Melanie Boyd/ Times-Georgian
Afternoon showers didn't impede the Carrollton High School girls' golf team on Monday as it competed against the best on the state's largest stage.
Playing host to the Class AAAAA portion of the GHSA Golf State Championships presented by E-Z-Go at Oak Mountain Championship Golf Club, the Lady Trojans held their own in round one, shooting 306 as a team to finish eighth in the field after Day 1 of the tournament.
Starr's Mill currently sits on top of the leaderboard after shooting 240 as a team, followed by Veterans, which sits five strokes back at 245.
The Lady Trojans were led individually by Taylor Gray, who shot 94 on the day. Camryn Ramsey and Samantha Pope rounded out Carrollton's top three by shooting 105 and 107, respectively, while Abigail Duke finished round one with a score of 115.
On hand for the girls while head coach Kurt Hitzeman took care of the boys' tournament at Sunset Hills County Club, assistant coach Joel Gray was pleased with how his Lady Trojans came out the gate on Day 1.
"I think they played well," Gray said. "They were excited at the beginning and may have been a little rattled on the first couple of holes with being one of the first teams to tee off. But once they settled in, they played really well. The girls were comfortable on the course and the weather didn't affect them too much. It was overall a solid first round."
The Carrollton girls were able to maintain a thread of consistency as 306 is the exact score that won the the Area 4-AAAAA Tournament at Mirror Lake Golf and Country Club three weeks ago. The familiarity of playing at Oak Mountain was an element that certainly helped them relax in the first round.
"Oak Mountain has been great in letting us come out and prepare in these last three to four weeks and the girls felt good throughout the day," Gray said. "I'm sure everyone would've liked to take some strokes off their score, but at the end of the day, I think we'll end up exactly where we expected to be."
With each team having played a full 18 holes, officials could call the tournament and hand out awards based on Day 1 results should the forecasted rain this morning hinder round two from being played. If weather permits, Gray and his girls will hit the links bright and early where they hope a strong second round showing will move them even further up the leaderboard.
"We're not sure about the weather because it's looking like it'll be similar conditions as Monday," Gray said. "We're going to try to get girls going at 8 a.m. (today) with every team starting at the same time so they can get done a little bit earlier. Hopefully for our girls, they can continue to play like they have and finish strong."