The Couch Middle School golf team won the Middle School Golf League’s spring team championship.
Couch’s team members were Jolie Babcock, Whitley Carraway, Paige Greco, Braxton Holden, Trey Kirkpatrick, River Morrow and Mylan Thadd. For the four weeks of team play, that group shot a combined score of 16 under par in the league, which features golfers and teams grouped by their Gwinnett area middle school.
In the nine-hole Individual Stroke Tournament, Greco won the girls overall title with a score of 42. Peyton Hogan from Loganville won the boys Red Tee Flight with a score of 43 and Austin Chadwick from McConnell won the Boys Junior Tee flight with a score of 41. McKinlee Proctor won the girls Drive, Chip and Putt competition and Austin Chadwick won the boys competition.
“We experienced continued growth from last year,” Middle School Golf League director Les Witmer said. “We had 96 players representing teams from Bay Creek, Couch, Creekland, Crews, Dacula, Five Forks, Loganville, McConnell, Shiloh and Trickum Middle Schools. For the first time, we also played at Providence and Bear Creek Golf Courses in Monroe, adding to our existing golf courses of Summit Chase Country Club and Country Club of Gwinnett in Snellville, Cedar Lake Golf Course in Loganville, Collins Hill Golf Course in Lawrenceville and Trophy Club of Apalachee in Dacula.”
The Middle School Golf League is organized through the South Gwinnett Athletic Association with play mainly on Sunday afternoons during both fall and spring seasons. The fall season for the league begins when school starts back in August with play through the end of October.
“We began our season again with a clinic for all, an extra clinic for new players to golf or the league in preparation for their team best ball play and a practice round to get everyone organized,” Witmer said. “Then four weeks of team best ball play and then we introduced them to stroke play, where everyone got to play their own ball for an individual score, then the more experienced juniors participated in a nine-hole tournament. Our season culminated with a Drive, Chip and Putt competition, and pizza party and awards presentation.”
The following players received Most Improved Golfer Awards for the spring season:
Bay Creek: James Washington
Couch: Whitley Carraway, Jalen Rhodes
Crews: Kiera Crean, Nicholas McKinnon
Creekland: John Langley
Dacula: Will Strange
Five Forks: McKinlee Proctor
Loganville: Charlie Tharp, Caron Gilreath
McConnell: Aven Jones, Christian Davidson, Mya Jones
Shiloh: Matthew Cordoba
Trickum: Kennedy Baker, Charlie Hardy