Sunday, February 16, 2020






At 80th AHSAA State Golf Tourney Mountain Brook Shoots 32-under Par as a Team To Capture the Boys Class 7A State Golf Title

   MUSCLE SHOALS - Mountain Brook shot a 13-under 275 in round two of the 80th annual AHSAA State Golf Championships Tuesday to finish 32 strokes under par with a team total 544 to win the Class 7A boys title over rival and defending state champion Spain Park. The RTJ’s Shoals Golf Club hosted the tourney.
 . The Jaguars finished 20 strokes back with a 280-284-564 total. McGill-Toolen Catholic was third at 584 and Auburn fourth with 587.
    Spartans’ teammates William Wann and Gordon Sargent tied for the low medalist honors with 36-hole totals of 11-under 133. Sargent, a freshman, followed Monday’s 64 with a 3-under 69 and Wann, a junior, shot a 67 Monday and a 66, the lowest 7A round Tuesday. Both tied the state tourney record for 36 holes. Spain Park’s Patrick Martin and Straughn’s Brooks Rabren each shot 133 at the 2015 state tourney and St. Paul’s Robby Shelton had a 133 at the 2013 championships.
    Also winning boys’ championships Tuesday were Muscle Shoals (6A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A), UMS-Wright (4A), Houston Academy (3A) and Donoho (1A/2A). Girls’ state champions included Auburn (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), Northside (4A/5A) and Providence Christian (1A/3A).
    Rounding out Coach Alex Lockett’s Mountain Brook total were junior Reynolds Lambert (67-70-137) and sophomore Mac Scott (71-70-141). Spain Park’s Ethan Hagood was two shots back of the leaders with a 67-68--135 total.
     The championship was the seventh boys’ title for the Spartans.
Muscle Shoals captured the championship a 296-285-581 total. Homewood as second just six strokes behind at 298-289-587. Benjamin Russell had 615 and Fort Payne shot 621.
    Thomas Regan fired a 7-under 65 to lead all classes with the low round Tuesday. The Muscle Shoals golfer was low 6A medalist with an 8-undrer 71-65-136 total. Jack Goldasich of Homewood was second with a 68 Tuesday and 139 total. Hunter Battles of Muscle Shoals had a 3-under 69 to finish with a 142 and Dawson Payne of Fort Payne followed Monday’s 67 round with a 77 and a 144 total.
   St. Paul’s Episcopal captured the school’s 12th state boys’ golf championship overall with a 9-over par 596 team total. Russellville was second at 624, Briarwood Christian third with 627 and Scottsboro finished fourth with a 666 team total.
   Justin  Olive of Brooks shot a 68-70-138 for the tourney to earn low medalist honors. His 2-under 70 Tuesday was the low round of the competition on the final day. Will McFadden shot a 69-71-140 to finish second for the Saints.
    Russellville’s Eric Boutwell followed Monday’s 68 with a 77 and finished third overall at 145.
UMS-Wright extended its state championship state record to 24 overall with 297-292 and 581 total overall to win the 4A team title. White Plains was 53 shots back at 634 to finish second, followed by Madison Academy (678) and Haleyville (696).
   Low medalist was Oneonta’s Cole Davidson, who had a 66 on day one and a 70 Tuesday for an 8-under 136 total. Andrew Graves led the winning Bulldogs with a 69-72 141 total to finish second. Oneonta’s Will Patrick was third shooting the best round Tuesday with a 5-under 67 to finish at 144.
Houston Academy duplicated Monday’s 4-over 292 round with another 292 for a 584 total to win the Class 3A state championship over Dothan rival and defending state champion Providence Christian. Ironically, the Eagles also shot identical rounds of 304 to finish 24 strokes back at 608 and took second place.
    Glencoe was third at 808 and Pleasant Valley was fourth at 915.
    Providence Christian’s Thomas Ponder earned low medalist with a two-day 3-under 139 total. He shot 70 Tuesday. Houston Academy’s Hal Dove and Jake McDonald were right behind at 140 and 141 with rounds of 70 and 71, respectively, Tuesday.  Clements’ Matt Smith had a 3-under 69 for Tuesday’s best 3A round and closed at 142 for fourth place just three shots back.
    Donoho’s Jacob LeCroy fired a 69 Monday and followed with 2-under 70 on Tuesday to lead the Falcons to the Class 1A/2A state team title. His 139 total earned low medalist honors.  Donoho finished at 614 with Westbrook Christian second at 650, followed by Vincent (709) and Brantley (739).
   Westbrook’s Williams Wethington had a 68 Tuesday for the best round of the day in his class and finished second overall at 3-under 141. Dylan Moulton of Kinston also had a 70 Tuesday and was three shots off the pace at 2-under 142. Codey Cleveland of Red Bay also finished at 142 with a 1-over 73 in the final round.
  Auburn shot a team round of 222 Tuesday to finish with a 13-over 445 team total and edged Hoover by one stroke for the 7A girls’ state crown. The Bucs also shot a 222 to finish at 445.  Spain Park was third at 469 and McGill-Toolen, fourth with 503.
    Caroline Waldrop of Spain Park had a 3-under 69 to finish with a 1-under 143 total and low medalist honors. Morgan Jones of Auburn shot back-to-back rounds of 72 to finish one shot off the pace at 144. Carron McKie of Hoover shot a 73 on the final round and also finished with a 144.
    Muscle Shoals won the state title with a 239-232--471 to finish 23 strokes ahead of runner-up Hartselle (494). Oxford was third at 560 and Homewood fourth with 608.
    Mikayla Dubnik of Hartselle captured low medalist honors with a 2-under 70 Tuesday and two-day 142 total. Caroline MacVicar of Northridge shot even par 72 and was second overall at 146. Anna Margaret Hays of Muscle Shoals shot two straight rounds of 74 to finish third at 148.
    Erika Allen of Northside shot a 7-under par 65 to edge two-time state champion Michaela Morard of Randolph by one stroke 136-137 to capture the Class 4A/5A girls’ individual state title. Morard, who on the 7A state crown in 2015 and 2016 while attending Huntsville High School, led after day one shooting a girls’ state tourney record 64. She carded 1-over 73 Tuesday to finish with the third best round of the 4A/5A competition. Robyn Blakey of Leeds, who finished fourth overall at 154,  had an even-par 72.
    Allen finished 8-under for the tourney and Morard was 7-under. 
    Northside’s Karlee Allen was third overall with 76-76--152.
    Providence Christian shot a final round 236 to claim the 1A/3A state championship with a two-day 475 total. Bayside Academy was 23 shots back at 498 to take second, followed by Clements (578) and Glencoe (629) to round out the team scoring.
    Providence was anchored by Allison Howard and Lauren Thompson, who finished 1-2 in the individual competition. Howard finished with a 75 Tuesday and 149 overall. Thompson shot back-to-back rounds of 75 and was second at 150. Lauren Cole of Glencoe and Tori Rouse of Bayside tied for third at 153.

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