Monday, January 27, 2020






Defending Champs Mountain Brook Rolls to 3rd Straight 7A Title at 71st AHSAA State Golf Tourney

10 Team Champs Crowned Tuesday at RTJ Capitol Hill at Prattville

   PRATTVILLE – Two-time defending Class 7A State champion Mountain Brook High School made it three in a row Tuesday with a second-round 7-over 295 to capture the large-school boys state title with a 588 team total.  McGill-Toolen Catholic finished 11 strokes back at 599, Vestavia Hills was 13 strokes back with a 601 and Fairhope took fourth at 615.
The 71st AHSAA State Golf Championships were held at the Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill Golf Club at Prattville.
      The 36-hole tournament concluded Tuesday with Mountain Brook (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), UMS-Wright (5A), Brooks (4A), Houston Academy (3A) and North Sand Mountain (1A/2A) won boys’ state crowns. Auburn (7A), Northridge (6A), Randolph (4A/5A) and Providence Christian (1A/3A) won girls’ state titles.
      Thomas Ponder of Providence Christian had the low round of all classifications Monday and Tuesday, following his 4-under 68 with a 7-under 65 and ended the tourney 11-under 133 to capture overall low medalist honors. Providence finished second in the 4A boys’ championship race by one stroke to Brooks. Randolph’s Michaela Morard shot a 6-under 66 top all the girls’ competition with a 9-under 135 to in Class 4A/5A.
    Mountain Brook’s team total (588) tied Class 3A state champion Houston Academy as the low team score of all classes.    
     Vestavia Hills High School’s Austin Coggin had the top 7A round Tuesday shooting 4-under 68 to earn low medalist honors with a 5-under 139 total over the both rounds. Reynolds Lambert and Gordon Sargent of Mountain Brook tied for second at 1-under 143. Lambert had a 71 Tuesday and Sargent shot a 71.First-day leader and 2018 low medalist William Wann shot 5-over 77 after a first-round 69 and was tied for fifth with McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Price Brown at 2-over 146.
      Complete results can be  found at:
    In the other classification tourney results Tuesday:

    Defending Class 6A state champion Muscle Shoals recorded a team 10-over 298 Tuesday to close at 603 to win the state title for the second year in a row.  Homewood was 36 strokes back at 639, Gulf Sores was third at 643 and Benjamin Russell was fourth at 645.  
     Fort Payne’s Harrison Davis was 1-under at 71 Monday and followed with an even-par 72 to earn low medalist at 1-under 143. Homewood’s Ford Goldasich had a 73 Tuesday and closed at 1-over 145 to finish second. Fort Payne’s Dawson Garrett was third at 149 and , Muscle Shoals’ Hunter Battles, Sam Gargis and Thomas Regan were tied with three others at 150 to lead the Trojans’ effort.

   UMS-Wright, the Class 4A champions the last three years, captured the Class 5A state championship with a 628 total. Guntersville was second with 644, Sylacauga third at 651 and Russellville was  fourth with a 660 total.
    J.P. Cave was low medalist shooting even par 72 Tuesday to close at 147 for the Bulldogs. It was his second low medalist title in three years. The first game in 2017 in Class 4A. Citronelle’s Nathaniel King also finished strong, shooting 1-0ver 73 to finish second in the 5A competition at 153. Jasper’s Patrick Minor was tied for third with Jaceton Murray of Russellville at 156.

     Brooks trailed Providence Christian by one stroke 318-319 after day but rallied to capture school’s first state golf title since 2000 with a second-round team total of 313 – two strokes better than PCA. The Lions finished with a 632 and Providence was one shot back at 633.  White Plains was third with a 649 and Fayette County finished fourth at 694.
    Providence Christian senior Thomas Ponder shot the low round of all participants Tuesday with a 7-under 65 and finished the tourney at 11-under 133 to take overall low-medalist honors. Oneonta’s Will Patrick was three strokes back with a 68 Tuesday and took second place individually in the 4A competition at 4-under 140.  American Christian’s Davis Aaron was third at 151 and Brooks’ Zach Ashley was fourth at 155. Lions teammate Justin Olive improved his first-day round of 81 by six strokes to close at 3-over 75 and was tied for fifth overall with White Plains’ Kenny Okins at 156.


   Defending state champion Houston Academy finished 12-over 588 for tourney to capture the 3A state golf championship for the second year in a row. Westbrook Christian was second with 650, T.R. Miller finished third at 668 and Glencoe was fourth with a 746 team total.
     Senior Hal Dove led the Raiders from start to finish shooting a 2-under 70 Tuesday to claim low medalist honors with  two-day total 142. Westbrook Christian’s William Wethington shot a 74 Tuesday and finished second with a 147 total.  Houston Academy’s Emmett Lee also shot 2-under 70 Tuesday and wound up third at 148. The Raiders also took fourth and  fifth place individually with Matthew Streitman and Jake McDonald both shooting 1-over 73 to finish at 149 and 150, respectively.

    North Sand Mountain captured the Thundering Herd’s first AHSAA State Golf Championship with a team  710 over the two days of competition. Defending Class 1A/2A state champ Donoho was second at 725. Brantley finished third at 797. 
   Donoho’s Jacob LeCroy shot a 2-under 70 and finished at 146 for the 36 holes to earn low medalist honors. Red Bay’s Codey Cleveland, the 1A/2A first day leader, improved to a 1-over 73 but finished second at 148.  Cedar Bluff’s Nicholas Sawyer also shot a 73 Tuesday to finish third at 151.   Hunter Vest paced North Sand Mountain with an 81 and finished seventh overall at 167.


    Defending state champion Auburn improved Monday’s round of 244 by one stroke to close at 487 and the Tigers won their second straight class 7A state girls’ title. Enterprise was second with 502, Huntsville was third at 511 and Hoover finished fourth with a 527 total.
     Elizabeth Preus had  two straight rounds of 75 to finish the tourney 6-over at 150 to earn 7A low medalist honors. Enterprise’s Ashley Curtis, Auburn’s Morgan Jones and Enterprise’s Emilia Smith each finished tied for second at 151. Jones had the low round overall Tuesday shooting 2-over 74.

Northridge won its second straight Class 6A state championship with a team total 490. UMS-
Wright was second at 505, Muscle Shoals third at 526 and Spanish Fort finished fourth at 656.
   UMS-Wright’s Lauren Gilchrist posted a 1-under 71 to close at 2-over 146 and earned Class 6A low medalist. First-day leader Northridge’s Caroline MacVicar shot a 77 Tuesday and finished second at 149. Her sister Kate MacVicar had a round of 76 and finished fourth with a 156 total.

   Randolph senior Michaela Morard, who won the individual state championship in Class 7A for Huntsville High School in 2015 and 2016, blistered the Capitol Course at Prattville with a 6-under 66 Tuesday and closed with a 135 for the two 18-hole rounds to earn low medalist honors in Class 4A/5A as well as overall for the four girls’ divisions.
    Randolph posted a 455 total to win the 4A/5A girls’ crown over defending champion Northside by 10 strokes. The Rams shot a 465.  Trinity Presbyterian was third at 505 and Arab, fourth with a 524.
    Erika Allen of Northside, the 4A/5A defending individual champ, was 1-under at 71 Tuesday to finished second at 146. Her sister Karlee Allen was third at 154 – carding a 76 Tuesday. Trinity’s Emma Pittman shot 2-over 74 to close at 155 and fourth place.

     Providence Christian won the Class 1A/3A state championship for the  third year in a row with two-day total 473. Bayside Academy was second at 578, followed by Glencoe at 612 and Mars Hill Bible at 615.
   Providence Christian’s Lauren Thompson turned in the low round of the 1A/3A competition with a 5-under 67 and earned low medalist honors at 146. Her 67 was the second lowest score of all girls’ competition Tuesday. Her teammate Allison Howard finished second overall at 154, and Pike Road’s Yvette Gorden closed with a 75 Tuesday and two-day 161 to finish third.

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