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Eastside sweeps Newton Cup
The Eastside boys golf team followed the girls team with its 10th consecutive Newton Cup victory. - photo by Matt Smith

The Eastside boys and girls golf teams capped off a Newton Cup sweep Tuesday afternoon at The Oaks Course, proving they’re the best in the county on the links.

The Eagles captured their 10th consecutive Newton Cup, holding off the charging Alcovy Tigers, while the Lady Eagles cruised to an 18-stroke victory.

Eastside boys coach Jay Cawthon said that his team played well despite fighting 25-mph winds.

“This was our 10th Newton Cup in a row and we were very happy to hold off Alcovy,” Cawthon said. “It’s always one of our goals to win the Cup and I was glad the guys were able to fight through some of the toughest conditions we’ve played against all year and get the win.”

The Eagles edged the Tigers 392 to 399, finishing just seven strokes ahead of Alcovy. Newton placed third overall the event.

Lady Eagles win

The Lady Eagles golf team captured the first of Eastside’s two titles, wrapping up their half of the Newton Cup event with an 18-stroke victory.

The Eastside team of Autumn Whiten, Sidney Roule, Alexis Allen and Brittany Medlin paced the Lady Eagles to a team total of 316, besting the Alcovy Lady Tigers’ score of 334.

Newton placed third with a 373.

“The conditions were challenging, but the girls played great,” Eastside girls coach Judy Smith said. “It has been a goal of ours all season to reclaim the Cup and with hard work and determination, we were able to do that.”

The Lady Eagles return to action Monday, April 21, for the Region 8-AAAA tournament.

Eagles qualify

The boys team will continue its season in the Georgia High School Association State 4-AAAA Golf Tournament May 19 at Augusta National after qualifying for the tournament on Wednesday.

Eastside earned its qualifying bid after taking home top honors at the Region 8-AAAA Tournament at Highland Walk Golf Course in Royston.

The Eagles shot a team total of 350 to qualify for the event, while the Eagles’ Quin Murphy earned Low Medalist honors with an individual round of 74.

“The guys shot an excellent round,” Cawthon said. “We knew we had to hit a certain number to qualify for states and they were able to hit that number. It was a tough, tough course and Quin led us with a 74 – seven shots better than any other golfer on the course. We grinded it out and now we’re able to go to states for the second year in a row.”

Murphy shot a 40 on the front nine at Highland Walk, but rallied with a 34 on the back nine.

Teammates Matt Mitchell, Tyler Dysart and Ryan Dial all finished within one shot of each other, posting rounds of 91, 92 and 93, respectively.