Sunday, February 23, 2020






Senior Hal Dove Shoots 8-under 64 to lead Defending 3A Champs to Section 1 Boys’ Title

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.

lass 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.


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