Although they didn't win a state golf title, the Lady Bulldogs of Thomson High School still managed to finish better than a year ago.
During the Class AAA State Golf Tournament played at Applewood Golf Course near Waynesboro on Monday, the Thomson team finished fourth - one spot better than last year.
Rebecca "Becca" Goldman, a senior, shot a 77 in her last prep golf performance. Teammate Grace Blackmon-Hughes, a sophomore, finished with an 88 - thus giving Thomson a team score of 165. Sara Blackmon-Hughes, a senior, meanwhile, shot a 97.
"I was pleased that we shot 21 shots better this year than last year at the state tournament," Thomson Head Coach John Barnett said in an email Tuesday.
He pointed out that the 165 team score turned in by the Thomson "was by far the lowest score a Thomson girls' team has ever shot at that level. We could have shaved a few strokes on a couple of holes, but every team there could say the same thing."
Coach Barnett explained that one thing that makes golf different from most other sports is that golfers can't counter with defense.
"There's nothing you can do to stop other teams or players from playing well," Coach Barnett said.
Franklin County managed to defend their state crown by winning the state tournament. The repeat champions shot a 152 team score. Woodward Academy finished runners-up with a 157, while Oconee County finished third.
The second place team shot 13 strokes better than they did in the recent region tournament.
"That normally doesn't happen, but their top two players both had great days," Coach Barnett said.
After finishing their rounds, the Lady Bulldogs were forced to sit through a rain-delay while the other teams finished up.
Coach Barnett said he was pleased with the playing conditions of Applewood.
"Applewood was in good shape," he said. "And the course played significantly longer than normal since this was a state tournament. That made the fairway bunkers and the water more of a factor, but it played the same for everyone."