Both the Commerce boys’ and girls’ golf teams will head to Augusta in two weeks to compete in the Class A Public State Tournament.
Both teams qualified for the state tournament after placing in the top four of their respective sectional tournaments on Monday.
The Lady Tigers finished third overall in the Class A sectionals at Crooked Oak Golf Course in Colquitt.
Hannah McRee led Commerce with a career low score of 92. Emmie Burley also shot a career-low 98, which contributed to the Lady Tigers’ total score of 190. Trion took first place with a score of 184, while Gordon Lee (185) finished second.
“I was really proud of the girls – especially for qualifying as a team,” said head coach Rob Brown. “We shot one of our low scores on the year. They play their best golf when they have to.”
The Tigers qualified individuals for the tournament the past few years, but Brown noted that Commerce hasn’t qualified for state as a team for some time.
The Commerce boys also qualified for the state tournament, following a fourth-place finish at sectionals at Crooked Oak Golf Course.
Sage Culpepper – Commerce’s low medalist – led the Tigers with an 86. Dalton Dean (89), Wesley Counts (99) and Wade McMahan (100) rounded out scoring for the Tigers to seal fourth place with 373 strokes.
The Tigers took 22 strokes off their total score from the area tournament, which head coach Matthew Lund noted as a goal his team had reached.
“I told them that if we could take five strokes off of each of our scores, we could qualify,” said Lund. “They were up against some tough competition and they gutted it out. I was really proud of the guys. It was the hottest day that we’ve played all year. They stuck through it.”
Lund noted that he was particularly proud of senior Dalton Dean, who stayed under 90 strokes by sinking a long putt on the 18th green.
The Commerce boys will travel to Forrest Hills Golf Club in Augusta on Monday, May 19 to face the seven other top Class A Public teams in the state. Likewise, the Lady Tigers will compete in their state tournament on the same day at Goshen Plantation in Augusta.