McDONOUGH — It was a long time coming for the Ola Mustangs boys golf program when they sealed the state title win earlier this year, but it was finally realized when the team was awarded rings.
The Friday night event for the Mustangs came ahead of their showdown against the Dutchtown Bulldogs. The rings were sponsored by Eagle’s Landing Family Practice.
Over two days, the Mustangs recorded a 575-team score for a 12-stroke lead with Jared Edwards finishing as the overall low medalist during the Georgia High School Association State Championship with a score of 135.
Not only did the Mustangs mark their history as state champions, it was also the first boys state championship for Ola High in its 13-year history. It’s an exciting feeling for the gentlemen who received their rings Friday evening.
“For these guys, their name is kind of embedded in Ola history for being the first male team to win a state championship,” head coach Lewis Pulliam said. “It’s really exciting and they’re a great group of guys and it was honestly all them.”
Pulliam says that his guys competed, with many of them being a part of the team for three years and competing to be at the top of the state finals, it finally came home to the Mustangs.
The feeling on each day is something that Pulliam recalls through the two-day event.
“The first day when we came out, I told the guys before we started to play par golf. If you play par golf there’s not a group out there that was going to touch us,” Pulliam said. “I had a lot of guys that could play par golf and I had two guys shoot under and two others shoot right at it, the first day we were leading by 13 strokes. It was a big deal for them to see it.”
When the second day came, the Mustangs just had to finish the job and with Edwards scoring 65 on the final day, it was just a matter of finishing the two-day tournament up in style.