MOULTRIE — Colquitt County girls golf coach Matt Key said last week that realistically, his Lady Packers would playing for second place in Monday’s Class AAAAAA state tournament at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton.

And that’s where the Lady Packers finished, although they made a run at Lambert High, which won its third state title in a row. The Lady Packers, behind ninth-grader Elizabeth Funderburk’s 73, shot a 236 to finish seven shots back of Lambert.

Tift County turned in a 238 on its home course to finish third.

“I’ve been preaching all season for us to stay mentally strong,” Key said. “And that’s what we did.”

Funderburk improved on her Region 1-AAAAAA low medalist-winning 75 by two strokes to finish her remarkable freshman season. Sophomore Shelby Tidwell had an 81 and freshman Alexis Griner an 82.

“They had a bad hole here and there, but they didn’t let it bother them,” Key said.

Senior Allison Fagan shot an 87.

The Lady Packers finished the season by winning four straight tournaments before finishing second in the state tournament.

“I’m just so proud of them,” Key said. “They have improved so much this season.”

Tift was led by freshman Kaysie Harrelson, who had a 76, and Anna Greer, who shot 77.

Johns Creek was fourth at 239, followed by Mill Creek, 239, and South Forsyth 244.

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