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LOA golf teams sweep state championships

May 28, 2021 - 00:00
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    Drew Williams gets out the bunker. TERRY MASSEY/Contributed
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    Tyler Urrutia follows through with his swing during the LOA state championship run. TERRY MASSEY/Contributed
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    Rylan Black was the boy’s low medalist, helping secure the state title. TERRY MASSEY/Contributed
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    Georgia Bosart said, “It was so much fun because I have never had a team environment for playing golf.” TERRY MASSEY/Contributed
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    LOA golfer Katie Scheck lines up for a shot last week in the GHSA Class A-Public state championship. TERRY MASSEY/Contributed
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    Colby Bennett advances toward the green at the The National Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee. TERRY MASSEY/Contributed
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    Rhett Smith keeps an eye on the ball after a drive at The National Course. TERRY MASSEY/Contributed

Lake Oconee Academy hosted the GHSA A-Public Golf state championships at The National Course at Reynolds-Lake Oconee last week.

Both the LOA boys and girls teams swept the state championship last week by winning all four titles.

LOA junior Rylan Black was the boy’s low medalist, while senior Kate Scheck was the girl’s low medalist. Black shot 73 and 68, respectively. Meanwhile, Scheck shot a 73 during her first round, and added a 72 through the final 18 holes of the tournament. Both programs won the team state championships, too.

“It was a big relief,” Black told the Lake Oconee News. “I mean, I had worked hard going into it. So, I haven’t been playing well, but it was great to play well.”

Black, who is a junior, is also excited to return for his senior season at Lake Oconee Academy and said the expectations are high for 2022.

This season was the first time that the Titans have captured a state title in golf.

“We, as a team, definitely would like to do the same thing next year,” Black added.

Meanwhile, the Lady Titans have captured their third state title in four years, which is an incredible feat considering how long the school has been open.

“It was an unbelievable experience getting to play with an actual team, especially because in 2019, I played with my sister (Kelli),” Scheck said. “But, it was nice that we actually had a team this year. It was so much fun getting to win the third state championship again, in a row. And, to do it as a team and individually, undefeated, it was incredible.”

She will be attending Penn State University in the fall on a golf scholarship and she said last week’s state championship victory was bittersweet.

“Definitely, the emotions were really elevated and heightened about everything,” Scheck added. “I was like, ‘this is it. This is the last putt I am ever going to make wearing the LOA uniform again.’ I am probably never going to be on the same team again as my sister and with the other girls. So, it was a great ‘goodbye’ to high school golf.”

The Lady Titans had four golfers this season, including Kelli Scheck, Willa Kent and Georgia Bosart.

Kelli said that it was great to add another state title to the trophy case, but next year is going to be different without Katie.

“Oh my gosh, it was great,” Kelli said about the 2021 season. “We got to win it, so it was great because my sister is a senior. So, I know that felt good for her, and I was actually glad to be a part of a team this year. Not that I don’t love playing with Katie, but it was great playing with a team. So, I am just really proud of how we all kid.”

Bosart added that winning a championship during her freshman year will set the bar for the years to come.

“It was so much fun because I have never had a team environment for playing golf,” she said. “...I am really going to miss Katie (Scheck) next year, but we have so many great players, especially in my grade, too. I am so excited for the next three years at LOA.”

Kent said that is her first time playing on a team while playing golf.

“I’ve never played it as a team sport, but playing through COVID, we made it work,” she said. “It was really fun to kind of experiment and be with the team. We had a really good time being out there with everybody.”

Kent explained that she is elated that more girls will be coming out for next year’s team.

“Next year, we will have a bigger team,” Kent said. “But, I’ve had a lot of girls come to me already and say they want to join the team.”