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Golf: Lambert boys and girls lead county finishes at state tournaments

The Forsyth County spring high school sports season came to an end on Tuesday, with the last round of the Class 7A golf tournaments wrapping up. Lambert had the highest team finishes of among county teams, placing third overall in the girls tournament, at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton and fourth overall in the boys tourney, at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie. 

Both tournaments were affected by adverse weather conditions, and the boys tournament ended after one round due to wet course conditions on Tuesday. That left Lambert, who was six strokes back from first-place Mill Creek after the first round, unable to mount a comeback after an opening day that head coach Brooks Youngblood said was below the team's standards.

"It just didn't go well, for all of them," Youngblood said on Tuesday. "But they played hard, and they kept going at it."

West Forsyth finished fifth as a team, three strokes back from Lambert, and North Forsyth and South Forsyth tied for seventh, six strokes behind the Wolverines. West's Jason Quinlan was the highest overall finisher from the county, coming in third overall with a one-over-par 73. Lambert's Myles Jones came in fifth at two-over, and South's Blake Parkman and Lambert's Mitchell Taylor both came in eighth at three-over. 

In the girls tournament, Lambert's third-place finish put an end to the Longhorns' streak of state championships: They had won five in a row, the longest run of any county program. Lambert's total was significantly hurt by the disqualification on the first day of freshman Sharon Mun, who took a drop on an unplayable ball on the 14th hole. Officials qualified the drop as a rules violation, though, and removed Mun's round from the team's scores on the first day. The Longhorns stood 19 strokes behind first-place Mill Creek after the first round. 

The Longhorns made a strong charge on the second day, led by a one-under-par 71 from Kate Owens and a 75 from Mun, and their team score of 227 was the best round by any team in the tournament. They wound up three strokes behind first-place North Gwinnett, but Lambert head coach Chris Roy stayed upbeat about the result. 

"To have a team with the inexperience that we had, and where we were at the beginning of the year, (and) you tell me that we come in third, and we were honestly three shots off of first place?" Roy said. "That's pretty good."

South Forsyth finished fourth in the girls team standings, six shots behind Lambert. Owens was the top individual finisher from the county, coming in third at six-over-par, and War Eagles senior Kelly Strickland was fifth, at nine-over. 

Full results for each tournament can be found below.