State Tourney Concludes Tuesday at RTJ Capitol Hill at Prattville
PRATTVILLE – Defending Class 7A State champion Mountain Brook High School finished 5-over 293 with last year’s co-low medalist William Wann firing a 3-under 69 for the top individual score of day one’s Class 7A competition as the 71st AHSAA State Golf Championships got underway at the Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill Golf Club at Prattville Monday.
The 36-hole tournament concludes Tuesday with six boys’ team champions and four girls’ team champions being crowned.
Class 4A first-day leader Thomas Ponder of Providence Christian had the low round of all classifications Monday with a 4-under 68. Randolph’s Michaela Morard was 3-under at 69 to emerge as the girls’ first-day leader in Class 4A/5A – and had the lowest round of all girls’ in the state tourney.
Mountain Brook’s team total was the low team score of all classes. McGill-Toolen was six strokes back in the team competition at 299 Monday. Fairhope was third at 304 and Vestavia Hills was fourth at 309. Mountain Brook is vying for its third Class 7A state golf title in a row.
Vestavia Hills High School’s Austin Coggin and Mountain Brook’s Gordon Sargent, who was co-low medalist with team Wann last year with 11-under 133 over 36 holes, each fired 1-under 71 Monday.
Reynolds Lambert of the Spartans had a 72 while Jackson Ives of Fairhope and McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Brendan Reilly were 1-over at 73. Max Johnson of Fairhope and Price Brown of McGill-Toolen shot 2-over 74.
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In the other classification tourney highlights Monday:
CLASS 6A BOYS
Defending Class 6A state champion Muscle Shoals recorded a team 17-over 305 to build a commanding 18-stroke lead over Benjamin Russell as the first day of state golf competition concluded at Prattville’s Robert Trent Jones Capital Golf Club. Homewood was third at 326 and Gulf Shores was two shots back at 328.
Fort Payne’s Harrison Davis was 1-under at 71 to take the first-day lead. Homewood’s Ford Goldasich shot even par 72, followed by Gulf Shores’ Tyler Bjorgum with a 73. Three golfers came in a 2-over 74 including Fort Payne’s Dawson Garrett, Muscle Shoals’ Hunter Battles and Benjamin Russell’s Matthew Cush. Last year’s individual 6A state low medalist Thomas Regan and Spanish Fort’s Andy Reier turned in rounds of 75.
CLASS 5A BOYS
UMS-Wright, the Class 4A champions the last three years, moved to five with plenty of confidence as the Bulldogs shot a 21-over 309 to take a 14-stroke lead into Day 2 over Sylacauga (323). Guntersville was third at 327 and Russellville, fourth at 336.
UMS-Wright’ duo Gregory Jones and J.P. Cave fire rounds of 72 and 75 to lead the pack after 18 holes. Cave was Class 4A low medalist in 2017. Michael Rich of Southside-Gadsden, Patrick Minor of Jasper and Max Jackson of Sylacauga each finished 5-over 77.
CLASS 4A BOYS
Thomas Ponder shot a 4-under 68 to pace Providence Christian to first place in the Class 4A competition with a team round of 318. e lsoHe also He also had the low round with Oneonta’s Will Patrick, who shot even-par 72, finishing four strokes back after Day 1. American Christian’s Davis Aaron and Providence’s Dax Holland-Weed were 7 strokes back with rounds of 75.
Brooks was one stroke back at 319 with Zach Ashley shooting 4-over 76. White Plains closed with a 330 and Fayette County was fourth after the first round with a 357. Noah Scott had a 78 for the Tigers. Madison Academy’s Teagan Miller also had a 78.
CLASS 3A BOYS
Defending state champion Houston Academy finished 14-over as a team with a 302 total to take a 16-stroke lead over Westbrook Christian’s 318. T.R. Miller was third at 328 and Glencoe was fourth at 374. Senior Hal Dove led the Raiders with an even-par 72 – the lowest individual score of the round for Class 3A. Westbrook Christian’s William Wethington was 1 stroke back at 73, and Warriors teammate Jackie Bowman carded a 75. Houston Academy’s Matthew Streitman and T.R. Miller’s Turner Smith came in at 76.
CLASS 1A/2A BOYS
North Sand Mountain held a six-stroke lead over defending Class 1A/2A state champion Donoho after Monday’s first round with a 361 team total. The Falcons totaled 367 and Brantley was third at 416.
The individual leader after 18 holes was Red Bay’s Codey Cleveland, who had a 3-over 75. Donoho’s Jacob LeCroy was 4-over at 76 and Harrison Hughston fired a 78 to finish right behind Cleveland. Hunter Vest paced North Sand Mountain with an 86.
CLASS 7A GIRLS
Defending state champion Auburn took a 7-stroke lead in the Class 7A girls’ golf tourney with a 244 team total. Enterprise is second with 251, Huntsville, third at 255 and Hoover, fourth at 265.
Three girls were bunched at the top of the Class 7A leaderboard after 18 holes with Emilia Smith of Enterprise shooting a 74 to hold a 1-stroke lead over Wildcats teammate Ashley Curtis and Auburn’s Elisabeth Preus heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes. Both shot 3-over 75. Spain Park’s Marilyn Steed and Auburn’s Morgan Jones followed with rounds of 77 each.
CLASS 6A GIRLS
Northridge closed the first day of Class 6A girls’ golf competition at 242 to take a 6-stroke lead over UMS-Wright (248) and a 26-stroke lead over defending state champion Muscle Shoals. Spanish Fort was fourth at 339.
Northridge’s Caroline MacVicar led the individual competition by three strokes after day one with an even-par 72 round Monday. UMS-Wright’s Lauren Gilchrist was second at 3-over 75, and Hartselle’s Jinger Heath was third at 79.
CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS
Senior Michaela Morard, who won the individual state championship in Class 7A for Huntsville High School in 2015 and 2016 and finished second in Class 4A/5A for Randolph in 2018, took a commanding 6-stroke lead in the individual competition after Monday’s 18 holes shooting a 3-under 69 for the Raiders. It was the low round of the da for all girls’ competition – as was Randolph’s 232 team total. The Raiders held a 7-stroke lead over defending 4A/5A start champion Northside. Trinity Presbyterian was third with 249 and Arab was fourth at 262.
Virginia Anne Holmes of Trinity and 2018 4A/5A individual champ Erika Allen of Northside were second, each shooting 75. Erika Allen’s sister Karlee Allen was 9 strokes back at 78, and Demopolis’ Caroline Webb came in at 79.
CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS
Providence Christian’s Allison Howard shot a strong 2-over 73 Monday to help Providence Christian close with a Class 1A/3A tourney leading 238 team total. Bayside Academy was in second place, 42 strokes back at 280, Glencoe was third at 301 and Mars Hill Bible, fourth with 305.
Providence Christian’s Lauren Thompson posted a 79 for second lowest round of the division. Glencoe’s Lauren Cole and Bayside’s Tori Rush were tied for third at 83.
CLASS 6A SUB-STATE NORTH BOYS
Benjamin Russell High School shot 309 team total to win the Class 6A North Sub-State boys’ golf championship. Matthew Cash shot a 1-under 71 to earn low medalist honors for the Wildcats, and Jacob Scott had a 75.
Gulf Shores was second at 312 with Tyler Bjorgum posting a 75 at the Cider Ridge Golf Course at Oxford. Spanish Fort’s Andy Reier and Calera’s Chase Nall qualified as individuals with rounds of 75 each.
The top two teams and top two individual qualifiers advance to the AHSAA State Golf Championships at Prattville’s Robert Trent Jones Capital Golf Club May 13-14.
In other sub-state play Tuesday:
CLASS 6A SUB-STATE SOUTH GIRLS
UMS-Wright won the Class 6A North Sub-State girls’ title with a 264 team score. Spanish Fort was second at 310. The low medalist score of 79 belonged to Lauren Gilchrist of the winning Bulldogs.
Ella Kate Hewes of Daphne qualified as the top individual with an 87, and Macey Martin of Helena was the other qualifier with a round of 88.
CLASS 6A SUB-STATE NORTH GIRLS
Northridge’s Caroline MacVicar recorded a 3-under 69 to lead her team to the sub-state championship. Northridge finished with a 228 team total. Kate MacVicar added a 78 and Mary Katherine Lee rounded out the scoring with an 81.
Muscle Shoals captured runner-up with 247 total. Anna Margaret Hays shot 1-under 71 to finish with the second best round. Jinger Heath of Hartselle shot a 73 and Aubrie Cagle of Hazel Green had an 80 to earn the two individual qualifier spots.
CLASS 4A/5A SUB-STATE GIRLS
Randolph senior Michael Morard shot a 3-under 69 to earn low medalist and the Raiders posted a 246 total to claim the North sub-state championship. Bella Duesing also had an 81 for Randolph.
Arab was five strokes back at 251 to earn second place. Grace Narrell shot a 75 to pace the Knights. Hanna Dyar of White Plains shot a 75 and Lauren Wilson of Fairview had a 76 to earn the two individual qualifier spots in next week’s state tournament at Prattville.
Defending Class 6A state champion Muscle Shoals and defending Class 3A state champion Houston Academy each turned in amazing team totals of 9-under 279 Monday advanced to next week’s AHSAA State Golf Championships as Sub-State champions.
Results reported from Monday’s Sub-State action include:
Class 6A, North Sub-State Boys
Defending Class 6A state champion Muscle Shoals an incredible 9-under 279 with Thomas Regan firing a 6-under 66 and Sam Gargis a 3-under 69 to win the sub-state title. Allen Michael Burnett finished with a 2-under 70, and Hunter Battles was 2-over at 74.
Homewood was second at 299 strokes. Ren Riley shot even-par 72 and Ford Goldasich had a 74 for the Patriots. Two Fort Payne golfers, Dawson Garrett and Harrison Davis, qualified for next week’s state tourney at the Robert Trent Jones Prattville Capital Golf Course with rounds of 70 and 71.
Class 3A South Sub-State Boys
Houston Academy won the Sub-State championship shooting a 9-under 279. Mathew Streitman carded an 8-under 64 for the low round for the Raiders. Hal Dove, who shot a 64 last week in the Section Tourney, had a 3-under 69, Emmett Lee came in at 2-under 71 and Jake McDonald had a 75.
T.R. Miller landed the other state tourney team berth with 316. Turner Smith led the Tigers with a 3-over 75. Donavan Weaver was one stroke back at 76.
Class 7A North Sub-State Boys
Defending state champion Mountain Brook shot a team 6-under par to finish at 282 to win the Sub-State championship. Vestavia Hills was second at 295, followed by Huntsville, 309, and James Clemens, 315.
Vestavia Hills’ Austin Coggin fired a 6-under 66 to capture low medalist honors, Mountain Brook’s Gordan Sargent finished 3-under 69. Teammates William Wann, Reynolds Lambert and Evan Gross each card rounds of 71 while the Spartans’ Cole Murdock led the individual qualifiers with a 71.
Class 4A North Sub-State Boys
White Plains and Brooks finished 1-2 to advance to the state tourney May 13-14. The Wildcats had a 304 team total while Brooks and Oneonts each shot a 320. The Lions took second place in a playoff over the Redskins.
Kenny Okins led White Plains with a 1-over 73. Andrew Miller shot 74, Gage Miller 77 and Wesley Jenkins 80. Brooks was led by Justin Olive, who shot a 75, and Zach Ashley, who finished with a 76.
Individuals advancing from 4A North were Teagan Miller of Madison Academy and Will Patrick of Oneonta, with rounds of 73 and 74, respectively.
Class 1A/2A South Sub-State Boys
Brantley finished first at the South Sub-State tourney with a 334 team total to beat defending Class 1A/2A state champ Donoho, which finished second at 345. Donoho got a strong 4-under 68 from Jacob Lecroy. Brantley’s Jake Kilcrease fired a 77. The two individual qualifiers Steven Ikner finished with s 74 and Southeastern’s Charlie Faler had a 75.
Class 1A/2A North Sub-State Boys
North Sand Mountain shot a 349 to take first place at the Class 1A/2A North Sub-State tourney. Red Bay finished second with at 41.
Individual qualifier Nick Sawyer was low medalist with a 2-under 70, and the other individual qualifier Logan Maddon of Marion County shot 76. Tanner Stone and Hunter Vest led the winning Thundering Herd with rounds of 82 and 84, respectively. Cody Cleveland paced Red Bay with a 1-over 73.
Class 7A North Sub-State Girls
Hoover and Huntsville tied with 249 totals. Spain Park finished third at 2523 strokes and Grissom was fourth with a 292. Huntsville’s Sara Utley shot a 75 for the low round of the day. Neysa Dechachitnan of Hoover was one stroke back 76 and Marilyn Steed of Spain Park shot a 79. Mountain Brook’s Laura Catherine Goodson led the four individual qualifers with a round of 79.
Class 1A/3A South Sub-State Girls
Providence Christian of Dothan took first place with an 8-over 224 team total. Lauren Thompson led PCA with a 72. Allison Howard shot 74 and Emma Cox, 78. Bayside Academy finished second with a 274 total. Tori Roush shot 6-over 78 to lead the Lady Admirals.
Tuesday’s AHSAA Section Golf Late Results
Defending Class 7A state boys’ champion Mountain Brook and two-time defending Class 6A state boys’ champs Muscle Shoals each turned in a stellar team performances to win section titles Tuesday.
The Spartans of Coach Alex Lockett showed tremendous consistency to win the Class 7A, Section 3 championship. Reynolds Lambert led Mountain Brook with a 1-under 71. Evans Gross followed with a 72 while William Wann and Godron Sargent each shot 1-over 73 as the Spartans reached the clubhouse 1-over 289 for the day.
Vestavia Hills finished second to grab the other Section 3 team slot in the sub-state round with a 304 total. Ryan Eshelman and Austin Coggins each shot rounds of 73. Span Park’s Matt Stuart and Mountain Brook’s Cole Murdock qualified as individuals with rounds of 71 and 73, respectively.
Two-time defending Class 6A state boys’ golf champion Muscle Shoals shot even better –
Finishing 1-under as a team with a Section 4-winning 287 Tuesday over a very tough field of competitors. Hunter Battles led the way with a 7-under 65 as the Trojans of Coach Derrick Gargis won the Class 6A, Section 4 golf crown. Sam Gargis also shot 73, Thomas Regan had a 74 and Allen Michael Burnett added a 75 to round out the Trojans’ effort.
Fort Payne was second with a 4-over 292 total. Harrison Davis shot a 4-under 68 and Dawson Garrett came in at even par 72. Hartselle finished third one shot back at 5-over 293. Cameron Spehar carded a 3-under 69 and teammate Tristan Wisener recorded a 1-over 73. Luke Cantrell shot a 74 to lead fourth-place qualifier Hazel Green, which finished at 316. Ben Shedd of Cullman was the top individual qualifier shooting 5-over 77.
In other section golf tournaments reporting Tuesday’s results on Wednesday:
Class 7A, Section 1 Boys
McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Price Brown shot a 1-under 71 and teammate Wells Keaton shot even par 72 to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 292 team total and the Section 1 crown. Coach Matt Scott’s squad also got strong efforts from George Burch and Brendan Reilly, 74 and 75 respectively.
Fairhope finished second at 312 with Max Johnson shooting a team best 76.
Class 7A, Section 1 Girls
McGill-Toolen Catholic and Fairhope finished 1-2 in the section competition with team scores of 260 and 296, respectively, to clinch spots in next week’s sub-state tourney. Laura Burch of the Yellow Jackets and Hannah Dees of the Pirates each shot rounds of 82. Meghan Stein also shot an 84 for McGill-Toolen.
Katelyn Foster of Baker and Aby Foster of Davidson clinched individual spots in the sub-state with rounds of 86 and 89, respectively.
Class 7A, Section 3 Girls
Coach Lori Elgin’s Lady Bucs nipped city Rival Spain Park by three strokes, 234 – 237, to win the 7A, Section 3 girls’ golf title. Emily Baker Led Hoover with a 72 – best score of the day. Teammate Neysa Dechachutinan also fired a 79 and Julia Freeman had an 83.
Marilyn Steed paced Spain Park with a 2-over 74 round. Taylor Trible also had a 77. Top individual qualifier was Mountain Brook’s Laura Catherine Goodson, who carded a 75. Sarah Kate DeCarlo of Vestavia Hills earned the other individual qualifying berth with an 81.
Class 4A/5A, Section 3 Girls
White Plains totaled 255 to win the Section 3 championship over runner-up Arab (267) by 12 strokes. Oneonta finish third at 288 and Scottsboro captured the fourth sub-state team slot with a 295.
Hanna Dyar shot 82 to earn low medalist for the winning Wildcats. Grace Narrell of Arab and Mary Grace Davidson of Oneonta were two shots back at 85. The top individual qualifier was Boaz golfer Sydney Hanson, who posted an 88.
Monday’s AHSAA Girls’ Section Golf Playoffs
Class 7A, Section 4 Girls
Junior Sarah Utley of Huntsville posted an incredible 9-under 63 to lead the Panthers to the section championship. Her round of 63 was the lowest in AHSAA post-season history for girls’ play – surpassing the previous low round (64) accomplished by Michaela Morard of Randolph in the 2018 state tourney.
Utley just missed tying the state record (61) shot by Virginia Green of Fairhope in the 2017 regular season. Green also shot a 62 that same season, and Jamie Jackson, another Huntsville standout, had a 62 at Scottsboro’s Goose Pond Country Club in 2012.
Huntsville, coached by John Bradshaw, had a 231 team total to beat runner-up Grissom (237) by six strokes. Grace Engle had a 74 to pace the Tigers. Huntsville’s Markie Nelson also had an 81 and Gadsden City’s Ella Howard qualified as an individual with a 77. Clara Tran of Sparkman earned the other individual qualifying spot with an 85.
Other girls’ section tourney results include:
Class 7A, Section 2 Girls
Auburn’s girls posted a 243 team score to win the Section 2 title over runner-up Enterprise, which compiled a 264 team total. Morgan Jones earned low medalist firing a 73. Teammate Elizabeth Preus was three shots back at 76. Emilia Smith led Enterprise with an 81. Prattville’s Caroline Luck and Central-Phenix City’s Peyton Woody also qualified for the sub-state tourney posting scores of 86 and 88, respectively.
Class 6A, Section 1 Girls
UMS-Wright won the Section 1 title with 256, jut 40 strokes over pr. Lauren Gilchrist led the Bulldogs with a 6-over 78 to earn low medalist honors.
Spanish Fort finished second at 292. Daphne earned the third qualifying spot for sub-state shooting 297, and Gulf Shored captured the fourth berth with 323. Ella Kate Hewes of Daphne and Tori Waters of UMS-Wright tied for second shooting rounds of 88 to finish 10 strokes back. Noel Freeman of UMS-Wright was fourth with a 90.
Class 6A, Section 2 Girls
Helena High School posted a 290 team total to win the section title over runner-up Oxford (331). Third was Benjamin Russell (352). No other full teams participated.
Low medalist was Chelsea’s McKinley Baird, who shot an 8-over 80. Helena’s Macey Martin and Adaj Washington were next at 85 and 89, respectively. Emmalyne Zaiontz was next at 94.
All players on the top three teams qualified for the sub-state tournament next week the top four qualifiers from the rest of the field also qualified. In addition to Chelsea’s pair, Pelham’s Aleah Hayes (98) and Madison Maxwell (104) also qualified.
Class 6A, Section 3 Girls
Northridge golfer Caroline MacVicar posted a 3-under 69 to claim low medalist honors at the Section 3 tourney. Northridge won the section title with a team total 228. Kate MacVicar carded a 1-over 73 and Mary Katherine Lee round out the winners’ total with an 86.
Homewood was second at 312, followed by Clay-Chalkville (395) and Hueytown (418). McAdory’s Jordan Mize qualified as an individual with the third best round of the day, an 81. Hayley Morris of Brookwood finished fourth overall with an 83 to also qualify in one of the four individual spots.
Class 4A/5A, Section 1 Girls
Trinity Presbyterian shot a 33-over par 249 to win the team crown at the Section 1 golf tournament. Emma Pittman earned low medalist for Coach Tim Bethea’s Wildcats with a 2-over 74. Virginia Anne Holmes tied for second individually for Trinity with a 10-over 82. Demopolis’ Caroline Webb also carded and 82 to qualify as the top individual outside the top four teams.
St. Paul’s Episcopal was a distant second 81 strokes behind the Wildcats with a 330 total. LAMP was third at 424.
Class 1A/3A, Section 1 Girls
Providence Christian opened its bid for a third consecutive Class 1A/3A state girls’ golf championship with a 227 team total to win the Section 1 tourney. Lauren Thompson shot even par 72 and Allison Howard finished 2-over 74 for the Eagles – the two low rounds of the day. Teammate Emma Cox also had the third best round with an 81.
Cottage Hill Christian was second at 314. Bayside Academy (315) and Montgomery Academy (339) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Tori Roush shot an 84 for the Lady Admirals.
Class 1A/3A, Section 2 Girls
Altamont won the team title with 290 strokes. Pleasant Valley was second at 310 and Westminster of Oak Mountain finished third totaling 325. Yun Ya Fono of Altamont had the low round (94) and teammate Abby Love was next at 97.
Class 1A/2A, Section 3 Girls
Mars Hill Bible shot a 291 team total to in the Section 3 championship. Macie Henderson led the Panthers with a 92. Holy Spirit Catholic was second at 314 and Winfield finished third at 375.
Low medalist was individual qualifier Anna Claire Martin of Oakman, who shot a 91. Cold Springs’ Katie Salley also qualified with a 95 to finish third overall individually.
Class 3A, Section 1 Boys
Defending Class 3A state champion Houston Academy shot a team total 294, just 14 strokes over par, with Hal Dove turning in the best round of the day – at any section meet – with an 6-under 64 at Dothan Country Club as the Raiders advanced to next week’s AHSAA South 2 Sub-State Tourney scheduled for Arrowhead Golf Club in Montgomery. Par on the DCC course is 70. Matthew Streitman also had a 74 for Coach Kevin Klein’s Raiders.
Dove, a senior who won the Future Masters last summer, was two shots off the state playoff record of 62 shot by current Providence Christian senior Thomas Ponder in the 2018 section tourney and Eli Hodges of Russellville in the 2016 sectionals. J.M. O’Toole of Pinson Valley was the first to record a round of 62, finishing 10-under par in a regular season round in 2011.
St. Paul’s Episcopal golfer Kyle Cornelius shot a 63 in the 2016 state tourney, which was equaled by John Hilliard Cantanzaro of Westbrook Christian in 2017. William Sellers of Montgomery Academy (2012) and Gordon Sargent of Mountain Brook (2018) each had post-season rounds of 64.
T.R. Miller finished second to Houston Academy Monday was second at 328, Bayside Academy was third at 330 and Opp claimed the fourth qualifying team spot for next week’s sub-state round with a 344. Miller Hart paced the Tigers with a 73. Will Middleton’s 78 led Bayside and Landon Rogers shot a 78 for Opp. Mason Crowder’s 79 as Houston Academy’s sixth player topped the individual qualifiers.
In other golf sectionals Monday:
Class 7A, Section 2 Boys
Auburn won the Section 2 championship with a 300 team score. Central-Phenix City was runner-up at 323. Tanner Guthrie turned in the best round with a 2-under 70 for the Tigers. Parker Davis shot a 75 and Jack Stevens had a 77. Central was led by Jackson Williams and Nathan Bruce, each shooting 77.
Individual qualifiers for the sub-state tourney included Gibson Charlton of Enterprise and Charlie Shepherd of Auburn, who had rounds of 77 and 79, respectively.
Class 7A, Section 4 Boys
Huntsville’s Josh Carter shot a 1-under 71 to lead the Panthers to the Class 7A, Section 4 Golf Championship Monday. Coach John Bradshaw’s team finished 4-over 292 to beat runner-up James Clemens (299) by seven strokes. Connor Utley and Trent Trousdale each shot a 1-over 73 to complement his Panthers teammate while Austin Taylor and Morgan Slaton rounded out the foursome with 75s.
James Clemens was paced by Brooks McKeller, who captured low medalist with a 3-under 69. Teammate Jackson Mitchell was six strokes back at 75. Top individual qualifiers were Gadsden City’s Barnes Stacey and Will Partridge, who also turned in round of 75.
Class 6A, Section 2 Boys
Helena won the title with a 313 total. Benjamin Russell was second at 325. Also qualifying for the sub-state tourney next week were Chelsea (354) and Oxford (366), finishing third and fourth in the team standings.
Michael Fain led the winning Huskies with a 2-over 74. Calera’s Chase Nail also shot a 74 to advance to the sub-state tourney as one of four individual qualifiers. Pell City’s Tanner Wilder
also qualified with a 76. Benjamin Russell’s Matthew Cush and Helena’s Gabe Brooks also shot 76.
Class 6A, Section 3 Boys
Northridge, coached by Tyler Crane, shot a team total 296, just eight strokes over par, to win the section championship. Matthew Madden had a 2-under 70, followed by teammates Robert Cooper (74), Trey Cox (75) and Jackson Case (77).
Homewood was second with an even 300. Ford Goldasich earned low medalist honors with a 5-under 67 for the Patriots. Harrison Sims also shot a 75. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa finished third at 364, and Gardendale finished four just one strike back at 365.
Individual qualifiers Hunter Roberson of McAdory and Joshua Peters of Homewood finished with 73 and 76, respectively.
Class 5A, Section 1 Boys
UMS-Wright, which captured the Class 4A state golf title the last three years, captured the Class 5A, Section 1 golf championship with a 312 team total Monday. The Bulldogs of Coach Adam Boehm beat runner-up Charles Henderson (341) by 29 strokes. Both teams qualified for next week’s sub-state tourney. UMS-Wright moved up to Class 5A this season.
J.P. Cave, who won the Class 4A individual title in 2017, led the Bulldogs with a 4-over 76. Charles Henderson’s Griffin McCrary captured low medalist with a 3-over 75. Leading the four individual qualifiers were Nathaniel King of Citronelle and Brantley Scott of Rehobeth three shots back at 78. UMS-Wright’s Jordan Perloff also carded a 78.
Class 5A, Section 2 Boys
Briarwood Christian and Sylacauga each posted a 317 team score to tie for the Section 2 title. The Lions of Coach Fred Yancey were led by low medalist Andrew McCary, who came in one stroke over par at 73. Teammates Mason Will and Drew Schroeder each recorded rounds of 80.
The Aggies, coached by Greg Lane, were paced by Timber Carter, who was 3-over 75. Skiler Kirk and Konnor Knight each carded 80. Mortimer Jordan (335) and John Carroll Catholic (345) also qualified for next week’s sub-state tourney.
Ethan Deloney shot a 78 to pace the Blue Devils, and Campbell Farr’s 81 led the Cavaliers. Bibb County’s Andrew Miles and Chilton County’s Hunter Smith each shot a 76 to lead the individuals qualifying in the four extra sub-state spots.
Class 5A, Section 3 Boys
Southside-Gadsden turned in a team 308 score to win he section title over runner-up Etowah (328) by 20 strokes. Michael Rich led the Panthers of Coach Jake Nichols with a 1-over 73. Devin Downs also shot a 75. Eli Antisdel led Etowah with a 73.
Sardis (335) was third and Springville (353) finished fourth. The Tigers got a 77 from Jake Hobbs. Top individual qualifiers were A.J. Evans and Zack Calvert of Boaz, each carding an 87.
Class 5A, Section 4 Boys
Guntersville’s lineup were the epitome of consistency with the top four scorers, Paul Bryce, Trey Moore, John Bruce and John Martin Doyle, posting rounds of 77, 78, 78 and 79, respectively, as the Wildcats of Coach Dustin Landers won the Section 4 crown with a 312 total.
Russellville, which got rounds of 75 from Eric Boutwell and Brayden Bendall, was second at 317. Arab was third with 323 and Scottsboro clinched fourth place with a 334 total. Scottsboro’s Kyle Price had the low round of the tourney with an even-par 72. James Ed Johnson shot a 74 and Brooks Malone had a 75 to lead Arab.
Hamilton’s Blayne Armstrong led the individual qualifiers with a 77, and Brewer’s Brayden Nelson shot 78.
Class 4A, Section 1 Boys
Providence Christian, competing in Class 4A for the first tie, shot a 311 – just 23 strokes over par, to win the Section 1 title Monday. Thomas Ponder, who was the Class 3A state tourney low medalist in 2018, blistered the course for a 4-under 68 to lead Coach Emory Latta’s Eagles. Dax Holland-Weed also shot an even-par 72.
Andalusia was second at 326, followed by Trinity Presbyterian (340) and Montgomery Catholic (343). Catholic’s Grant Smith was one stroke behind Ponder with a 69. Andalusia’s Adam Kilpatrick fired a 76 and Trinity’s Ben Bricken’s 79 led Trinity’s Wildcats. LAMP’s Stewart Tankersly shot an 80 to lead the individuals qualifying for the sub-state tourney next week. LAMP teammate Andrew Weisenfeld also qualified with an 83. Tristan Conn of Holtville and Andrew Whang of Alabama Christian each shot 88 to grab the final two qualifying spots.
Class 4A, Section 2 Boys
Fayette County won the Section title with a 334 team score. Haleyville (354) was second, American Christian (357) was third and Oak Grove (382) clinched the fourth sub-state team qualifying spot. Jackson Doran led Fayette with a 78, the low round of the day overall. American Christian’s Davis Aaron was next with an 80, and Fayette County’s Noah Scott had an 81.
Class 4A, Section 3 Boys
White Plains’ Andrew Miller shot an even-par 72 to lead the Wildcats to the Section 3 crown with a 17-over 305 team total. Wesley Jenkins also had a 4-over 76, good enough for third in the individual rankings. Oneonta (315) finished second, Hokes Bluff (347) was third and Good Hope shot 392 to take the fourth qualify spot for the sub-state.
Will Patrick was two shots behind Miller with a 2-over 74 for the Redskins. Whit Plains’ Kenny Okins was fourth with a 77 and Oneonta’s Russell Boren fired a 78.
The four individuals to qualify outside the four teams were Austin Roberts of White Plains; Davin Young and Jayce Bryant of Oneonta; and John-Michael Norris of Ashville.
Class 4A, Section 4 Boys
Brooks High School, coached by Phillip Garrett, turned in a strong 8-over par 296 to beat runner-up Randolph (311) by 15 strokes. Madison Academy finished third at 330 and Deshler was the fourth sub-state qualifier at 338.
Justin Olive led the winning Lions with an even-par 72 to earn low medalist. He was followed by teammates Zach Ashley (73), Paten Junkin (74), Luke Dolan (77) and Ree Rollison (77). Randolph’s Charles Warren and Madison Academy’s Teagan Miller were also 1-over 73, and West Morgan’s Walker Smith had a 5-over 77 to lead the four individual sub-state qualifiers.
Class 3A, Section 3 Boys
Westbrook Christian shot a 316 team score to win the Section 3 crown. William Wethington and Jackson Bowman tied for the low medalist honors with identical 1-over 73s for the Warriors of Coach Jay Bowman.
Glencoe was second at 360, Weaver third at 394 and Geraldine finished fourth at 495. Brock McNeely shot an 81 to pace Glencoe. Ethan Floyd of Piedmont led the individual qualifiers with an 87.
Class 3A, Section 4 Boys
Lauderdale County won the Section 4 title with a 361 team total. Westminster Christian was second at 392, followed by Lexington (408) and Phil Campbell (469). Low medalist honors went to John Darracott of Lauderdale County, who registered an 80. Finishing second was Alec Davis of Lexington, who was five shots off the pace with an 85. Parker Todd of Westminster with third at 86.
Class 1A/2A, Section 1 Boys
Brantley won the Section 1 championship with a 350 team total. Jake Kilcrease led the Bulldogs with a 4-over 77 to earn low medalist honors. Elba was second with a 397 and Elberta finished third shooting 406.
Elba’s John Mark Wilson was second shooting 82. Luke Kilcrease of Brantley and individual qualifier Steven Ikner of J.B. Blacksher each shot 84.
Class 1A/2A, Section 2 Boys
Defending state champion Donoho captured the Section 3 crown as Jacob Lecroy shot a 4-under 68 to lead the Falcons to a team total 321. Teammate Holden Abernathy had a 74. Altamont (352) was second and Ohatchee (430) finished third. Vinay Yerramsetti had an 81 to pace the Knights.
Miles Fincher of Vincent was third overall with a 77 to earn the top individual qualifying spot. Peyton Bradley of Sacred Heart Catholic also qualified for the sub-state with a round of 81.
Class 1A/2A, Section 4 Boys
North Sand Mountain posted a 345 team total to win the section title. No other school fielded a full team. Hunter Vest shot an 81 to lead the Thundering Herd of Coach Tracy Vest. The NSM scoring was rounded out by Jordan Moon, Noah Higdon and Jarrett Hill, each shooting an 88.
Lane Head of Valley Head had the top round with a 5-under 67 to earn low medalist honors. Cedar Bluff’s Mark Sawyer and Nick Sawyer were right behind at 70 and 72, respectively, and Lindsay Lane’s Kyle Davis shot a 77. All four qualified for the sub-state tourney as individuals.
AHSAA Spring Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Senior hurdler Jalen Aibogun led Center Point High School to its third straight Jefferson County Track and Field Meet Championship to earn this week’s AHSAA Spring Spotlight for the sports of track and field, golf and tennis.
Aibogun won three events as the Eagles of Coach Preston Wilson won the title over a 12-team Jeffco field that included Clay-Chalkville, Shades Valley, Pinson Valley, Gardendale and Mortimer Jordan. Aibogun totaled 30 points winning the 110-meter high hurdles, 300-meter intermediate hurdles and the 400-meter dash.
Sophomore Ambria James captured first place in the shot put and took third place in discus throw to score 16 points as Center Point took the girls’ Jeffco title for the second year in a row. The roster for Coach Terress Long features only one senior and a strong sophomore class of 19 girls.
Quienterrius Tanksley also captured the discus event for Center Point’s boys and finished second in the shot. Kobe Collier won the high jump and the 4x400-meter relay team comprised of Lyric Lawson, Jabril Muhammad, Michael Jones and Kenyon Anthony finished third.
The Lady Eagles got a boost from Brandy Jamfi, who finished second in the 3,200 meters and anchored the winning 4x800 relay team.
The Jefferson County Championships was an excellent tune-up for all the Jeffco schools with AHSAA Section track meets set for the weekend of Apr. 25-26-27.
Other top performances reported in track, golf and tennis include:
OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Mountain Brook’s Sargent, Randolph’s Morard Each Shoot 64 to pace the 80th AHSAA State Golf Tourney
MUSCLE SHOALS – Mountain Brook shot a blistering 19-under 269 as a team Monday at the Robert Trent Jones Shoals Golf Club’s “Fighting Joe” course to take an 11-stroke lead over defending Class 7A state champion Spain Park after the first round of the 80th annual AHSAA State Golf Championships.
Gordon Sargent fired an 8-under 64 for the best round of the day -- and tying for the second lowest round in the tournament’s long history. John Hilliard Cantanzaro of Westbrook Christian shot a 63 last year and Kyle Cornelius of St. Paul’s Episcopal had a 63 in 2016 for the low rounds.
On the girls’ side, sophomore Michaela Morard equaled Sargent’s low round with a girls’ state tourney record 64 in the Class 4A/5A girls’ division. Morard, who was low medalist for Huntsville in the 7A tourney in 2015 and 2016, sat out last season after transferring to Randolph School.
The Spartans were red hot with William Wann and Reynolds Lambert shooting 67 and Mac Scott a 1-under 71 to round out the Mountain Brook’s top four. Ethan Hagood shot a 67 and Nick Dunlap 70 to pace the Jaguars. McGill-Toolen was third at 4-over 292 and Auburn was three back at 295.
Price Brown shot a 69 for McGill. Thirteen of the 24 golfers shot par or better with the highest score of the day just 79.
The 36-hole state tourney for all classes concludes Tuesday.
Class 6A Boys
Defending state champion Muscle Shoals totaled 8-over 296 Monday to take the first day lead at the Class 6A state tourney at The Shoals. Homewood was two strokes back at 298, Fort Payne shot 311 and Benjamin Russell 313 to round out the team scoring.
Fort Payne’s Dawson Garrett shot 5-under 67 for the low round of the day in Class 6A. Patrick Minor of Jasper was three shots back at 2-under 70, Muscle Shoals’ Thomas Regan and Homewood’s Jack Goldasich were 3 strokes back at 1-under 71.
Class 5A Boys
Russellville’s Josh Boutwell and Brooks’ Justin Olive each fired 4-under 68 Monday to lead the field after day one of the AHSAA’s Class 5A boys golf tournament being held at the Robert Trent Jones Shoals Golf Club’s Schoolmaster Course in Muscle Shoals. St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Will McFadden was one shot back with a 3-under 69 and Saints teammate Blake Bahos carded an even par 72.
Defending St. Paul’s shot 11-over 299 to take the first-day lead of the 36-hole tournament which concludes Tuesday. Russellville was nine strokes back at 308, followed by Briarwood Christian (318) and Scottsboro (318).
Classes 7A, 6A, 4A and 3A boys and all girls’ divisions were still on the course Monday afternoon at 2:30.
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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).
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