The 80 participants in the 2023 DeKalb County Golf Championships battled wind and rain on April 13, while the Chamblee Lady Bulldogs and Dunwoody Wildcats earned repeats as champions at Mystery Valley Golf Club in Stone Mountain.
Rain ended the match before players could finish all 18 holes in the girls’ championship. Based on a nine-hole scoring, Chamblee upended Dunwoody 160-166 with Lakeside following in third at 175.
A new girls’ champion was crowned as Catherine Hanson from Chamblee shot a round of 48 to win by four strokes. Chamblee teammate Sophie Li shot a 52 in 2023 after claiming the title in 2022.
Second-place Dunwoody had three players in the top five led by sophomores Amelia Mutert with 53, Cora Webster’s 56, and senior Lauren Garber with 57.
Lakeside’s Laney Jackson, a junior, tied Garber with 57. Lakeside’s Piper Brown finished at 58.
The boys’ championship went to Dunwoody with a score of 157-168 over Lakeside, followed in order by Druid Hills (182), Chamblee (183) and Southwest DeKalb (206).
Dunwoody has won 13 of the last 14 championships while tying Arabia Mountain in the 2014 championship.
The Wildcats carded the top three scores and four of the five. The Wildcats were led by junior Bradley Stone who shot a 76 with impressive nine-hole scores of 37 and 39. Stone defeated senior teammate and defending champion Braeden Rice – who finished with an 81 to take second.
Dunwoody senior Caden Smith tied with Lakeside junior Aidan Tuttle as both shot an 83. Tuttle shot a 39 in the rain on the back nine.
Junior Joey Wirka rounded out the Wildcat scoring with his 84.
Lakeside’s Ross Raudebaugh shot an 85 total, including a 38 on the front nine. Southwest DeKalb’s Ethan Quitman finished with an 86.
The inaugural skills challenge competition took place during the tournament with 24 participants testing their skills in four parts of the game.
Martin Luther King’s Kaitlan Powell outperformed the field scoring a total of 160 points in the four events – including tying for first with Columbia’s Sakhari Mathews in the short game competition with 90 points. Powell also tied for first with Claire Unokesan of Clarkston and Dutch Clarke of Chamblee in the chipping event as all scored five points.
Chrisicia Strose of Martin Luther King came in second overall, allowing Mathews and Seitonio Maxey of Columbia to tie for second with 150 points. Walter Sledge of Druid Hills and Elias Burns of Lakeside tied for third with 145 points each.
There was a three-way tie in the putting competition between Glodie Motembo of Martin Luther King, Mizeyah Stubbs of Stephenson, and Talia Dixon of Arabia Mountain as each put up 50 points in the event.
Chamblee’s Mason Weiss brought home the driving championship with a score of 70 points.