Vols net region golf title

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AJ takes first league crown since 1982

By Robert Howey

The Andrew Jackson Volunteers golf team is “fore real.”
The Vols, who went unbeaten in regular-season Region IV-AA play, kept it going in the region tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club on Wednesday, May 8.
AJ, 25-4, posted a 657 team score to top the six-team field for its first region golf championship since 1982.
Freshman Logan Sowell led the Vols’ effort, shooting a 149 (73-76) to earn medalist honors for the one-day, 36-hole tournament.
“I hit the ball well and putted well,’ Sowell said.
“I’m so proud of Logan,” AJ golf coach Champ Williams said. “He’s a ninth grader and he really stepped up today. He played well and that’s quite an accomplishment for a freshman golfer.”
Sowell had plenty of help as Caleb Brown shot a 167 (83-84). Chandler Norville posted a 168 (85-83). Emily Cox shot an 88 and Dylan Robinson added an 85.
The Vols had a 329 in the opening 18 holes and followed with a 328 to cap play.
“A 660 was our goal and we bettered that,” Williams said. “I’m excited for our team because they accomplished something which hasn’t been done at AJ in golf in a long, long time.
“I think the key for this team is that they have worked hard all year long to reach this,” Williams said. “We’re a young team with a very bright future.”
Indian Land placed second with a 689 – 343-346.
The Warriors, who along with AJ earned a bid to the Class AA state tournament at Indian River Golf Club in Pelion, were led by Jared Long’s 152 (76-76). Clay Holcomb had a 170 (83-87) and he was followed by Tyler Watson 183 (90-93) and George Morris 184 (90-93).
Sowell led the all-region team which also included IL’s Long, Buford’s Garrett Crenshaw 160, Central’s Sam Caldwell 160, Central’s Matthew Terry 163, Brady Brown of Chesterfield 164 and Cheraw’s Lela Oakley 166.
Crenshaw and Caldwell were the individual state qualifiers from the region tournament.
Buford shot a 707, with Crenshaw leading with his 160 (83-77). Other BHS scores were Jake Griffin 185 (96-89), Hunter McCowan 186 (94-92), Griggs Griffin 85 and Cannon Cato 91 (176).
Other team scores: Central 695, Cheraw 704, Buford 707 and Chesterfield 709
The tournament was originally set for Monday and Tuesday, but moved to Wednesday for 36 holes of play at the LGC.