The Colquitt County boys golf team continued its late-season surge and won the Region 1-AAAAAA tournament by eight strokes on Monday at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton.

The Packers turned in an 8-over 296 for its second sub-300 round in a row.

Colquitt shot a 304-290 to win the Indian Invitational at the Hawks Point Golf Club in Vidalia on April 4-5 and the two-week layoff did not appear to hurt.

The victory was the third of the season for the Packers, who also took the Trojan Invitational at Grand Island in Albany with a 303 on March 10.

“I’m excited for the kids,” Coach Donald Dale said. “They are playing pretty good now. We did what we wanted to do today.”

The Packers will not have to play in the May 5 sectional, but will advance straight to the state tournament, which will be played May 19  at the Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans.

The Packers were led by senior Tyler Key, who matched his best round of the season with a 72.

His score tied him for the second-low medalist.

Tyler DeMott shot a 73, Eli Stripling a 75 and Braden Traylor a 76.

Also playing for the Packers were McKenzie Blanchett, who shot an 88, and Charlie Zeanah, who had a 95.

Playing on its own course, Tift County was second with a 304 and Lowndes was one shot further back at 3-5. Sophomore Lukkas Alakuppi was the low medalist with his 67 and led Valdosta to fourth place with a 317.

Tift County, Lowndes and Valdosta will go the sectional, which will be held May 5 at Cannongate at Georgia National in McDonough.

The Colquitt boys have two more rounds of competitive golf before playing in the state tournament. They will return to Spring Hill next Tuesday for the Blue Devil Invitational, which was postponed by rain on April 7.

Colquitt also will play host to the Packer Invitational on Saturday at Sunset County Club.

The Packer Invitational was scheduled for March 29.

But, like the Blue Devil Invitational, it had to be moved because of rain.

The Colquitt County girls finished second in the region girls tournament, also held Monday at Spring Hill.

Tift County was first with a 246.

The Lady Packers were a distant second at 264.

Camden County was third with a 294.

Colquitt County counted an 81 from Hanna Friedlander, an 87 from Taylor Marie Griner and a 96 from both Allison Fagan and Shelby Tidwell.

Tift County’s Anna Greer was the low medalist with a 77.

The Lady Packers will travel to Locust Grove on May 5 to compete in the sectional at Heron Bay Golf Course.


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