Monday, January 27, 2020






Huntsville Junior Sarah Utley Posts a 63 for Lowest Girls’ Playoff Round in AHSAA History

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.

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