The Woodward girls golf team finished another outstanding year as this year’s AAAA State Runner-Up.
The Lady War Eagles finished day one of the state championships just three strokes off the lead and in prime position to make a move on day two. Unfortunately, heavy rains forced the cancellation of day two and made day one results official. Sophomore Ayanna Habeel shot the low score for Woodward with a 5-over par 77, while senior Susannah Cole finished tied for 8th place. In addition to coming within three strokes of the state championship, the Lady War Eagles captured their 17th region/area championship, which qualified the team for the state meet. Habeel also led the team at the Area Championship, capturing low medalist honors with an even par round of 72. All told, it was another excellent season for the Lady War Eagles, who will look to build on their success and earn another shot at a state championship next year.
Coach Fritts is a 1983 graduate from Woodward and is in his 27th year at the Academy. He has been the only head girls golf coach in the school’s history, dating back to 1998 when girls golf started in the state of Georgia. During his tenure with the girls program, they have won 16 region championships, five state championships (most recently in 2016), and have finished as the state runner-up five times. The program has produced three individual state champions and 16 college players, including one LPGA player. Coach Fritts was also the head wrestling coach for 19 years and complied 21 Region/Area titles and won the AAA State Championship in 2013. He was inducted into the Georgia Wrestling Hall of Fame and was also an inaugural member of the Woodward Athletic Hall of Fame. Coach Fritts also serves as the assistant cross country coach, and has been with the program since 2007.