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Season Recap: Golf


The Tallulah Falls golf programs excelled in 2024, culminating with historic finishes at the GHSA State Championships. Both the girls and boys teams capped off their seasons with top-10 finishes at state.

The Lady Indians' regular season featured three match-play wins, and TFS won the Area Championship for the first time since 2021 and fifth in team history. Junior Mallory Higgins, who was a 6-time low medalist throughout the entire year, had an 85 at Arrowhead State Park in Elberton to claim individual Area Champion honors. Juniors Raegan Duncan, Madeline Martin, and Lily Turpin came in 4th, 7th, and 15th, respectively at the Area Championship.

Moving on to state, the Lady Indians came up with a 4th-place finish at Willow Lakes in Metter. Higgins was the team low medalist, placing 6th overall. Martin was 15th, Duncan 24th, and Turpin 42nd. The 4th-place finish for the team bested last year's 5th-place showing and was the best since the State Runner-Up 2021 team. Higgins had four 9-hole rounds under 40 in the regular season, including a season-best 37 at the Valhalla Cup.

For the Indians, this was the most successful year in team history. After making state for the first time as a complete team last year and coming in 11th, the boys moved up this time around with an 8th-place finish. The regular season featured a few match-play wins for TFS, while freshman Ryder Cantrell earned three low medalist finishes and sophomore Rylee Smith had one.

TFS needed a playoff hole in the Area Tournament to place 3rd, securing a second straight state bid. In that Area Championship, junior Will Greene came in 11th. Smith was 13th, sophomore Tate Turpin was 15th. Cantrell and sophomores Jack Thomson and Hunter Bell all came in the top-20 as well.

In the State Championship at Georgia Southern in Statesboro, the Indians came in 8th behind a 34th-place finish individually by Turpin. Greene came in 40th, Smith 45th, Cantrell 52nd, Thomson 58th, and Bell 61st.

Neither team had any seniors in 2024, so the future remains bright for the program with a load of talent returning.



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