JEKYLL ISLAND — All season, the Gainesville boys golf team built its impressive campaign around depth.
And on the first day of the Class 6A state championship tournament Monday the Red Elephants maintained that trend with five solid outings and one huge round, as Gainesville shot its way into second place in the two-day tournament at Jekyll Island's Pine Lakes Course.
Zayne Hilderbrand carded a 3-under-par 69 to help Gainesville, which recorded a 289, stay within striking distance of leader Johns Creek, which leads the field with a 286.
Right behind Hilderbrand was teammate Ryan Hogan with a 1-under 71, while Gainesville's Andrew Hughes carded a 74 and Brody Simmons a 75 for the Red Elephants' four recorded scores. Davis Weaver and AD Winston also each put up a 76.
Creekview is 10 shots back in third (296), while Lakeside, Evans is fourth at 302.
Gainesville will complete the tournament on Tuesday after another 18 holes as it looks to win its first state championship since 2013 -- a title which also came on Jekyll's Pine Lakes Course.
WHITE COUNTY GIRLS IN HUNT; CRAIG LEADS
The Lady Warriors sit third after day one of the Class 4A state championship at Innsbruck Golf Club in Helen, while White County's Catie Craig is the individual leader after 18 holes after carding a 2-over-par 74.
White County is 11 strokes back of leader Woodward Academy in the team standings.
The Lady Warriors' Caroline Craig is also sixth on the leaderboard at 7-over (79).
GHS GIRLS IN TOP 8
The Lady Red Elephants carded a team score of 270 in the first round of the Class 6A girls state championship at the Indian Mounds Course on Jekyll Island.
Gainesville is currently seventh in the standings. Johns Creek leads the way with a 235.
Morgan Nichol fired a 86 to pace the Lady Red Elephants, while Karina Collins added a 91 and Catie Cook a 93.