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Statesboro welcomes 14 teams to GSU course

    Statesboro’s golf squads will wrap up their regular seasons today as they host the Blue Devil Classic at the Georgia Southern University Golf Course at Noon.
    The Devils held their annual Statesboro High Invitational on their home course at Forest Heights Country Club back in February. But with another course now in town, the Devils saw an opportunity to host a second tournament.
    “We’re excited to be able to play at the new course,” SHS coach Sam Rogers said. “Matches are great, but tournament play is where you can really test yourself and prepare for the postseason. We hosted a lot of region teams back in February and now we have a solid field of different schools.”
    Teams will come to town from as far away as St. Simon’s Island and Atlanta as eight boys teams and six girls teams will compete.
    Statesboro will enter its girls squad, which is back after a short absence.
    Last season, a lack of participation left the Devils with only a boys team. The sole female golfer for SHS, Sara Jane Bowers, competed with the boys and helped them to reach the state championship tournament.
    Bowers is now leading the Lady Devils —and will be one of three seniors honored today — as the team gets its feet under it.
    “I’m really happy with how things are progressing,” Rogers said. “We had our struggles early on, but now we’re thinking that we can put on a good showing at region.”
    On the boys’ side seniors Clay Cribbs and T.J. Costlow have the Devils playing well once again.
    Rogers figures that his team has a solid chance to win the region tournament Tuesday at Waynesboro Country Club. With solid teams like Glynn Academy pushing the field today, the Devils will get a taste of postseason pressure.
    “That’s a great part about tournaments,” Rogers said. “There are lots of teams and lots of good players to compete with.
    “I have to thank our parents and local businesses for helping to put this together. Tournaments can be expensive things, but their support gives us opportunities and helps the program to grow.”

    Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9404.