The Long County Blue Tide golf teams failed to advance to the state championship when they played at the area competition on Monday, April 24. Despite failing to advance, both teams set school records.
The teams competed at the area meet at Crosswinds Golf Club in Pooler. Both teams set team records for total team scores at the competition, with the girls shooting a 362 and the boys shooting a 382.
Senior Trent Reddish and sophomore Rence Skipper led the boys with a 92 and 93 respectively. All of the boys averaged under 100 for the 18-hole event.
The boys will lose Reddish and fellow senior Bryant Bleyman to graduation this year. Head coach Patrick Eastlake had high praises for both players.
“Trent had a great year this year, improving his score every time he went out and competed,” Eastlake said. “He has grown a ton over the last three years and I am very proud of what kind of person he has become. Bryant has been one of the best players over the last three years. He was a silent leader and always led by example between the way he played and how he carried himself on the course. Both of those boys will be extremely missed.”
For the girls, junior Savannah Wells was the low medalist with a 106. All of the girls will return for the 2024 season.
Looking at the rankings for the girls side, five of the competitors are ranked in the top 10 in the state and two are nationally ranked.
The area the Blue Tide compete in includes four private schools: Savannah Country Day, Savannah Christian, Calvary Day, and St. Vincent’s Academy. The Tide outshot all of the public schools in the area.