Pope High School has been around since 1987, but had never won the Cobb County Invitational. Until last week.
The Greyhounds actually tied with Allatoona at the City Club of Marietta. Each team had a 154 total after its four low scores were counted. (The tournament was limited to nine holes because of bad weather.)
The tie was broken by using the lowest scorer of the non-counting golfer. In that case it was Pope’s Edwin Hayaski, who had a 41, which nipped the 43 from Allatoona’s Kevin Donohue.
“This goes to show you that this is a true team competition,” Pope coach Kyle Roberts told the Marietta Daily Journal. “Going into that fifth score and having that depth shows everybody that they do matter.”
Pope got a 36 from Jack Haller, 39s from Jared McGrath and Andrew McGrath and a 40 from Carter Nelson. Allatoona’s top scorer was Brenden Blomquist, who was medalist with a 34, with Jack Hawkins at 39, Jackson Morrell at 40 and Ty Macombe at 41.
Defending champion Lassiter finished third and Marietta was fourth. Lassiter was led by Jack Shade with a 37 and Marietta got a 36 from Mac Thompson.
The field wasn’t as robust as in previous years. Only nine local teams participated, as other stayed away to participate in other events.
Big Red Shootout: South Forsyth won the annual Big Red Shootout at the Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville. The Eagles had 140 total points in the modified Stableford format. Cambridge was second at 135 and Gainesville took third at 128. Buford’s Jackson Buchanan was the medalist with 47 points.
Ed Hoard Classic: Prince Avenue Christian shot a 158 to win the rain-shortened event at Athens Country Club. Dallas Pettus shot 39 and Peyton Shedd shot 39 for the Wolverines. Prince Avenue earlier won the Athens Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course, with Shedd shooting 73 and freshman Hunter Smith shooting 74.
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