MOULTRIE — The first Georgia-Alabama Challenge Match went to Alabama on Saturday at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, but 14-13 score was a much closer than anticipated.

Colquitt County, which was paired with Northview High of Duluth, helped Georgia cause, winning 3 1/2 points, while losing 2 1/2.

Colquitt County and Northview played U.M.S. Wright and Northridge from Alabama.

The match play format event brought together nine of the top high school teams from Georgia to face nine of the best from Alabama.

Glynn Academy and Savannah Country Day won two points and lost four against Andalusia and Prattville.

Vidalia and Northwest Whitfield also won two points and lost four against Hoover and McGill-Tollen.

Lovett High was paired with St. Paul’s and won two points and lost one. And Centennial and Etowah won 3 1/2 and lost 2 1/2 against Auburn High and Spain Park.

“The competition was a little steeper than in the North-South Challenge,” Colquitt County coach Donald Dale said of the similar match play event held Feb. 25 at Kinderlou, won by the South Georgia team. “To play as well as we did, I thought we did well. I know my guys who lost were not happy.”

At No. 1, Colquitt County freshman Clarke Hendrick and his Northview teammate won 1-up.

The Matt Smith-Northview combination at No. 2 lost 4 and 3.

At No. 3, Aaron Elrod and his Northview counterpart won 5 and 4.

At No. 4, Josh Dale and his Northview partner birdied the final hole to half their match and get a half-point for the Georgia team.

Dusty Campbell played at No. 5 and he and Northview lost 2 and 1.

At No. 6, Ian Hester’s pairing won 4 and 3.

Colquitt County will return to tournament play Saturday when it participates in the Demon Invitational at the Landings Golf Club in Warner Robins.

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