Gordon Lee's Justin Hickman used a birdie on the next-to-last hole to shoot a 1-over par 37 and take low medalist honors by a single stroke at the North Georgia Athletic Conference golf tournament at the LaFayette Golf Course on Friday.
However, LaFayette's consistency allowed them to cruise to the boys' team title. Matthew Ingram finished one stroke back with a 2-over 38, while teammates Ethan Dendy, Zac Darden, and Gage Smith each turned in a 40 for a team score of 158. Cole Ingram, who eagled the par-5 fourth hole, and Grant Blaschke carded a 41 and a 52, respectively, for the Ramblers.
The team tournament championship added to an undefeated season for the NGAC regular-season champion Ramblers.
Gordon Lee finished in second place with a team score of 188 as Grey Weldon added a 45, Logan Hill carded a 52, and Justin McCarty finished with a 54. Cameron James (58) and Peyton Vowell (63) also competed for the Trojans.
Hickman started his day on the par-5 fourth hole, nearly holing a chip for birdie. It was the first five straight pars for the seventh grader, including a nice up-and-down from just off the green at the par-3 sixth hole.
His only trouble spot of the day came at the par-4 ninth hole when an errant second shot led to a double bogey, but his play on the par-4 second hole eventually gave him the title.
After a solid tee shot, he put his second shot to the back-right corner of the green, some 30 feet from the cup. The long birdie putt then dropped in the center of the cup as Hickman pumped his fist in celebration.
He then navigated one last trouble spot on the par-4 third hole, using an excellent chip on his third shot for a tap-in par and the eventual win.
Heritage was third with a 201, led by Wheeler Owens' 45. Ben Rebne and Patrick Redman each carded a 51 and Josh Graves added a 54 to fill out the team score. Cole Ryan (57) and Drennan Harrington (58) also played for the Generals.
Fourth-place Ringgold (218) was paced by Aaron Touchstone's 47. Drake Rosston (56), Coleman Saucer (59), and Nick Laboda (63) rounded out the Tigers' team total.
Chattanooga Valley (242) was fifth behind B.B. Gravitt's 58. Mitchell Thomas (60), Patrick Alford (62) and Ben Levin (62) completed the score for the Eagles while Kylie Mason (63) also played for the Valley.
Lakeview and Rossville did not have enough players to qualify for the team title.
The Warriors got a 58 from Shawn Crawford, a 60 from Kade Avans, and a 62 from Matt Burt. The Bulldogs got 62's from Jonathan Thompson and Kody Hyde, and a 63 from Tanner Alexander.
In the girls' tournament, Heritage's Emma Brown was the only player to break 50, shooting a very respectable nine-hole score of 48 to earn low medalist honors. Teammate Annie Jones added a 58 to give the Lady Generals the team title with a score of 106.
LaFayette (114) was second as McKinley Langford and Rebecca Benson each had a score of 57.
Ringgold (125) was third behind Kate Baily's 62 and Sydney Quinn's 63.