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Boys Golf Finishes as 2016 GHSA Class-A Private Runners-Up, Girls Take Fourth

AUGUSTA, Ga. – FPD’s only boys golf state championship game back in 1979 when the school was a member of the GISA. It was the first state title in school history.

Thirty-seven years later, the Vikings had a chance to add another golf title at the 2016 GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament at Forest Hills Golf Club.

But FPD fell just short to the Brookstone School Cougars, 292-302, to finish Runners-Up.

“To say that I am proud of our guys is definitely an understatement,” FPD head coach Charley Chase said. “To finish second in the state is a real accomplishment and our guys gave it everything they had out there today. Hats off to Brookstone. They have a great team and showed it all day.”

The Vikings were led by two 75’s (+3) of Wesley Hanson and Chris Adams. Wilson Andress and Charles Stroud signed their scorecards at a 4-over 76.

“We came close at Area earlier this season and our guys went out and won Sectionals to ensure we had a chance to compete at State,” Chase said. “As a coach, I love their competitiveness and willingness to never give up. We beat some of the Area Champions that were here today at state. I know our guys wanted first, but overall it was a great day.”

All six Vikings actually carded rounds in the 70’s.

Jay Spivey totaled 77 while Alex Odom finished with a 78.

“I thought we got good play overall today from our guys, but in the end Brookstone was the better team,” Chase said. “There’s no shame in finishing second in state amongst all Class-A Private schools.”

The Cougars were led by the 1-under of Walker Hinds. Evans Copeland shot a 73 (+1) and William Reaves and Frank Waldrep totaled 74 (+2).

Mt. Paran took third on the day with a team score of 304 led by the 2-under of Jake McWhorter. Fourth place went to Prince Avenue (308) while Strong Rock Christian finished fifth at 313.

Rounding out the final eight scores was Stratford Academy in sixth (315), Athens Academy in seventh (321) and North Cobb Christian in eighth (328).

In the girls tournament, the Lady Vikings finished fourth of seven teams in their first trip to the State Tournament with a team score of 180.

Cassidy Pearson paced FPD with an 87 and Bailey Good finished with a 93.

Galloway took the overall title (162), followed by Mt. Pisgah in second (171) and Stratford Academy in third (175).  Our Lady of Mercy was fifth (200), Tallulah Falls was sixth (214), anf Eagles Landing Christian rounded out the scoring in seventh (220).

“I’m so proud of our girls,” Chase said. “Cassidy, Bailey, Wimberly (Thigpin) and Rachel (Jones) all stuck together as a team all season long, worked on getting better and they are building a bright future for Lady Viking golf.”

The conclusion of the 2016 GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament brings an end to careers for three seniors: Chris Adams and Charles Stroud for the varsity boys and Bailey Good for the varsity girls.

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2016 for their hard work and dedication to the golf program throughout their high school years. We wish you God’s richest blessings in your lives!

“We had a great season,” Chase said. “We honored the Lord, honored FPD and had fun doing it. As a coach, that’s fun to see.”

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates on the varsity golf program in the off-season.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

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