Monday, January 27, 2020






Defending Champs Mountain Brook Hold 6-Stroke 7A After Day one of 71st AHSAA State Golf Tourney

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.
      Complete results can be  found art:
    In the other classification tourney highlights Monday:

    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.

   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.

   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.


   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.

    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.

    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.

   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.

   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.

     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.


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