While Trevor Dailey is one of the youngest members of the Statesboro golf team, he’ll be ready to do his part as the Blue Devils compete in the Class AAAA state championships next week.
Statesboro has been solid throughout the season and a 3rd place finish in last month’s region championship was good enough to qualify for the state championship to be held May 20 at Dalton Country Club.
Dailey has practiced hard to improve in his second season on the team, but got a shot of inspiration from watching television while relaxing.
“I was watching one of those singing contest shows,” Dailey said. “When people lost, they all kept saying they were happy just to be there. I was thinking, ‘No you aren’t. You wanted to win.’ I took that mentality to the course. I’m not happy just to do better. I want to win.”
Dailey will get his shot on what figures to be a demanding course.
“I want to play my best, but this is the state championship, so I’m sure it will be tough,” Dailey said. “I just want to post a good score that will help the team.”
Four years ago, Bre Gates burst onto the scene as a freshman star for the Southeast Bulloch track and field squad. Gates got off to a great start in her high school career and throughout her tenure times have continued to go down while distances have kept creeping higher.
All of Gates’ hard work resulted in one final meet to remember.
Last weekend, Gates led the Yellow Jackets to a fifth place finish in the Class AAA state championships. She took home an individual title in the long jump and competed in two other individual events as well as a pair of relay races.
“Bre was definitely a big part of our success,” SEB coach Jolie Britt said. “She was a big part of our team from her first year on and she’s done a good job of improving through the years.”
Even in the last meet of her SEB career, Gates continued to impress. Gates – along with many other Jackets – posted some of her best marks of the season on the biggest stage.
“We’re definitely going to miss Bre and all of our seniors,” Britt said. “They have been a big part of the last few years and they’ll be tough to replace.”