LOA golfers receive all-state awards

By Justin Hubbard



When you win a state championship, you are bound to show up on the postseason all-state lists.

That’s the case for Lake Oconee Academy golfers Ryan Smith, Emma McCord and Katie Scheck. The trio each played a role in the school’s first-ever athletic state titles a couple of weeks ago during the Class A-Public state golf tournaments and, this past week, they received news they were selected to the Georgia High School Golf Coaches Association’s all-state teams.

Scheck, McCord and Smith were each named first-team all-state players. Scheck, a freshman, and McCord, a senior, won the team state title by shooting a combined 321 during the girls state meet, held at The Preserve course at Reynolds Lake Oconee. They beat out second-place Gordon Lee by 20 strokes.

During the 36-hole tournament, Scheck shot a total of 147, which netted her the individual state title. As such, she was also named this year’s Class A-Public girls golfer of the year.

“I am so proud of Katie,” said LOA golf coach Clay McElheny. “From her first varsity match this year, she has earned this honor. She plays beyond her age mentally and physically. She is a gifted athlete.”

While McCord and Scheck were dominating practically at home, Smith was in Commerce at Double Oaks Golf Club.

He was in fifth place after the first round but stormed back in round two by shooting a 67. Smith’s work forced a three-way tie for first, which earned him a co-low medalist award and state champion distinction.

The GHSGCA awarded Smith its boys player of the year award following his state tournament triumph.

“Ryan definitely earned this honor with his tournament play,” McElheny said. “Last year was a little of a letdown and to see him bounce back this year is a testament to all the hard work Ryan puts into his craft.”

McCord was recently among LOA’s first-ever graduating class. Scheck and Smith, a rising junior, however, will return to the Titans golf program next year.

McElheny said he thinks this year’s success will set the table for great things in the future.

“I expect big things moving forward with these two excellent golfers,” he said. “And I am sure more honors will come in their high school careers.”

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