• Shown following the Red Terror Ryder Cup event in Brunswick are, from left, Kenzie Benson, Rachel Brock, Caroline Craig, Catie Craig, Erin Dorsey, Eliza Jane Glover and Naomi Crumley. Not shown is Sarah Berry. (Photo/WCHS Golf)

Craig, Dorsey win Red Terror event

The 2019 high school golf season couldn't have started much better for the White County Lady Warriors' squad.

The WCHS contingent took top honors at the Red Terror Ryder Cup event last weekend in Jekyll Island. The event, hosted by Glynn Academy, featured teams from all over the state competing in a two-player, best ball format.

White County's Catie Craig, the 2018 Class AAAA state champion, and Erin Dorsey teamed up to win the tournament with a round of 64, while the tandem of Caroline Craig, the 2017 state champion and a University of Georgia signee, and Rachel Brock finished in a tie for fifth place with a round of 67.

“I'm really pleased with the way all of the girls played,” WCHS head coach Darrell Dorsey said. “It was a really strong field. Woodward Academy is the defending 4A state champions, and Camden County, Valdosta and Glynn Academy are always good, and Pierce County put up some low scores too.”

Catie Craig and Dorsey's round of 64 was one stroke better than duos from Woodward Academy and Valdosta. Pierce County was fourth at 66, with Caroline Craig and Brock posting a 67 to tie with groups from Woodward Academy, Metter and Lowndes County.

Naomi Crumley and Eliza Jane Glover finished  fourth out of 21 teams in Flight B, while the team of Kenzie Benson and Sarah Barry also played in the second flight.

“Erin and Catie won the A flight and they played excellent,” Dorsey said. “Caroline and Rachel played really great too. Naomi and Eliza Jane finished fourth in the B Flight out of 21 teams, so I'm proud of the way they played. It was the first  varsity event for Kenzie and Sarah, so it was good for them to get a chance to play in a big event. Overall, it was a very good tournament for us.”

The Lady Warriors get a chance to play on their home course this weekend, hosting the 12th annual Spring Swing Saturday at Mossy Creek Golf Course.

This year's event features 16 teams, with play beginning at 9 a.m. Among the team competing in the tournament are Gainesville, Buford, Allatoona, North Forsyth, North Paulding, Harrison, Stephens County, Habersham Central, Fannin County and Pickens County.

“Gainesville and Buford are traditionally very good, and there are some other good teams in the field,” Dorsey said. “The number of teams is down a little bit this year, but we feel like it's a strong field, and we gdefinitely want to play well in our own tournament.”

On Friday, WCHS will host a junior varsity event leading up to Saturday's main event. The JV tournament started in 2017, and this year 12 teams will compete in a nine-hole event at Mossy Creek.

“This is a great opportunity for the younger girls to get on the course and play in a competitive situation,” Dorsey said.

Warriors post Top 10 finish

The Warriors also made the long trip to the Georgia Coast last weekend, competing in the Johnny Paulk Invitational in Jekyll Island.

The Warriors posted a team total of 360 to finish ninth among  21 teams.

Richmond Academy won the event with a 290 team total, with Frederica Academy finishing second at 298

The Warriors were led by sophomore Jacob Adams with a round of 79. Daniel Rowland was next at 92, followed by Tyler Anderson (93), Joe West (96), and Jackson Rowland (99).

The Warriors head to the Apple Mountain Invitational in Hollywood this weekend, before hosting the Warrior Invitational on Saturday, March 23, at Mossy Creek Golf Course.





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