However, the Woodland girls golf team did not let a little rain spoil its bid to qualify for the sectionals as the Lady Wildcats finished second Tuesday in Villa Rica with a score of 314.
Makayla Knuchel, Lauren Paramore, Corrin Nix, Mallory Ketchum, Kalin Wilson and Megan Taylor were the members of the winning team.
“I felt like we played about as well as we could,” Woodland head coach John Howard said. “It was pouring down rain the whole day and we hadn’t played in the rain all year. Usually, when it starts raining one drop it gets cancelled so we had to deal with some unusual conditions.”
Because of the rain, all the girls’ scores were higher than usual. Still, Knuchel, just a sophomore, managed to shoot a 93 and was the low medalist for the region. It is the second consecutive year a Woodland player has been awarded as the low medalist and Knuchel finished second last year.
“She’s the leader of our team and she works constantly on her game,” Howard said of Knuchel. “She earned it. She’s worked extremely hard and put in a lot of work in practicing.”
According to GHSA rules, teams are required to have three players finish the tournament and the top three scores are totaled to determine the winner. Players must shoot a certain score on the front nine to continue and the team must shoot a score of no higher than 330 to qualify for sectionals.
Woodland and North Paulding were the only teams to qualify. North Paulding now has an automatic bid to the state tournament, while the Lady Wildcats will advance to the sectionals in Sharpsburg.
“It’ll be an unfamiliar golf course,” Howard said. “That’ll be one obstacle that we will have to overcome, and hopefully, we can shoot under that 330 and continue to advance to the state.”