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Lambert boys, girls golf teams sweep region titles
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Lambert's boys golf team shot a school-record 282 to win the Region 6-AAAAAA championship. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Lambert's girls and boys golf teams took top honors at their respective region championships, held Tuesday at Crystal Falls Lake and Golf Club in Dawsonville.

Both teams broke school records as the girls had three players combine for a score of 212, while the boys tallied four players to a total of 282.

For the girls, it was their sixth straight region title.

Junior Lauren Lightfritz shot a 3-under 69 to tie with Janet Mao from John's Creek for the top score in the match, but fell in a three-hole playoff. Fellow junior Kayley Marschke shot a 71, while sophomore Christine McDonald shot a 74 and freshman Kate Owen made herself known with an even round of 72.

Rain from the previous few days dampened the course slightly, but Lambert's girl's coach Joel Posey said the weather not only could not have been more perfect, but that it likely wouldn't have mattered.

He said his girls were ready to play.

“Region is really the time of the year for the girls to prove themselves,” Posey said. “The conditions were a bit soggy, but the girls were flat out ready to play, regardless of the conditions.”

“They had a fun time and enjoyed themselves,” Posey said. Posey was also impressed with and expects big things from Owen, who made her region tournament debut.

“I expect big things from her,” he said. “She was composed the whole time.”

South Forsyth placed second with a combined score of 238 and will advance to sectionals to determine their qualification status for the state championships.

For the boys, nobody had a better day than Lambert's Brett Barron, who finished the day with a 5-under 67. Campbell Fisher and Jake Fendt each shot 71, while Brennan Bagdonovich shot a 73. At one point, the Longhorns were 16-under as a team and on pace to break the state score record of 277 held by Glynn Academy. All four players were named to the all-region team.

“They did fantastic,” Lambert boy's coach Brian Jakaitis said. “We shot the lowest score in program history, so what more could you ask for? The play speaks for itself.”

West's Robert Shaw continued his success by finishing third in individual scoring with a 2-under 70, while Connor Pollman, Austin Jaynes and Connor Ferri shot 76, 77, and 78, respectively, to lead the Wolverines to a third-place finish with a score of 301, good enough for a trip to the state tournament.

North’s Joe Dunphy shot a 75 to become the first boy golfer in school history to qualify for the state tournament.

For Lambert, three more tournaments stand between region and state play. Two of those events were rescheduled from postponed play earlier in the season.

Jakaitis thinks keeping his guys swinging off the tees in the next month will benefit them heading into the state championship, which begins May 18.