In a busy week of spring sports, two Chamblee Bulldogs had superb individual efforts.
On Wednesday, March 21, in a match against Redan, sophomore Kayla McClendon did what golfers rarely accomplish: she sank a hole-in-one on the second hole at the Mystery Valley golf course.
Conventional wisdom on playing the up-hill par-3 135 yards is that there is no danger in front of the greens, if the golfer can place the tee shot below the hole. If the shot goes above the hole, the golfer has to put downhill and chances are the ball will roll off into the wilderness.
Teeing off with a 7-iron, McClendon knew she had hit a solid tee shot, but Chamblee’s number one girls golfer did not immediately know that she had hit a perfect shot.
“I knew I hit a good shot, but once I got to the green, I could not find the ball,” said McClendon. “I thought the ball went off the green. As I was looking around for it, Coach K[oeplin] came up and asked me if I had checked the hole.”
In high school golf matches, golfers only play nine holes. In addition to the hole-in-one shot, McClendon shot her best score [8-over 44 on nine holes] so far this season.
“Because of where the tee is positioned on the hole, it is easy to lose sight of the ball,” said Koeplin. “Kayla has a strong passion to play, and I have watched her improve her distance off the tee, and I am eager to see her continue to improve her short game.”
In their second week of region play, the baseball team won two shutouts because of the arm of junior Patrick Gaulden.
At the beginning of the week, the Bulldogs (9-4-1) traveled to Southwest DeKalb and defeated the Panthers 2-0. Gaulden threw a complete-game shutout, and he struck out eight batters and had no walks. At the end of the week, the Bulldogs traveled to Lakeside and stunned the Vikings 1-0. Again, Gaulden was almost flawless on the mound. In his second outing of the week, Gaulden threw 6 1/3 innings, which earned him the win, and he allowed five hits, struck out three, and walked one batter.
“The guy is in the zone right now. All his pitches are working and the defense is making plays behind him,” said head baseball coach Brian Ely.
In the middle of the week when Chamblee hosted Dunwoody, the Bulldogs were soundly defeated 15-3 in five innings.
On Wednesday, Chamblee will travel to Marist; and, on Friday, the Bulldogs will host Miller Grove.