Brookwood Golf Team Results Brookwood wins region tournament

Brookwood wins region tournament 

SNELLVILLE - The top two teams in Region 8-AAAAA girls golf remained the same, the order just changed.

Brookwood topped defending champion Parkview 182-191 on Thursday at Summit Chase Country Club on the strength of its seniors Christine Graham and Mary Beth Wys.

Graham earned the low-medalist honors with an 89 and Wys finished in third after firing a 93 to give the Broncos the nine-stroke win over their rivals.

"You can usually tell by the first tee shot how the round is going to go; and mine was pretty much perfect, so I knew it wasn't going to be a bad day," Graham said.

For the Broncos, the title was made a little sweeter by beating their rival after having fallen to them three times already this year, a feat that the Panthers accomplished last year against Brookwood.

"We knew it would come down to us, so we just wanted to finish better than Parkview," Wys said.

"I'm just so glad we beat Parkview," Graham said. "They're such a consistent team so I was nervous all day."

She, and the rest of the Broncos, fared very well under the pressure, something that their coach took note of.

"We thought that (Graham) could be in the running for medalist, but to go out there and perform under pressure is it hardest thing to do," Brookwood head coach Steve Thompson said. "I'm really proud of Christine, Mary Beth, Tiffany (Abrams) and Sam (Warneke). They all did a great job today."

The Panthers also were pleased with the effort shown by their golfers, led by sophomores Amanda Xu (92) and Jenna Peatross (99).

"We're just excited for the opportunity to go out and play for state," Parkview head coach Molly McAuliffe said. "I'm proud of the way all of the girls played on both teams. We've played them so often, it's almost like I know them as well as I know my own players."

The state tournament takes place on May 8 at Indian Mounds Golf Course on Jekyll Island.

With both teams virtually locked into the state qualifying spots after the first three groups came in, it was just a matter of positioning.

Brookwood stood 17 strokes ahead, with Graham and Wys already in the clubhouse and Xu still out on the course.

The Parkview sophomore had shot the day's low 9-hole total of 42 and needed a back-nine of 41 to force a playoff, but wasn't able to go that low, shooing a 50 on the more difficult finish to the course.

The Broncos were able to persevere with an overall consistent effort, though they know some improvement will be needed if they would like to compete in the state tournament.

"We played pretty consistent golf, but we can do better, and I'm sure we'll have a lot to practice on before we get to state," Graham said.

Grayson finished third in the region, followed by Shiloh and Central Gwinnett.