This was the year the GHSA was supposed to go to a 36-hole championship tournament.
Mother Nature had other plans for some of the GHSA classifications. And those plans suited the FPD boys quite fine.
With Tuesday’s second and final round of the Class 1A private school championship washed out in Columbus, first-round leader FPD claimed victory, with its 5-over-par 289 score nine shots better than Brookstone.
Luke Dasher’s second-place score of 1-under 70 paced the Vikings. Wilson Andress (tie for fifth), Wesley Hanson (tie for eighth) and Jay Spivey (tie for 12th) all finished within six shots of medalist Robert Howard of North Cobb Christian.
The team title is the first for a GHSA member from Middle Georgia since Perry won the Class 2A title in 1995.
Rain wasn’t in the picture in Blackshear, where Rutland’s Carol Pyon wrapped up her second straight Class 3A girls title with a strong final 18 holes, punctuating her effort with a hole-in-one on the 17th hole.
Pyon was the only player to match par in either round of the Class 3A competition, doing so Tuesday with an even-par 72. She finished at 2-over 74, eight shots better than Murray County’s Tori Owens and Calhoun’s Kate Mashburn.
Eujin Pyon, Carol’s younger sister, finished fourth at 9-over 162.
Also playing Tuesday was Class 5A, where the Veterans girls recorded a second-place finish, finishing 21 shots behind Starr’s Mill.
The Warhawks’ Hailey Buzzell finished seventh in Class 5A, with teammate Alyssa Julien taking 10th.
Rainouts, however, were common in other classifications.
In Class 1A private girls play, Stratford finished fifth after the second round was washed out. The Eagles’ Josie Coleman finished in a tie for third individually at 12-over 83.
Class 1A public school competition in Warner Robins also was washed out Tuesday. Hawkinsville’s boys finished third, with Hunter Dokey winding up in a six-way tie for fifth individually.
Also washed out Tuesday was the second round of Class 2A girls competition. Bleckley County finished tied for fourth, 12 shots behind champion Vidalia, with the Royals’ Brooke Kreig finishing tied for fourth individually at 10-over 82, two shots behind co-medalists Brette Bryant of Davidson and Jesse Dalton of Vidalia.