Georgia Southern, Willow Lake and Southern Hills host state tournament for Class A Divisions I and II

Three courses will host the championship tournaments of the Class A Division I and II golf seasons and each will challenge the golfers in unique ways during Monday and Tuesday’s rounds.

The Division I boys will finish the season at Georgia Southern Golf Club in Statesboro, while the girls will play at Willow Lakes in Metter. Southern Hills in Hawkinsville will play host to the boys and girls Division II championship.

Georgia Southern Golf Club was designed by Arthur Davis in 1985 and plays 6,900 yards from the back tees. Robert C. Walker redesigned the course in 2013 and laid out the course which will test the Division I boys.

On the girls side of Division I, Willow Lake was designed in 1961 by Dan Lanier and Kennedy Dekle as a nine-hole course. The course was expanded in August of 1989 to the 18-hole layout seen today. Willow Lake plays 6,268 yards from the back tees and 4,788 from the ladies’ tees.

In Hawkinsville, Southern Hills features blisteringly fast greens kept to immaculate conditions. The championship course puts a premium on shot-placement and quality misses around the greens. Good luck if you are above the hole.

Out on the course, Prince Avenue’s boys are the defending champions in Class A Division I and are ranked No. 2 behind top-ranked Darlington. Mount Vernon, Mount Pisgah and St. Francis round out the boys top 5. On the girls side of Division I, Metter is the top-ranked team ahead of Tallulah Falls, Elbert County, Social Circle and Bleckley County. Darlington is the girls Division I defending champion.

Lake Oconee Academy is ranked atop Class A Division II’s boys standings and trying for the team’s fourth overall and fourth-consecutive championship. Christian Heritage, Georgia Military, Schley County and Seminole County fill the top 5.

On the girls side of Division II, top-ranked Lake Oconee has won every golf title since 2018, that’s five-straight, and are trying for a sixth. Christian Heritage, Georgia Military, Schley County and Seminole County fill the top 5.

Class A Division I Boys Top 10

1. Darlington

2. Prince Avenue Christian

3. Mount Vernon

4. Mount Pisgah

5. St. Francis

6. Elbert County

7. Whitefield Academy

8. Lamar County

9. Social Circle

10. Metter

Class A Division I Girls Top 10

1. Metter

2. Tallulah Falls

3. Elbert County

4. Social Circle

5. Bleckley County

6. Whitefield Academy

7. Trion

8. Heard County

9. Pepperell

Class A Division II Boys Top 10

1. Lake Oconee Academy

2. Christian Heritage

3. Georgia Military

4. Schley County

5. Seminole County

6. Hawkinsville

7. Charlton County

8. Echols County

9. Mt. Zion-Carroll

10. Taylor County

Class A Division II Girls Top 10

1. Seminole County

2. Charlton County

3. Echols County

4. Christian Heritage

5. Lanier County

6. Schley County

7. Taylor County

8. Baconton Charter

9. Manchester

10. Wilcox County

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