A year after finishing eighth in the Class 4A state golf tournament, the Cartersville boys climbed into the top-5 with a fourth-place finish in the 2019 edition with a two-day score of 598 at Country Club of Columbus.
The Canes followed up Monday's 297 with a 301 on Tuesday but still managed to move up one spot after Marist, which had been fourth, dropped to seventh. St. Pius X produced an eight-shot win over North Oconee with two-time defending champion Columbus, which also won the Class 5A crown in 2016, coming in third.
Cartersville finished 22 shots off the pace despite putting three individuals in the top-25. Sophomore Buck Brumlow, who finished second last year after the tournament was shortened to one day due to rain, shot two-over on Tuesday, winding up tied for fifth with a one-over 143.
Carson Harris and Camden Meadows ended up tied for 25th, finishing the tournament with a 153. Harris played better Tuesday, improving from a 78 to a 75. Meadows had a strong first round on Monday with a 74, but he was fourth on the Canes Tuesday with a 79.
Dalton Henson and Blane Davis each cut seven shots off their round Tuesday, dropping to 74 and 80, respectively, on Day 2. Henson wound up in a tie for 39th with a two-day 155. Davis, meanwhile, placed 68th with his 167.
Jake Lawson rounded out the Cartersville participants. He had the team's third-lowest score Monday with a 75 before wrapping up the tournament with an 82 Tuesday. All told, Lawson's 157 earned him a spot inside the top-45.
As expected, the Woodland girls came in 11th in the 5A championship at Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton. The Wildcats resided in that spot following the first day and even a 12-stroke improvement on Tuesday wasn't enough to break into the top-10.
Even still, the team's two-day score of 648 was encouraging, as was the fact that all four Woodland golfers improved their scores on Day 2.
Erin Evans (212, T-34th) and Elizabeth Nycum (213, 37th) nearly matched each other over the course of the tournament. Evans and Nycum each shot a 104 on Tuesday, bettering their opening-round score by four and five strokes, respectively.
Emily Nycum came in 44th, following a two-day total of 223. She improved by three shots from Monday to Tuesday, finishing the second day with a 110. Kaylee Jones dropped five strokes off her score after shooting 128 on Monday to place 47th.
At time of publication, results for Day 2 of the Class 3A girls state tournament, which included Adairsville, were not available.