Westover's Jerrell Hubbard shot an 80 at the GHSA Class AAA state golf tournament.
AUGUSTA — He felt so bad, he almost had to laugh.
That’s the way Westover’s Jerrell Hubbard handled a long, tough day on the golf course, Monday in Augusta, where he shot an 80 in the GHSA Class AAA state tournament.
Hubbard, who is Westover’s first region champ in nearly 20 years, had high hopes for his final state tournament, but he said nothing broke right for him.
“It was just bad breaks,’’ said Hubbard, who birdied four holes but ran into some nightmares on the course, including a couple of shots on No. 4 and No. 18 that literally ran away from him.
“My shot on 18 hit the back of the green and hit the cart path and then rolled into the woods,’’ Hubbard said. “I had to take a 6 on that hole. And on the par 3 (No. 4 hole) my shot hit the back of the green and rolled off and onto the cart path. I had to take a triple (bogey) on that hole.’’
It was a difficult day for just about everyone, because of the wind.
“It was a tough course, and it was windy,’’ Hubbard said. “I just had a bad day. I was hoping to at least break par. It was just bad luck. I hit some pretty good shots, but I was just getting bad breaks. If I had gotten some breaks I could have shot a 73 or lower.
“It was just a bad break. That’s golf,’’ he added with half a smile. “You win some, you lose some.’’
Westover’s team had a long day, too. Craig Jones shot a 95, Sterling Boles shot a 103 and Dalton Lattrell shot a 118 for the Patriots.
“The day was a great experience for them,’’ Westover golf coach Mitch Carthon said. “It is what it is, but this was a good learning experience. As the level of competition moves up, you move up. I was proud of their effort.’
He said it was just one of those days for Hubbard, who ran into such miserable luck at No. 4 and No. 18, but added that Hubbard hit some good shots as well.
“Jerrell had some folks looking at him,’’ Carthon said, referring to college recruiters. “They realize he has a lot of potential.’’
Early County had its best finish in years. The Bobcats shot a 352 to finish 11th in the Class AA state tournament.
“I was real pleased,’’ Early County coach Michael Allred said. “It was a long day on a long course, and we finished just outside the top 10. This is the best finish we’ve had in eight or nine years. I was happy where we finished.’’
Early County, which won the state title in 1995, was led by Rhodes Collier, who shot a 76. Cole Howard shot an 84, and Seth Taylor (95) and Hill Thomas (97) followed. Early’s Clara Beth Lightsey qualified as an individual for the tournament, but did not play.
Seminole County finished 10th in the Class A state tournament on a long day. But better days are ahead for the Indians, who lose only one senior, Hudson Hannah, who shot an 82 on Monday. Hannah was the Region 1-A runner up with a 73.
Tyler Shamblin, a junior who won the region with a 70, had a tough day and shot a 77 to lead Seminole. Russell King, a sophomore, shot an 85, and Grant Harrell, a sophomore, shot a 98.
Seminole finished with a 342.
“It wasn’t such a good day,’’ Seminole principal and golf coach Brinson Register said. “We normally have one score in the 70s and three in the 80s. Tyler was looking to shoot below par, but it’s a different course, a different day. It’s a tournament and there’s a lot more pressure.
“We have some young kids coming up,’’ said Register, who has two sons on the golf horizon. His oldest son Charles is a sophomore and his son Andrew is an eighth-grader who will play for Seminole next year.
“We also have a seventh-grader, Jacob Cunningham, who is a good golfer,’’ Register said. “So we have some good golfers coming up for us.’’
Miller County shot a 375 to finish 16th in the Class A tournament, but the Pirates are young. Their top two golfers are a freshman and a sophomore.
“We did all right,’’ Miller golf coach Jason Houston said. ‘I’ve got a bunch of young kids, who haven’t played much, but they got to play in the state tournament. I’m gad they got the chance to play.’’
Vance Bailey, a freshman, led the way with an 85, and Cody Cleveland, a sophomore, shot a 91. Adam Phillips shot a 95 and Robert Eldridge shot a 104. Lance Sheffield, a freshman, and Ris Bell, a sophomore, completed the six-man team. Miller also sent two girls — Ansley Johnson, and Michlynn Cobb, who are both sophomores — to the girls state tournament.
“Neither one of them had ever hit a golf ball until February,’’ Houston said.
Baconton Charter’s B. J. Classon and Seminole County’s Marie Sherrer qualified but did not play .