CANTON -- Nobody was catching Johns Creek, as the Gladiators shot a 20-under par 556 to claim their fourth straight Class AAAAAA boys golf championship Tuesday at Woodmont.
Johns Creek entered the day with a 10-stroke advantage and only expanded it, as Creekview had to settle for its third straight runner-up finish 26 shots back with a plus-6 182.
“We just ran into a buzzsaw,” Creekview coach Jimmy Thigpen said. “We shot 291 both days. I couldn’t be more proud of the guys. It’s the wrong place at the wrong time. I think we’re in the hunt, if not winning the thing in most classifications. Johns Creek is just an incredible program right now.”
It was the same story in the individual standing where Johns Creek golfers Andy Mao (132), Bruce Murphy (141) and Deven Patel (143) claimed the top three spots.
Creekview’s Josh Ledford also shot 143 to finish in a four-way tie for third. Jack Vajda (145) was alone in ninth, and Tyler Latimer got into the top 10 with a 147. Luke Ledford shot 152 to tie for 19th.
“We had a lot of young golfers step up,” Thigpen said. “It’s exciting to see what’s coming down the road. Maybe we can finally knock off Johns Creek in the next couple years. If you take them out of the mix, we have a couple guys in the hunt for low medalist. Hopefully this in not our last trip here, just the beginning of our own run.”
While Creekview could not contend with Johns Creek, it did finish 21 strokes better than third-place Gainesville (603).
Cambridge and Dalton tied in fourth with 607s, and Harrison beat out Lakeside Evans by one stroke for sixth with a 616.
“To have a shot at the top five in this field says a lot about the guys,” Harrison coach Dennis Attaway said. “Once again, we didn’t start out the way we wanted (Tuesday), but I liked how we finished. Our seniors have contributed so much for us this year, so we were pleased with how they played out here.”
Mike Leanos (151) finished in a tie for 15th to lead the Hoyas, while Logan Attaway (152) finished in a tie for 19th.
Glynn Academy (630) was eighth. Coffee (633) was ninth, and Sequoyah (643) rounded out the top 10.
“We were pretty happy,” Sequoyah coach Jon Heath said. “We liked how we shot (Monday). Conditions were a little bit tougher (Tuesday), but the guys handled them pretty well. We have two of our top three guys coming back next year, so hopefully, they can learn from this experience and be ready to take another run at it.”
Thomas Brumbeloe (152) led the Chiefs in a tie for 19th, ahead of teammates Garrett Armbrust (153) in a tie for 25th and Joseph Trlica (157) in a tie for 39th.
Pope (651) finished 12th, led by Jack Haller (155) in a tie for 35th and Carter Nelson (162) in a tie for 60th.
Playing as an individual, Allatoona’s Brenden Blomquist also shot 157 to finish 39th.