Sequoyah participated in the AAAAAA Boys State Tournament at the Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville on Monday and Tuesday. It was the first State appearance for the Chiefs in more than 20 years, and Coach Jon Heath’s young team picked up some valuable experience as well as letting the other teams know that Creekview is not the only 6A team in Cherokee County with some top golfers.
A preseason team goal for the Chiefs was to make it to State, and once that was accomplished there were no other expectations. However, each of the six golfers set a goal to shoot better than his season average.
The lone senior on the 2017 team, Ryan Medlin had averaged 91 in 2016. For 2017 he improved to an 88, and he took it up to an even higher level at State shooting 86 on Monday and a career best 82 on his final high school competitive round.
The only junior on the course at State was number one man, Hunter Clay. Clay improved his 2016 average of 82 to a 77 this season. Clay bettered his average for the tournament with scores of 78 and 75.
Pushing Clay all season for number one was Sophomore Thomas Brumbeloe. He improved his 2016 average of 83 to 77 this year. Brumbeloe started hot on Monday with 9 straight pars and went 36-37 for a 73. Any hopes for an individual championship sank on Tuesday when he suffered a dreaded 9 on the front side to card a 44, but he snapped back scoring 2 under on the back nine for a 34. His two days scores of 73 and 78 also improved his average.
Sophomore Ryan Wakefield worked hard to improve his game since last season. He improved his average by 29 strokes in 2017 to be a solid contributor. His State scores of 86 and 91 brought down his average for the season.
Freshmen Joseph Trlica and Brock O’Conner also improved their season averages at State with scores of 90-95 for Trlica and 91-89 for O’Conner.
All five returning golfers will be working from now until next season to improve their games. There is no reason the 2018 Chiefs should not be better than this year’s team.