The GHSA 4-A State Golf Tournament was held on Monday and Tuesday at Innsbruck Golf Club in Helen Ga. with ladies from all reaches of the state vying to be crowned Champion. Locally, Kathryn Densmore from Pickens Co. High School laced up her golf shoes and took to the links for her shot at the top spot. Densmore , returning to State competition for her third consecutive year finished with the low score in area to earn the bid to the dance.
On a course that has seen it’s share of rainy weather over the last few days, Innsbruck proved to play very tough for all the competitors. Two athletes familiar with the course from it being their home venue, normally have scores in the upper 60’s. On Monday, the first day, these ladies had scores in the mid to upper 70’s. Densmore in a tough round of her own, put up a round of 84 thus leaving her in 12th place at the end of day one. Day two had Kathryn set with an 8:oo AM tee time and forecasted rain all day, She walked to the tee box with high hopes and smiles. Putting day one behind her, Densmore Drove the ball down the fairway and round 2 was underway. Early frustration sat in as the trees and a disgruntled mother of her grouping partner seemed to get her out of sorts for the first few holes of day 2. The Pickens golfer started to find her stroke and picked up several pars to get back in the game.
On hole #9 Mother Nature reared her ugly side with a flash of lightening to force a delay in play. The GHSA rule is that with each strike of lightening, play must be delayed for 30 minutes. About 20 minutes into the stopage, the GHSA officials met with the coaches from each high school and it was decided to suspend play. With not every athlete finishing half of the 18 hole course, the final results for the tournament were decided from the day 1 scores.
Pickens County Dragon Kathryn Densmore came home with a 12th place finish. Heads held high and smiles all around, both coaches and Densmore were okay with her performance and will start working now to get back next year.