MOULTRIE — Aaron Elrod’s first hole in one was just part of the Colquitt County High golf team’s excellent back nine play that led to its 10-shot victory in Saturday’s Knuck McCrary Packer Invitational at Sunset Country Club.

But it was a big part.

The Packers top four players combined to shoot a 4-over par over the last nine holes to finish with a 294 and win their own tournament for just the second time in its 12-year history.

Ware County, riding low medalist Corey Ranew’s 67, came in second with a 304. Tift County was two shots back of the Gators at 306.

The 294 comes on the heels of the 289 the Packers shot to win the Trojan Invitational at Grand Island Club in Albany last Monday.

The Packers were on course for a 308 at the break, but Elrod and freshman Clarke Hendrick each had shot a 2-under 34 on the back nine and Josh Dale had a 35. Matt Smith had a 37.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am,” Colquitt County golf coach Donald Dale said. “We needed to play better on the back nine and we did.

“We were in trouble at the turn. If we double those (first nine) numbers, we don’t win.”

Elrod led the Packers with a 38-34 for an even par 72.

Smith, Hendrick and Josh Dale each had a 74.

Hendrick bounced back from a 40 on the front nine, where Dale had 39, Elrod a 38 and Smith a 37.

Elrod, of course, was helped by the ace on No. 16. He used a 8-iron for his first-ever hole in one.

“It was the highlight of my career,” the junior left-hander said.

Dusty Campbell shot a 41-41—82 for the Packers.

The three other Packers who played earlier in the day were Ian Hester, who had a 79; A.J. Hood, who had an 84; and Andrew Kistler, who carded an 89.

Hester had an interesting round.

After shooting 43 on the front nine, he was 5-under par on the back nine heading into the final three holes when he went double-bogey, bogey, double-bogey.

Colquitt County and Tift County distanced themselves from the rest of the Region 1-AAAAA teams.

Coffee shot a 321; Lowndes, a 333; Houston County, a 336; and Valdosta, a 340.

The Region 1-AAAAA tournament will be played on April 24 at Sunset Country Club.

The Packers will travel to Vidalia next weekend to compete in the Indian Invitational.

The complete field included Calhoun and Northwest Whitfield tied for fourth at 310; Vidalia, Warner Robins and West Laurens, 311; Columbus and McIntosh, 318; Coffee, 321; Dalton, 324; two-time defending champion Savannah Christian, 327; White County, Lowndes and Lee County, 333; Union Grove, 334; Houston County, 336; Valdosta and Brookstone, 340; Thomas County Central, 341; Camden County, 351; North Oconee, 353; Shaw, 355; Worth County, 357; Hardaway, 360; Bainbridge, 367; and Brunswick, 378.

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