ROYSTON -- Eastside's Quinn Murphy overcame the pressure and a tough Highland Walk Golf Course to become the Region 8-AAAA low medalist shooting a 77 on Wednesday.
As a result of being the low medalist, Murphy will compete in the state tournament at Dalton Golf and Country Club on May 20. Unfortunately, Murphy will not be joined with his team as they failed to qualify despite being region runner-ups as a result of the qualification requirements set by the Georgia High School Association.
Under the old system, the Eastside boys would have qualified for the state tournament for the seventh straight year. Because they failed to shoot below the 340 mark set by the GHSA for Class AAAA, their streak of consecutive state tournament appearances ended.
The Eastside boys shot a 369 to end up in second place with Stephens County winning region and a spot in the Class AAAA sectional with a score of 356.
"It's a little disappointing because they knew if we had made it to state it would've been the seventh straight year we would've gone. I really thought we could've shot around 350 so it was a little disappointing," Eastside head coach Jay Cawthon said. "Golf is a hard game since anything can happen from one day to the next. But I'm getting almost everyone back so they know they'll have all summer to get better."
Murphy paced the Eagles with his round followed by Matt Mitchell (90), Jack Mitchell (97) and Dylan Leach (105). Playing but not scoring were Avery Hall (107) and Ryan Dial (109).
Following Eastside in team play were Chestatee (373), Lumpkin County (381), Johnson, Gainesville (391), Lanier (398), Walnut Grove (402) Monroe Area (406) and Madison County (418).
In the low medalist battle, the closest competitor to Murphy was Lumpkin County's Joseph Jarrard with a 79 followed by Madison County's Taylor Crouse with an 80. Stephens County's Dylan Hamilton and Ty Barrett each had an 86.
"They had it set up to play the hardest they could," Cawthon said of his junior low medalist. "He played well, I'm proud of him.
"The hardest part was that he was one of the first ones to finish so he had to wait to see what was going to happen."