The Lady Tigers were up against the rain and North Murray, a team that finished fourth in Class AAA in 2013.
However, led by Courtney Cochran’s low score of 81, Adairsville won the region with a combined score of 284, out-shooting second place North Murray by 31 strokes at the Elks Lodge in Calhoun Monday.
“I couldn’t be prouder,” Adairsville girls golf coach Jo Fassnacht said. “It was a tough day. It rained the second nine for about two hours. They all hung tough and it would have been easy to kind of quit on a round there, but they all stuck to it and gave it their best, so I was very, very proud. Some of the high scores were due to the rain. Although, our score, I think, really reflected the commitment of the players.”
Cochran, a junior, was the low medalist while junior Tanera Johnson shot a 99 and freshman Keighley Hudziak shot a score of 104 to give Adairsville the region title.
“It was a convincing victory for sure. The three golfers that submitted the scores are good athletes and very naturally talented golfers, so I expected to contend, but the region was tough,” Fassnacht said. “It was very good for Courtney. She had shot that low in matches before, but never in one of the region tournaments. She’s played two other region tournaments. It was very good for her. It was good for both the other players. They are very solid players and that’s their range.”
Adairsville is 6-1 this season.
“It is the best team I’ve had,” Fassnacht, who has been the coach for three years, said. “You never know quite what to expect, but they’ve really surpassed my expectations. They’ve done very well.”
The Lady Tigers are now headed to the state tournament on Saturday. Cochran, Johnson and Hudziak will compete alongside Harleigh Chambers.
Cochran shot the low score in the region last season, qualifying for the state tournament in 2013.
“Courtney is a very dedicated golfer,” Fassnacht said. “She works very hard at it. She plays regularly. She is just a very talented girl. A golfer like Courtney doesn’t come along every day.”
Fassnacht believes his girls can compete with any team in Class AAA.
“You dont take anything for granted. I’m just going to wait an see how it goes,” Fassnacht said of his expectations heading into the state tournament. “I want the girls to have fun and I know the girls are going to be real excited to go there as a team. I’m going to be thrilled for them to be there as a team.
“I’m not going to say that I have expectations, but I would like to see them contend.”