LaFayette High School golf coach Tom Langford thought for a moment that his team had seized control of the Georgia Region 7-AAAA championship Tuesday at Nob North Golf Course.
The feeling was fleeting as other scores poured in.
"There was a lot of stuff that went on today," he said. "It was an up-and-down day."
Yet his Ramblers ended on top.
LaFayette beat Pickens County in a sudden-death playoff starting on the par-5 16th hole, resulting in a state-tournament berth.
"You get so excited thinking that it's over and you've done it. Then you have to totally refocus," Langford said. "It's the first time I've been in a team playoff, and I really didn't know what to expect.
"But our guys couldn't wait to get back out there."
LaFayette won the playoff hole with a four-man team score of 1 under par with the two worst scores being dropped.
"Of our six guys, we had two bogeys and a birdie," Langford said: "That was good enough to win."
The contest for the individual medalist also came down to a playoff. It lasted three holes with Clay Wigington of Pickens County topping Ethan Hayes of Northwest Whitfield and Kurt Ingram of LaFayette.
The Region 6-A tournaments were held Tuesday at Battlefield Golf Club. Gordon Lee won the boys' title with a 309 and heads to the state tournament. Trion shot a 350 and advances to a sectional tournament on May 5.
Justin Hickman of Gordon Lee beat Trion's John Rollins and teammate Seth Lewis in a sudden-death playoff for medalist honors after each shot 2-over 74. Hickman won with a birdie.
Towns County won the girls' competition with a 188 for its two counting scores. Trion and Gordon Lee were third and fourth and get another chance at the state in a sectional.
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David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...