Devils win Floyd County Invitational
Cooper Greer wins a playoff for low medalist honors.
The Model boys’ golf team looked like a group that could contend for a state championship on the first day of the Floyd County Invitational. Not much changed on Day 2.
The Blue Devils completed a remarkable two-round performance Wednesday at Stonebridge Golf Club with four golfers shooting 77 or better and the team shooting a 306, more than 100 strokes better than their competition.
It was exactly the type of achievement Model wanted to have as the postseason gets close.
“It really helps to have kids that play golf all the time, and that’s what these kids do,” Model coach Todd Gilleland said. “They play as a team, and as long as they do that they are going to have good scores. I’m proud of them and I know we can carry this on.”
Cooper Greer and Jonathan Bryan each finished with 18hole scores of 76, and Greer won the individual title after three sudden death playoff holes. Teammates Cody Boazman and Grant Elliott finished just behind with each getting a 77.
Coosa’s Dawson Tate had the lowest score among the rest of the field with a 79, Pepperell’s Cody Ballard led his team with an 88 and DreQuan Cook paced Armuchee with a 96.
Neither Bryan nor Greer could get the upper hand as the duo went to a playoff, with both of them shooting 5 on their first two tries at the 10th hole. But with the stakes high, both golfers continued to encourage each other after every shot.
“It was just fun to watch them compete,” Gilleland said. “You could see Cooper was helping out on the green with Jonathan and vice versa. Both of them wanted each other to do well, and I thought it was just fun going back and forth.”
It wasn’t Greer’s best day on the course, shooting two shots
worse than he did on Tuesday and finding the water on the ninth hole.
On the first playoff hole, he missed an opportunity to win the tournament on a three-foot putt.
But the junior kept his composure
and sank a tough putt to send the playoff to another hole. After a good approach shot on the third try, he sank a birdie putt to win his second straight Floyd County individual title.
“It is like my dad always says, ‘Just keep your head down and your follow through short,’” Greer said. “After I pushed that first putt, I just told myself not to do it again.”
Model’s performance comes at the right time, with the Area 3-AA tournament at Fields Ferry Golf Club in Calhoun less than two weeks away and state soon after. The Blue Devils finished eighth at state last year with a score of 326.
For now, Gilleland can only ask that his team keep practicing, keep supporting each other and keep the same composure they displayed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Just keep your focus, don’t lose any kind of focus,” Gilleland said, “We know we can play well, and as long as we keep that focus we’ll be fine.”
Model’s Grant Elliott (left) watches Coosa’s Dawson Tate putt on the No. 5 green at Stonebridge on Wednesday during the Floyd County Invitational.
Model’s Cooper Greer makes a putt on the No. 10 green to win a playoff with teammate Jonathan Bryan at Stonebridge Golf Club on Wednesday during the second round of the Floyd County Invitational.