The Thomson High Bulldogs finished third in the Region 3-AAA golf tournament recently held at the Waynesboro Country Club.
West Laurens captured the crown shooting a team score of 315, while Burke County finished runners-up with an overall score of 318. Thomson, meanwhile, shot a 323 team score.
Unfortunately, since the Bulldogs didn't finish at least runners-up, their season has now ended. Only the top two region teams get to advance to the state tournament.
In the region tournament, Thomson was led by sophomore Ethan Chamineak. He shot an impressive 3-over par 75 score to tie for second place in individual scoring. Chamineak shot a 38 on the front side and a 37 on the back side.
"Ethan had an outstanding round at region," Thomson Head Coach Chris Hodges said.
Other Thomson players finished with the following scores:
- Charlie Barmore, a sophomore, 80;
- Jay Bieltz, a junior, 81;
- Jason English, a sophomore, 87;
- Walker Barmore, a junior, 90; and
- Aaron Washington, a junior, 98.
Coach Hodges said this year's team goal was to advance into the state tournament.
"We came up just short," he lamented, "but I was really proud of the way our guys gave their best effort. This group has a lot of desire and they play with the intensity you look for in a quality team."
Already, Coach Hodges is hoping for big things a year from now since the entire team is returning for another season. He's also predicting "huge competition" among several of his players vying to land one of the six top spots on the team. Matt Stevenson, Justin Waller and Mitch Langham are among those golfers.
"We have set a high bar for next year and the boys are working hard to reach a championship-caliber level," Coach Hodges said.
The team will lose its only two seniors this season, Blake Allen and Patrick Stewart, to graduation.