scores behind Darlington (171) and Athens Academy (172). 

Sophomore Sarah Read and freshman Kenzie Johnson also competed for the Lady War Eagles. 

Daniel was a member of the 2012 Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Team, comprised of top players from around the country in the American Junior Golf Association. 

THREE WIN BRACKETS IN GSGA SENIOR WOMEN’S MATCH PLAY: Three Coweta County women’s golfers won respective brackets at the annual Georgia State Golf Association Senior Women’s Play Championship, which wrapped up three days of play on Wednesday at Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton.

Jodie Shepard of Newnan Country Club won the consolation bracket of the Championship Flight while Sharpsburg golfer Ellen Connors captured the First Flight Championship. 

Shepherd defeated Dunwoody’s Molly O’Dea 3 and 2 in the final after outlasting Mary Riley of Perry in the consolation semifinal in 20 holes. The longtime Newnan golfer lost her opening match to No. 2 seed and eventual finalist Susan Rheney of Greensboro 3 and 1.

Connors, meanwhile, won three tight matches over consecutive days to hang on for the First Flight Championship, defeating Karen Stewart of Columbus 1-up in Wednesday’s final.

The bracket’s No. 1 seed, Connors opened with a 2-and-1 win over eighth-seeded Sissi Gann of Kathleen before needing 20 holes to hold off No. 4 seed Sue King of Chatsworth on Tuesday. 

Newnan’s Cheryl Drewyer battled back from a tough first-round loss in the Second Flight to win the Consolation Bracket 4 and 2 over Fran Coody of Perry. Drewyer, a No. 2 seed, was upset by Atlanta’s Anne Russell in a 19-hole match before reeling off back-to-back wins.

Also competing from Coweta County was Sharpsburg’s Carole Cavanaugh in the Third Flight and Bunny Guy of Newnan in the Fourth Flight. 

Guy reached the consolation finals before falling 5 and 3 to Meri Parian of Carrollton. 

BAIK TO PLAY IN U.S. WOMEN’S AMATEUR QUALIFIER: Fresh off her individual third-place finish at Monday’s GHSA Class AAAAAA girls tournament for East Coweta, senior Ji Eun Baik will compete in next Wednesday’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifier at The Oaks Course in Covington.

The future Mississippi State golfer played in last summer’s U.S. Girls Amateur and will be competing for five spots and two alternate positions in this year’s Women’s Amateur to be held June 17-22 in Norman, Okla.

HURRICANE JUNIOR GOLF TOUR MAKES STOP AT CANONGATE I: Over 70 players competed across four age divisions last at Canongate I during a Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s Nike Junior Cup Series event on Saturday and Sunday.

A pair of Peachtree City natives picked up top honors in respective 11-14 year-old divisions. The boys event was won by Jake Milanowski, who finished with a 6-under 138 for the two-day tournament. 

Ivy Shepherd captured the 11-14 girls title with a two-day score of 155. 

The HJGT returns to Coweta County on July 20-21 at Canongate-on-White Oak for the fifth event in the Nike Series.

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