Creekland Middle School won the Middle School Golf League Fall Season team competition. Members of the winning team included Ava and Mya Ali, Benjamin Stier, Thomas Teffner and Brandon Williams. Loganville Middle School was second and Five Forks third.
“We again culminated our season with the individual skills competition of our Drive, Chip and Putt Contest.” said League Director Les Witmer.
The overall winners of the Drive, Chip and Putt competition were Logan Wilson from McConnell Middle School for the girls and Logan Coffman for the boys from Five Forks Middle School.
“In addition to our weekly best ball team play and our individual skills competition we have a 9-hole invitational individual stroke tournament for the top juniors,” added Witmer. “We had two flights for the boys and girls, one from the forward red tees and one from the junior tees and this season’s winners included for red flight for first place Jackson McAleer from Loganville shooting 41 and from the junior tees Abe Allred from Five Forks Middle with 46. For the girls from the red tees Aiko Benford from McConnell Middle won with 42 and Mauri Robb from Bay Creek Middle won with 50.”
According to Witmer they had players participate this fall from Bay Creek, Couch, Creekland, Crews, Dacula, Five Forks, Hull, Lanier, Loganville, McConnell, Shiloh, North Gwinnett, Trickum and Youth Middle Schools.
“And we added Chimneys Golf Course in Winder to our six other golf courses that we played at including Bear Creek and Providence Golf Courses in Monroe, Country Club of Gwinnett in Snellville, Cedar Lake Golf Course in Loganville, Collins Hill Golf Course in Lawrenceville and Trophy Club of Apalachee in Dacula,” Witmer said. “And we held our orientation and clinic and our Drive, Chip and Putt Contest at Chimneys our new addition.”
According to Witmer the Most Improved Golfer Awards for the fall season were given to Ryker Hensley for Bay Creek, Devin Luu for Couch, Ava Ali for Creekland, Phoenix Guerzon for Crews, Cairo Kwayisi for Dacula, Dylan Coffman and Hunter Stansbury for Five Forks, Riley Green, Garrett Garbach and Vayda Schaumann for Loganville, Jack Bogos and Sawyer Roberts for McConnell, Kennedy Goodwin and Logan Nichols for Trickum and Alexander Woods for Youth Middle School.
“Our goal is to introduce golf to junior players, some brand new to the sport and some 8th graders who have played with us for six seasons since they were 6th graders,” added Witmer. “Our most improved player awards point out our goal of seeing the players not only learn the rules of golf, but to become more proficient at ball striking and putting.”
The Middle School Golf League is organized through the South Gwinnett Athletic Association and plays mainly on Sunday afternoons during both fall and spring seasons.
“We began our season again with a clinic for all, an extra on course clinic for new players to golf or the league in preparation for their team best ball play and a practice round to get everyone organized,” said Witmer. “Then four weeks of team best ball play and then we introduced them to stroke play where everyone got to play their own ball for an individual score, then the more experienced juniors participated in a 9-hole tournament, “added Witmer. “Our season culminates with a Drive, Chip and Putt competition.”
The 2022 Spring Season for the Middle School Golf League will begin in March and play through the end of June.