May 10, 2018
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AHSAA-Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Partnership
Pays for Young Players, Courses
State Championship Starts Monday at The Shoals
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – When the best high-school golfers in the state gather Monday and Tuesday to determine this year’s champions at the 70th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association state tournament, they will be testing themselves against both their opponents and one of the top golf courses in the Southeast.
Since 1997, a rotation of five courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail have played host to the AHSAA championship. This year, the two-day, 36-hole event is at The Shoals in Muscle Shoals with both courses – Fighting Joe and Schoolmaster – in play. According to those most involved, the high-schoolers and the RTJ Trail have benefited from the relationship.
“It’s important to the teams and important to the Trail,” said John Cannon, president of SunBelt Golf Corporation, the management team for the Trail since its inception. “At the very origins of the Trail, what we were looking to do is to have public access for everybody, regardless of age, sex, creed or color. We wanted everyone to have access to world-class golf. We wanted the Trail to be a place where teams could spend their time learning to compete and to act as good members of their community.
“We wanted people to see what golf does for kids and families. We wanted to make the Trail integral to the community of golfers, particularly when they got into high school competition.”
The state championship is played in a rotation of Hampton Cove in Huntsville, Capitol Hill in Prattville, Grand National in Auburn/Opelika, Magnolia Grove in Mobile and The Shoals. In keeping with the policy of the Retirement Systems of Alabama – the owner of the Trail – that everyone who plays pays, RTJ receives $5 per golfer per round for the championship’s 36-hole event.
“We’re very thankful our kids get to play on some of best courses in the country,” said Marvin Chou, AHSAA Assistant Director and Director of Golf. “Plus, it’s not just at championship tournament time. A lot of schools play host to sectional tournaments and sub-state tournaments at some of the RTJ courses.”
This year, four sectionals were played at three RTJ courses – Magnolia Cove, Oxmoor Valley in Birmingham and Highland Oaks in Dothan. Six sub-state tournaments, the final challenge before earning state finals berths, were played at Magnolia Grove and Silver Lakes.
Cannon called the partnership between high-school golfers and the Trail a win-win situation. “More important than just the state championship, we host a lot of teams in the local communities around the Trail,” he said. “Go to any place on the Trail, every afternoon from about 2:30 until 6, and you’ll see dozens of kids, coaches and parents. Sometimes the kids are learning the game and the parents are tagging along and getting the opportunity to see what golf can do for families. We’re focused on kids coming, learning to socialize and compete in respectful manner.”
Justin Mallicoat, the girls’ coach at Class 4A White Plains High School in Calhoun County, said his golfers build their skills and relationships at Silver Lakes in Gadsden. “Jason Callan, the director of golf at Silver Lakes, is terrific. He’s kid-oriented and wants to see the game grow,” Mallicoat said. “He makes it easy for us to come out and practice and be successful.
“This is a sport for gentlemen and gentlewomen. Sure, you have competitiveness among the teams, but there are players who play with each other all year. Their families get to know each other and become friends. In basketball, you play 32 minutes and you may never talk to that person again. On the golf course, you spend time with someone, get to know their personalities and it could develop into a friendship that you can carry the rest of your life.
“We’re in a real rural area at White Plains,” he said. “Our kids take pride in the RTJ. It’s about a 35-minute ride from our school and it’s something nice they take pride in and they treat it as if it were their own home. No doubt, it’s a challenging course. You can’t come out here as an average golfer and score well. You have to be strategic and be able to read greens to do well. Anybody who can play well out here is a well-defined golfer.”
This year’s AHSAA championship is the 70th for boys and 47th for girls. Defending girls’ champions are Spain Park (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), Trinity Presbyterian (4A-5A) and Providence Christian (1A-3A). Boys’ defending champs are Mountain Brook (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A), UMS-Wright (4A), Providence Christian (3A) and Westbrook Christian (1A-2A).
Hoover’s Carson McKie shot a 72 and teammates Neysa Dechachutinan and Emily Baker carded 75s as the Bucs won the AHSAA Class 7A, North Sub-State girls’ golf team championship with a 6-over 222 team total. Spain Park also had 222 but finished second in the tie breaker.
The defending state champion Jaguars’ Marilyn Steed led all golfers with a 7-under 65, which tied for fourth best round for girls’ in AHSAA history. Her total also tied Michaela Morard’s 65 in the 2015 Class 6A/7A Sectional tournament at Goose Pond Country Club in Scottsboro for the lowest round in AHSAA post-season history.
Caroline Waldrop also had a 75 for the Jaguars. Huntsville’s Savannah Johnson shot 75 and Mary Mac Trammell of Mountain Brook had a 77 to qualify as individuals for the state tournament at The Shoals Golf Club of the Robert Trent Jones Trail next week at Muscle Shoals.
CLASS 4A/5A NORTH SUB-STATE: White Plains turned in a super effort on the back nine at Silver Lakes Golf Course to finish with a 256 total and the Sub-State title. Sophomore Hanna Dyar had an 81 and Lexee Cunningham carded an 87 for the Wildcats. Randolph was second at 265 with Michaela Morard shooting a 2-under 70 for low medalist honors. Morard won the Class 6A/7A individual championship in 2015 and 2016 for Huntsville High School, but sat out last season after transferring to Randolph in 2016.
Robyn Blakey of Leeds had an 82 and Grace Narrell of Arab had an 83 to advance to the state tourney as individuals.
CLASS 6A, NORTH SUB-STATE: Hartselle posted a 253 team total to win the Sub-State title over Muscle Shoals (257) by four strokes. Caroline MacVicar and Ross Napier, both of Northridge, were the two individuals who also qualified for the state tournament at Florence next week. MacVicar shot a 78 and Napier had an 84.
CLASS 1A/3A NORTH SUB-STATE: Clements and Glencoe advanced as winner and runner-up with team totals of 294 and 299, respectively. Hannah Pope and Kylee House of Mars Hill Bible qualified as the top individuals with rounds of 76 and 103.
Mountain Brook and Spain Park finished 1-2 in the Class 7A Boys Sub-State Golf Championships held at Timberline Golf Course at Calera with outstanding team scores of 278 and 283, respectively.
The Spartans finished 10-under par and the Jaguars were 5-under. Ford Clegg first a 6-under 66 and Reynolds Lambert was one shot back at 67 for Mountain Brook. Nick Dunlap also shot a 66 for Spain Park and Landon Carner had a 70.
The top two teams and the two players with low individual rounds qualified for next week’s AHSAA State Championships at Florence. The individuals were Austin Coggin of Vestavia Hills (70) and Ethan Hacker of Hewitt-Trussville (72).
In other Boys’ sub-state action reported Monday:
CLASS 7A SOUTH SUB-STATE: McGill-Toolen Catholic posted a one-stroke win over runner-up Auburn winning 295-296. Fairhope’s Max Johnson and Will Richardson each shot 72 for low individual rounds.
CLASS 6A NORTH SUB-STATE: Muscle Shoals won the sub-state title with a 297 team total. Fort Payne was second at 313. Jasper’s Patrick Minor qualified with a 1-over 73 for the low individual score, and Ross Napier of Hartselle carded a 74.
CLASS 5A SOUTH SUB-STATE: St. Paul’s Episcopal finished first in the team competition and Briarwood Christian finished second. Slade McCraw shot a 76 for the Lions while Kyle Cornelius and Blake Bahos each shot rounds of 77 for the Saints. Rehobeth’s Brantley Scott had the low round of the day shooting 1-under 71.
CLASS 5A NORTH SUB-STATE: Scottsboro’s Kyle Price shot even-par 72 for the low round of the day to lead the Wildcats to a 311 team total and the sub-state title. Russellville was second two shots back at 313. Jaceton Murray shot 73 for Russellville. Qualifying individually were Trey Allen of Brooks with a 73 and Etowah’s Eli Antisdel, who had a 74.
CLASS 4A NORTH SUB-STATE: White Plains won the sub-state championship with a 310 team total. Madison Academy was second at 319. Kenny Okins led the Wildcats with a 2-under 70. Teagan Miller shot 74 for Madison Academy. Oneonta golfers Cole Davidson and Will Patrick were the two individual qualifiers with scores of 72 and 75. Patrick won on a second-hole playoff to advance to state.
CLASS 3A NORTH SUB-STATE: Pleasant Valley won the title with a 375 total. Glencoe was runner-up with a 382. Clements’ Matt Smith was the low medalist with a 1-under 71 and earned one of two individual qualifying spots for the state championships. Josh Daracott of Lauderdale County fired a 77 to land the other spot. Ethan Johnson’s round of 78 led Pleasant Valley, and Brock McNeely’s 86 was tops for Glencoe.
CLASS 1A/2A NORTH SUB-STATE: Donoho took the sub-state championship with a 317 total. Westbrook Christian was second at 322. Jacob LeCroy shot a 75 for the low round for Donoho and Jackson Bowman shot a 74 for Westbrook . Cedar Bluff's Nick Sawyer earned an individual spot in the state tourney with a 2-under par 70 for the sub-state tourney's low round overall.
CLASS 7A SOUTH SUB-STATE: Auburn’s girls shot a 1-over 217 to win finish first. McGill-Toolen Catholic was second at 240. Ashley Curtis and Emilia Smith, both of Enterprise, had the low individual rounds with 77 and 79, respectively.
CLASS 4A/5A SOUTH SUB-STATE: Northside won the sub-state championship with a 243 team total, and Trinity Presbyterian was second at 261. Erika Allen led the winning Rams with a 2-ovr 74, and Emma Pittman’s 76 led the Wildcats.
BOYS Section Results
Class 7A, Section 1
Price Brown’s 2-over round of 74 led McGill-Toolen Catholic to a 302 team total and the section championship. Wells Keaton shot a 76 for the winning Yellow Jackets and Will Richard also had 76 for runner-up Fairhope.
Class 7A, Section 2
Auburn won the team title with a 7-over 295 total as Jack Stevens and Garrison Guthrie shot 1-over 73, Tanner Guthrie turned in a 2-over 74 and Conner Newton scored a 3-over 75. Tucker Crowson had a 76 to pace runner-up Central-Phenix City. Auburn’s Caleb Adcock, who qualified for the Sub-State tourney as an individual, shot a 75 and Durote’ Hurst of Smiths Station had a 76 to also advance to the Sub-State round.
Class 7A, Section 3
Mountain Brook, led by Reynolds Lambert’s 71, and Spain Park, paced by Nick Dunlap’s 70, tied for the section title with 296 scores. Vestavia individual Austin Coggin shot a 68 to grab low medalist honors.
Class 6A, Section 3
Low medalist Matthew Madden fired a 72 to lead Northridge to the section title with 300 score. Sam Brewbaker shot a 73 for Northridge. Brookwood’s Thomas Caddell topped the individual qualifiers with a 75.
Class 6A, Section 4
Muscle Shoals, coached by Derrick Gargis, captured the team title ahead of Hartselle, 291-302. Hunter Battles and Thomas Regan, both of Muscle Shoals, and Justin Vincent, playing as an individual from Athens, tied for low medalist honors with 72s.
Class 5A, Section 1
Defending state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal recorded a 3-over 291 total as a team to win the Section 1 title by 79 strokes over Demopolis, which had a 370. Will McFadden’s 4-under 68 led Coach Zac Lambrecht’s Saints. Kyle Cornelius also shot even par 72 and Bill Johnson had a 76. John Gaal of St. Paul’s, who qualified as an individual, and Rehobeth’s Brantley Scott also shot 3-over 75.
Class 4A, Section 3
Oneonta, led by low medalist Will Patrick’s 4-under 68, won the team title, edging White Plains 312-314. Nathan Griffin paced White Plains with a 77.
Class 4A, Section 4
Madison Academy edged runner-up Randolph by three strokes, 341-344 to take the Section championship. Nathan Fenza’s 79 led the Mustangs, and Charles’s Warren’s 77 led the Raiders. Low medalist was Deshler’s Luke Linley, who shot 3-over 75, and Priceville’s Philip Cain was second with a 76.
Class 3A, Section 2
Davis Aaron shot 3-over 75 to earn low medalist honors and led American Christian to the section title. The Patriots shot a 386. Oakman finished second. Indian Springs’ Pete Schilli was one stroke behind with a 76 to qualify for a Sub-State spot as an individual.
Class 3A, Section 3
North Sand Mountain, coached by Tracy Vest, shot a 348 to win the team title with Hunter Vest’s 77 earning low medalist honors for the Thundering Herd. Glencoe, which finished second, was led by Brock McNeely’s 80.
Class 1A-2A, Section 2
Vincent, coached by Wiley McKeller, won the team title with a 359, followed by runner-up Holy Spirit at 385. Dusty Davis of Vincent was low medalist with an 84.
Class 1A-2A, Section 4
Red Bay was the winner with a 387. Lindsay Lane was the runner-up. Red Bay’s Codey Cleveland and Marion County’s Logan Maddox, playing as an individual, tied for low medalist honors with 80s.
GIRLS' SECTION RESULTS
Class 7A, Section 1
Laura Burch shot an 87 and Meghan Stein 89 to lead McGill-Toolen Catholic to a 266 team total and the section title. Davidson was second at 269. Abby Foster shot an 87 for the Warriors.
Class 7A, Section 2
Morgan Jones shot a 77 and Auburn teammates Morgan Jones and Anna Claire Little followed with 77 and 79 to lead Coach Adam Byrd’s Lady Tigers to the Section 2 championship with a 234 team score. Enterprise was second at 258. Emilia Smith and Ashley Sinclair Curtis each carded 79 to pace the Wildcats.
Class 7A, Section 3
Low medalist Carson McKie fired a 71 to lead Hoover to the section title just ahead of Spain Park, 221-228. Caroline Waldrup’s 72 led Spain Park.
Class 7A, Section 4
Huntsville, coached by Chris Brown, won the team championship with a 247 team total. Grissom was second at 278. Savanna Johnson led the Panthers with a round of 79 to earn low medalist honors.
Class 6A, Section 2
Coach David Weeks’ Oxford girls won with a 251 team total. Homewood was second at 287. Kayla Huckeba was low medalist with a 76 for the winning Yellow Jackets. Teammate Anna Bolton was three strokes back with a 79.
Class 6A, Section 4
Muscle Shoals’ duo of Anna Margaret Hays and Riya Key shot 76 and 79, respectively, to lead the Trojans to the Section 4 girls’ title. Samantha Shelton and Reagan Daniel each added rounds of 86 for Coach Chad Willis’ team. Muscle Shoals won the team competition with a 241 total – two strokes ahead of runner-up Hartselle and seven ahead of third-place finisher Hazel Green. Jinger Heath of Hartselle was low medalist with a 1-under 71, and teammate Mikayla Dubnik shot a 75.
Class 4A-5A, Section 2
Northside, coached by Stasha Morrison, won the team title ahead of Sylacauga, 230-292. Karlee Allen of Northside was low medalist with a 73 and teammate Erika Allen shot 4-over 76.
Class 4A/5A, Section 3
White Plains compiled a 263 team total to claim the Section 3 crown. Alexandria was second at 297. Hanna Dyar led the winning Wildcats with an 84. Low medalist was Robyn Blakey of Leeds with a 79. Sydney Hanson of Boaz was next with an 81.
BOYS SECTION GOLF RESULTS
Class 3A, Section 1
Thomas Ponder shot an AHSAA state-record tying 10-under 62 to run away with low medalist honors for defending Class 3A state champion Providence Christian. The Eagles shot a 295 team total to edge Houston Academy, which totaled 297. Hal Dove was right behind Ponder with a 7-under 65. Ponder’s 62 tied for the lowest round in AHSAA history, which he now shares with Russellville’s Eli Hodges (2016 sectionals) and Pinson Valley’s J.M. O’Toole (2011 regular season).
Class 7A, Section 4
Hewitt-Trussville and Huntsville finished 1-2 with 303 and 307 team totals, respectively. James Clemens’ Jackson Mitchell shot a 73 and teammate Landon Miles carded 74 for the low individual rounds.
Class 6A, Section 1
Coach Dru Powell’s Spanish Fort Toros shot a 322 team score to take first place. Gulf Shores was second at 330. Hunter Harrelson and Zack Coker each shot 6-over to earn low medalist honors for the runner-up Dolphins. Andy Reier and Joe Paul Pennington led Spanish Fort with a pair of 79s. Powell Larson, who qualified as an individual, also had a 79 for the Toros.
Class 6A, Section 2
Jack Goldasich and Riley each shot 2-over 74 and Ford Goldasich was three shots back at 77 as Homewood, coached by Rick Baguley, fired a 303 team total to win the section title. Helena was second with a 312 total. Brock Baker had a 75 for the Huskies. Low medalist was Kodi Argade of Stanhope Elmore, who finish 2-under with a 70. The Mustangs finished fourth overall at 321. Tanner Wilder of Pell City shot 74 to finish as the top individual qualifier for the sub-state tourney.
Class 5A, Section 2
Slade MCraw fired a 2-over 74 and teammate Drew Schroeder had 4-over 76 to spark Briarwood Christian to the section title. The Lions of Coach Jim Brown had a 308 team total followed by Sylacauga’s 316. Timber Carter and Konnor Knight led the Aggies with rounds of 5-over 77.
Class 4A, Section 1
Defending state champion UMS-Wright shot 297 to beat runner-up Trinity Presbyterian (330) by 33 strokes. J.P. Cave’s 5-under 67 led the winning Bulldogs and was the low score of the day. UMS teammates Gregory Jones and Andrew Graves shot 75 and 76, respectively, to finish second and third overall.
Class 4A, Section 2
Fayette County won the boys’ section title with a 329 team total. Noah Scott’s 4-over 75 paced the Tigers. Rob Richards shot even-par 72 to earn low medalist honors and paced runner-up Haleyville, which finished six strokes back at 335.
GIRLS’ SECTION GOLF RESULTS
Class 6A, Section 1
Spanish Fort’s Letitia Sim carded an 83 to dominate the field as the Lady Toros had a 291 total to win the section title. Daphne was second 27 shots backs at 318. Autumn Hinkley shot a 98 to finish second overall.
Class 1A/3A, Section 3
Glencoe won the section title with a 294 score. Pleasant Valley finished second with a 313 total. Low medalist was Lauren Cole, who led the winning Yellow Jackets with an 80.
Class 7A North Sub-State at Canebrake Golf Club, Athens: Mountain Brook won the team title with a 286 total. Vestavia Hills was second at 289, Hewitt-Trussville, third at 299 and Sparkman was fourth with a 347 team score.
The Spartans were led by Reynolds Lambert’s 3-under 69. He led the All-Tournament team selections that also included Ryan Eshleman of Vestavia Hills (70), Ford Clegg of Mountain Brook (71), Austin Coggin of Vestavia (72) and Mountain Brook’s William Wann (72).
Individual qualifiers for the AHSAA State Golf Tournament next week at RTJ Auburn National Golf Club were Mac Reed of Mountain Brook and Reed Love of Hewitt-Trussville. Each shot a 1-over 73. The top two teams also advance to the state championships.
Class 6A North Sub-State at Cypress Lakes Golf Course, Muscle Shoals: Hunter Battles shot a 2-under 70 and teammate Brant Bishop fired even par 72 to lead Muscle Shoals to the sub-state tournament championship. The Trojans shot a even-par 288 as a team with Noah Olive and Sam Gargis each shooting 1-over 73 to round out the top four scorers.
Northridge finished second at 302 with Luke Shaw shooting 71 and Matthew Madden 72 for the runner-up team. Muscle Shoals and Northridge advance to the state tourney May 15-16 at the RTJ Auburn Grand National course located at Opelika.
Pinson Valley’s Caleb O’Toole shot 5-under 67 to capture low medalist honors and grabbed one of the two individual qualifier spots for next week’s state championships, Thomas Caddell of Brookwood shot par-72 to earn the other spot.
Class 5A South Sub-State at Troy CC: St. Paul’s Episcopal captured first place with a 303 and Briarwood Christian was second at 327. Both advance to the state tourney as the sub-state team qualifiers.William McFadden’s 72 led the winning Bulldogs and earned him low medalist honors. Teammate David Bahos also shot 76. Individual qualifiers included Brantley Scott of Rehobeth, who scored a 3-over 75, and Central-Clay County’s David Sanford, who finished with a 78.
Class 5A North Sub-State at Goose Pond Colony Golf Club, Scottsboro: Guntersville’s boys shot a low round 311 to win the sub-state title and capture a berth in the AHSAA State Championships at Auburn Gran National at Opelika May 15-16. Russellville was four strokes behind at 315 to capture runner-up and the second team berth in the state tourney.
Low medalist honors went to Douglas’s Anthony Lumpkin , who shot a 2-ujnder 70. Scottsboro’s Jon Brady Sandlin was one shot back to finish second. Both qualified as individuals for the state tourney.
Other solid rounds were turned in by Paul Bruce of Gunterville, who shot even par 72, and Etowah’s Tee Brown, who finished 1-over 73.
even par 72 and Tee Brown of Etowah High School with a 1 over 73.
Class 4A South Sub-State at Arrowhead CC, Montgomery: UMS-Wright won the sub-state with a 297 team total. Haleyville was second at 317, followed by Trinity Presbyterian (320) and Saint James (322).
UMS teammates J.P. Cave and Andrew Graves each shot 72 for the low round. Felix Ronderos , also of UMS-Wright, was next at 74, followed by Bulldogs teammate Gregory Jones and Alabama Christian’s Dawson Popwell at 75.
The top two teams advance to the state tourney. The top two individual qualifiers, Popwell and Montgomery Catholic’s G
Grant Smith (76) also qualified for the state tourney.
Class 3A South Sub-State at Arrowhead CC, Montgomery: Providence Christian posted a 300 team total and Houston Academy shot 301 as both teams finished 1-2 in the Sub-State tourney to qualify for next week’s AHSAA state tournament.
Hal Dove of Houston Academy shot a 4-under 68 to lead all scorers. Thomas Ponder led Providence with even-par 72. B.J. Morrison also shot 74 for PCA. Varum Yerramsetti (71) and Pete Schilli (73) of Indian Springs also qualified for the state as individual qualifiers.
North Class 3A Sub-State at Silver Lakes, Glencoe: West Morgan captured the top spot with a 326 team total. Runner-up Lauderdale County was 10 strokes back at 336.
West Morgan’s Dakota Terry and Clements’ Matt Smith each shot a 74. Terry won low medalist in a playoff. Smith was one of two individuals outside the top two teams to qualify for the state tourney. Geraldine’s Logan Forrester fired a 76 to earn the other individual qualifying berth.
Wyatt Smith also shot 80 for West Morgan, and Josh Darracott had an 80 to lead Lauderdale County.
South Class 1A/2A Sub-State at Highland Park, Birmingham: St. Luke’s Episcopal shot a 302 and Altamont was second 41 strokes back at 343. Both teams qualified for the state tourney.
Jacob Wiginton of Shades Mountain Christian shot a 73 to claim one of two individual qualifying spots. Kinston’s Dylan Moulton shot 75 for the second spot. Adam Ikner of J.U. Blacksher was third at 76.
North Class 1A/2A Sub-State at Gadsden CC: Westbrook Christian, led by John Hilliard’s 4-under 68 and William Wethington’s 1-over 73, posted the top team score (299) to win the competition. Runner-up Donoho was 10 shots back at 309. Both qualified for the state tourney. Jack Svenson fired a 71 for Donoho.
Ike Alexander of Mars Hill Bible and Cody Maddox of Marion County qualified as the two low individuals with rounds of 68 and 70, respectively. Alexander earned low medalist honors.
Class 6A North Sub-State at Cypress Lakes Golf Course, Muscle Shoals: Northridge shot 254 to take first place. Muscle Shoals was five strokes back at 259 to finish second. Both teams advance to the state tournament next week.
Ally Williams of Athens carded 3-over 75 to earn low medalist honors. Kate Macvicar of Northridge shot 77 and her sister Caroline Macvicar shot 79 to finished second and third. Mikayla Dubnik of Hartselle joined Williams as individual qualifiers shooting an 82.
Class 6A Sub-State at Timber Creek Golf Club, Spanish Fort: Spanish Fort posted a 271 total to claim first place and Daphne shot 295 to finish second. Letitia Sim paced the Lady Toros with an 87 and Amelia Bjuro shot 90. Jordyn Hodgson carded a 76, second best round of the day, to lead Daphne.
Low medalist and an individual qualifier was Brooke Samson of Park Crossing, who shot even par-72. Oxford’s Kayla Huckeba also qualified as an individual with an 81.
Class 4A/5A South Sub-State at Troy CC: UMS-Wright won the sub-state tourney with a 248 team score. Trinity Presbyterian was second at 255. Erika Allen and Karlee Allen of Northside carded 1-under 71 and 76, respectively, to claim the individual qualifying spots. Lauren Gilchrist's 71 led the winning Bulldogs. She won a one-hole shootout with Allen to earn low medalist honors. Trinity senior Sophie Burks shot 73 to lead the Wildcats.
HUNTSVILLE – Six boys’ golf teams and three girls’ squads captured state championships Tuesday as the 68th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Golf Championships concluded at the Robert T. Jones Hampton Cove Golf Course at Huntsville.
Spain Park High School, coached by Brian Carter, followed Monday’s 3-under 285 with a 2-under 286 to finish five strokes under par with a 571 total to claim the Class 7A state boys’ title. Fairhope was second 14 strokes back at 585, followed by Auburn (590) and Vestavia Hills (596). The championship was the seventh for the Jaguars in school history.
Vestavia freshman Austin Coggin recorded his second straight 2-under 70 to claim low medalist honors in the big-school completion with a 36-hole 140. Landon Carner of Spain Park and Addison Nix of Auburn finished one shot back at 141. Carner had the low round in 7A Tuesday shooting a 3-under 69.
Sophomore Kyle Cornelius shot an AHSAA state tournament record 9-under 63 Tuesday for the tournament’s low round and helped St. Paul’s Episcopal shoot even par for the day en route to the 5A crown.
Huntsville eighth grader Michaela Morard shot a 2-under 70 Tuesday to finish at 138, just one stroke off her record-tying total of 2015 as she claimed her second straight low medalist honors in the girls’ big-school (6A-7A) division. The Lady Panthers shot a 226 Tuesday to finish 13 strokes over par at 445 and won their first state girls’ crown. Emily Lankford shot 6-over 78 and finished second behind her teammate in second place individually. Savannah Johnson also carded a 78 and finished at 157 over 36 holes to round out the Huntsville scoring.
Defending 6A/7A state champion Hoover was second at 452 with Spain Park (469) and Athens (484) closing out at 3 and 4.
Others boys’ team winners were Providence Christian (1A/2A), Westbrook Christian (3A), UMS-Wright (4A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A) and Homewood (6A). White Plains won the 4A/5A girls’ championship for the second year in a row. Westbrook Christian won the 1A/3A girls’ division to give the Warriors a sweep for boys and girls.
CLASS 6A BOYS
Jack Poole and Jack Goldasich each shot even-par 72 Tuesday to spark Homewood to the Class 6A state championship. The Patriots of Coach Keat Litton had a two-day team total of 591 – 15 strokes over par. Homewood was just five over on Tuesday as Connor Doyal and Ben Harris shot 74 and 75, respectively, to round out the final round.
Spanish Fort finished second just two shots back at 593. John Carroll Catholic was third at 615 and Chilton County, fourth with 660.
Senior Charles Wood of Spanish Fort closed strong with at 2-under 70 and first-day leader senior Matt Lorenz of Gulf Shores shot a 73 as both finished tied for low medalist in 6A honors at 2-under 142 for the 36 holes. John Snoddy of John Carroll Catholic had the best round of the 6A competition Tuesday coming in at 4-under 68 to finish at 145. Northview’s Christopher Owens and Cullman’s Luke Wilson had round of 70 and 72, respectively, to finish tied for third one shot back at 143.
CLASS 5A BOYS
St. Paul’s Episcopal, coached by Sandy Santoli, shot even-par 288 for the low round team-wise for the day and captured the 5A boys’ title with a 7-undrr 583. Russellville was second at 604 with Guntersville (629) and Central of Clay County (650) finishing 3-4.
Sophomore Kyle Cornelius rebounded from an 84 Monday to shoot a 63 – the best round in state tournament history. William Sellers of Montgomery Academy shot 64 in 2012 for the previous low round. Cornelius finished at 147, 11 strokes behind Mortimer Jordan junior Garrett Johnson. Johnson followed Monday’s 69 with an even more impressive 67 to finish as low medalist with 8-under 136 – just three strokes off the state record of 133 set by Patrick Martin of Spain Park (2015), Brooks Rabren of Straughn (2015) and Robby Shelton of Dt. Paul’s (2013).
Russellville senior Eli Hodges was second over at 3-undrr 141. He had a 70 Tuesday.
CLASS 4A BOYS
UMS-Wright won its 22nd state golf championship since the Bulldogs’ first in 1971 with a two-day 598 total to claim the 4A title. Finishing second was Trinity Presbyterian 39 strokes back at 637. White Plains (641) and Oneonta (641) tied for third. Coach Adam Boehm’s squad placed two golfers in the top three. Andrew Graves had a 1-over 73 Tuesday and Layton Bussey of White Plains shot a 2-under 70 as both finished 1-over 145 to tie for low medalist.
UMS-Wright’s J.P. Cave and Oneonta’s Stewart Miller each carded a 76 to finish tied for third at 148. Bussey’s 70 was the low round of the day in Class 4A.
CLASS 3A BOYS
Low medalist John Catanzaro of Westbrook Christian followed Monday’s blistering 66 with a 3-over 75 to finish at 3-under 141 for the tourney as Coach Edward Brookins’ Warriors won the 3A state title for the second year in a row with a 612 team total. William Wetherington shot even-par 72 for Westbrook’s best round and the only par or better round in the 3A competition Tuesday.
Indian Springs finished second with a 639, 26 strokes behind the winners. Bayside Academy (656) was third and Glencoe (660) was fourth.
Jack Sims of Glencoe shot a 74 Tuesday to finish at 146 and claimed individual runner-up honors.
CLASS 1A/2A BOYS
Providence Christian shot 300 as a team Tuesday, one stroke better than Monday’s 301, and won the 1A/2A state championship by 25 strokes over runner-up Decatur Heritage (626). Houston Academy (629) was third and Donoho (680), fourth.
Thomas Ponder and Thomas Speigner each shot 1-over 73 Tuesday to lead the Eagles of Coach Emory Latta. Ponder finished tied at 147 with Sam Murphy of Decatur Heritage and Spencer Arnold of St. Luke’s Episcopal as the trio finished nine strokes behind low medalist Ike Alexander of Mars Hill Bible. The junior shot two straight rounds of 69 to wind up with a 6-under 138 for the 36 holes. The 69 was the fourth best round overall in the tournament Tuesday.
CLASS 6A/7A GIRLS
The ladies turned in another impressive day as four golfers shot even par or better. Michaela Morard’s 70 gave her a 138 and one-stroke win over Athens’ Micheala Williams, who shot 3-under 69 to finish at 139.
Fairhope senior Virginia Green closed out her impressive high school career with a 1-under 71 and two-day total 142 to finish third.
For Huntsville, coached by Clifford Pate, the two-day total of 445 was just 13 strokes over par.
The 21 girls in the 6A/7A field averaged just 78.97 collectively over the two days with four eagles, 78 birdies and 158 pars registered in all the rounds. The tournament was the 45th for the girls in AHSAA history.
CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS
Coach Marcus Harrell’s White Plains girls shot 243-241—484 to win the state crown for the second year in a row. UMS-Wright (535), Demopolis (570) and Russellville (604) finished 2-3-4.
Helena’s Grayson Gladden shot 2-under 70 for the best round of the competition and earned low medalist honors with a 3-over 147. Anna Reid of Demopolis shot 74 Tuesday and finished three shots back at 150. Layne Dyar had White Plains’ best effort with a 79-78—157.
CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS
Westbrook Christian, coached by Misti Fairchild, made it sweep for the Warriors as the girls followed the boys to the winner’s circle. Last off the course Tuesday, Westbrook won the 1A/3A girls’ state championship with two consistent rounds. The Warriors shot 263 Monday and 264 Tuesday to finish at 527. Winfield was second 11 strokes back at 538. Bayside Academy was third at 576 and Clements (711) was fourth.
First-day leader Jacksonville Christian’s Chloe Borders shot a low-round 81 Tuesday and won 1A/3A medalist honors with 15-over 159. She won by four strokes over Mars Hill Bible’s Hannah Pope (163), who shot an 82 Tuesday. Ellie Porter was fourth overall for Westbrook recording rounds of 84-85 for 169. Bayside Academy’s Tori Roush shot an 83 Tuesday – bettering her Monday total (103) by 20 strokes and finished 10th overall.
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