LHS golfers finish second

By Kevin Eckleberry

May 5, 2014

The LaGrange High golf team needed to finish among the top eight teams at a state sectional in Columbus to make it through to the state finals.

The Grangers accomplished that with plenty of room to spare.

The Grangers posted a team score of 317, which was good enough for second place, six strokes behind Dalton.

LaGrange has qualified for the 16-team state finals that will be held in Augusta on May 19-20.

The top eight finishers on the first day will make it through to the second day.

P.T. Alford and Lee Thornton each shot a 77 on Monday to pace the Grangers.

Devin Bray was next for LaGrange with an 80, and Jonathan Pelham and Justin Gordon each carded an 83.

The top four scores counted toward the team total.

The Grangers have had a terrific season that included a second-place finish in the Region 5-AAAA tournament.

LaGrange won its own Granger Invitational, and finished fifth in the Trojan Invitational.

“We’ve won every dual match, and we’ve placed well in all the tournaments,” LaGrange coach David Pleasants said. “We’ve had a solid team all year long.”

In the state finals, Pleasants said defending state champion Marist will be the favorite, and Columbus could also compete for the title.

After those two teams, Pleasants said there are “about eight of us that are about all the same. It’ll be interesting to see how the top 10 finishes.”