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LaGrange hosts golf tournament at Highland Country Club

By Kevin Eckleberry

keckleberry@civitsamedia.com

LaGrange High’s Preston Pelham lines up a putt during Monday’s LaGrange Invitational that was held at Highland Country Club. Pelham shot an 84, which was his team’s best score. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_golf-pelham.jpgLaGrange High’s Preston Pelham lines up a putt during Monday’s LaGrange Invitational that was held at Highland Country Club. Pelham shot an 84, which was his team’s best score. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
LaGrange’s Hudson Graham chips the ball onto the green during Monday’s LaGrange Invitational. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_golf-graham.jpgLaGrange’s Hudson Graham chips the ball onto the green during Monday’s LaGrange Invitational. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
LaGrange’s T.J. Ormsby follows through on his tee shot on the 10th hole. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_golf-ormsby.jpgLaGrange’s T.J. Ormsby follows through on his tee shot on the 10th hole. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

LAGRANGE – On a picture-perfect spring afternoon, it was the Northgate golf team taking top honors in the LaGrange Invitational at Highland Country Club on Monday.

Northgate posted a team score of 307 to finish six strokes ahead of the second-place finisher, Brookstone.

Brookstone’s Walker Hinds, who shot a 1-under par 71, was the individual low medalist.

LaGrange, the host team, had a team score of 372, with Preston Pelham leading the way with an 84.

Grant Smith shot a 95 for LaGrange, and he was followed by John Crawford (96), T.J. Ormsby (97), Hudson Graham (98) and Justin Edmondson (113).

“We struggled,” LaGrange coach Thomas Crocker said. “We knew it was a strong field. We knew there were some really good teams. Again, it’s our first tournament for most of our players. And it was windy conditions. We’ve just got to do a better job of finishing holes. We made so many mistakes around the green. But the kids are excited, and they’re working hard.”

Crocker said everything went smoothly with the 10-team tournament, and he gave a lot of credit for that to Highland Country Club head pro Todd Ormsby, as well as to the parents of the players.

“I wanted to really thank the members of Highland Country Club for letting us put on this tournament, and Todd Ormsby the head pro has just been a phenomenal help to our program, and for helping run this tournament,” Crocker said. “And the parents of my golfers, with all the work they put in helping this tournament run smooth, without them, we couldn’t do something like this, and that’s really big.”

TENNIS: LaGrange High’s boys’ and girls’ teams had no trouble with Carver on Monday.

In the girls’ match, LaGrange won 5-0, and Carver had to forfeit four of the matches.

In the only match that was contested, it was Kaylee Key and Lizzie Wilkerson winning 6-2, 6-0.

Euna Oh, Abigail Brock and Abbi Lynn Lanier won their singles matches by forfeit, as did the doubles team of Kinsleigh Stephens and Elise Lee.

On the boys’ side, LaGrange won 4-1.

Blade Kendall fell short at number one singles, but LaGrange won the other four matches.

Pierce Skinner and Tony Choi won at number two and number three singles, respectively, and the doubles teams of Jas Singh and Connor Mahan, and Jackson Kuerzi and Gavin Battle also won.

Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 or on Twitter @lagrangesports