Golf Teams Enjoy Early-Season Trip To Jekyll Island

Grant Campbell, Staff Writter

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On March 2 and 3, the GAC varsity boys and girls golf teams made the long drive to Jekyll Island, Georgia. Five boys, Liam Shinn, James Walton, Craig Oliver, Pierce Joglekar, and Will Skelton went to Pine Lakes Course in order to participate in the Johnny Paulk Invitational. Two girls, Eunice Park and Ansley Delaney, also made the trip to Indian Mounds Course to play in the Glynn County Ryder Cup.

When they arrived, they dove into lunch at a fantastic barbecue restaurant called Southern Soul BBQ before having a practice round. They managed to play about 12 holes to get some familiarity with the golf courses before they had their tournament. They also had time to see the beach when they were done with their practice round. The trip really helped the team bond as they spent their evening together and playing cards with each other. The trip really helped those who were able to attend establish a connection and make team chemistry.

The following day, when they had their 18-hole tournament, the team struggled through the warmer temperatures than they had been used to back home. They also had to deal with the exorbitant amount of gnats and insects that raid that part of Georgia. These inconveniences did not help the team play their best as a whole; however, Liam Shinn finished with an excellent round and a score of 72, even par. When the round was finished, they piled in the bus to make the six-hour drive back home.

Before they got home, the team stopped for a food break. They stopped at Zaxby’s to have a wonderful chicken dinner. They finally arrived back at the school at about 8:30. The team then parted ways as they went to their homes, only to get back to grind of school and practices. When senior Craig Lemont Oliver Jr., often referred to as Big Red, was asked about his trip to Jekyll, he said, “We played terrible, got eaten by gnats, and ate some good barbecue.”

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