Glynn Academy boys golf coach Mike Zito desired a little more from his squad at the Golden Isles Invitational, the program’s final tournament before competing with area teams to qualify for the state tournament.

Glynn Academy shot 317 as a team on Sea Island’s Retreat Course to finish third in the tournament. Pierce County took home the trophy with 314, and Statesboro edged out the Red Terrors for the runner up slot with 316.

It wasn’t a total wash for the Terrors, who recorded the two lowest individual scores, including the low medalist. Pope Arline recorded a 2-over 74, tying teammate Jimmy Bishop. Arline won the tiebreaker by matching front-nine scores with Bishop, who took home second place.

Zito’s squad held a theoretical advantage by playing on their home course, on which they practice daily. Zito chalked some of the higher scores up to tough luck, but he recognized the Terrors will have to shoot lower to make a deep run in the state tournament.

“It was just one of those (rounds),” Zito said. “We need to play better. I don’t know what else to say. We have the talent, and we’re not firing with all six guys playing at once.”

Gray Johnson and Caleb Weese recorded 80s and Elliot Stroud shot 83 to round out the counting scores. Bishop’s 74 counted toward Glynn Academy’s B team.

“I thought Gray certainly hit the ball better than his score indicated, but that’s golf sometimes,” Zito said.

The Red Terrors will pass the next few weeks with practice before the area tournament in May.

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