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Straughn’s Brooks Rabren Blisters Course with 5-under 66 As 67th AHSAA State Golf Championships Complete Round 1

 

    MOBILE –  Straughn High School senior Brooks Rabren shot a 5-under-par 66 Monday at Mobile’s Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Grove Golf Course to set finish the day as the leader in all classes as the 67th annual AHSAA State Golf Championships got underway.
     Seven individuals shot sub-70 rounds in the boys’ competition Monday, and 2014 Class 6A champion Virginia Green of Fairhope blistered the Mobile course with a 5-under 67 to pace the girls’ three divisions. Her round also bettered the previous girls’ state tournament record (68) shared by three golfers including Green herself (2013). Haley Wilson of Central-Phenix City also had a 68 in 2007 and Cottage Hill Christian’s Gabi Oubre shot 68 in 2010.
    Green’s record-setting round gave her a one-stroke lead over Emily Lankford of Huntsville, who shot a 68, who tied the old record on Monday.
     Rabren’s round was one shot better than Frost Walker’s 67 shot for Shades Valley at the 1957 state championships 52 years ago when the meet was just 18 holes. It gives him a 3-shot lead over senior Walker Carr of St. James in the Class 4A boys’ competition heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes.  Carr shot a 69 to help the Trojans take a first-day team at 18-over 302.   UMS-Wright is second at 305 and White Plains is third with 314.
   Rabren won the 3A individual championship in 2013.
   All classifications were in at 5:30 except Class 6A boys and Class 6A-7A girls.   
Class 1A-2A Boys
   
St. Luke’s Episcopal shot an even-par 288 as a team with senior Payton Massey setting the pace with a 3-under 68. Teammate Drew Mathers, a junior, was right behind with a 2-under 69.  Providence Christian’s Thomas Ponder also carded a sub-par round of 70 to help Providence Christian close the day in second play 12 shots behind at 300.
Class 3A Boys
  
William Buhl of Bayside Academy, the defending 3A state champion, carded a 69 to pace the 3A field. Bayside shot 311 as a team to trail Westbrook Christian (301) by 12 strokes.  Westbrook sophomore John Catanzaro, who fired a competitive round of 64 earlier in the season, shot a 73 to pace the leaders.
    Jack Sims of Glencoe was three shots off the lead at 72.
Class 5A Boys
  
St. Paul’s Episcopal led Russellville by one stroke after 18 holes, 308-309.  Junior Reagan Harrell of Guntersville, who was co-individual champion in Class 4A in 2013, shot an even-par 71 to take a one-stroke lead over North Jackson’s Garrett Johnson, who had a 72.
Class 6A Boys
   Spanish Fort finished 8-over 292 to take a five-stroke lead into Tuesday’s final round over Hartselle (297). Briarwood was third at 301. John Hayden of Briarwood and Charles Wood of Spanish Fort tied for the individual lead with low rounds of 69 each.  William Walker of Northridge was third just two shots back at even-par 71.
Class 7A Boys
    Mountain Brook junior Jonathan Eyster and Spain Park senior Patrick Martin each finished 3-under at 68 to deadlock for the individual lead after the first day’s action.  Vestavia Hills’ Chris Hughes was two strokes back at 70.
    The Spartans were 9-over for the day to take the team lead. McGill-Toolen trailed Mountain Brook by 13 strokes at 306, Vestavia Hills and Fairhope were 15 back at 308.
Class 6A-7A Girls
 
Green’s 67 was the talk of the clubhouse in the Class 6A-7A division. Emily Lankford of Huntsville came in at 4-under 68 to trail by one shot heading into Tuesday’s final round. Mychael O’Berry of Hoover and  Michaela Morard of Huntsville finished two strokes back with 3-under 69’s. Micheala Williams of Athens as second in clubhouse at 70 with several competitors still on the course.
    Hoover led the team competition after day one with 3-under 219. Huntsville was second at 223, Auburn third at 233 and Muscle Shoals, fourth, at 234.
Class 1A-3A Girls
   
Glencoe rolled in with a team 246 to build a five-stroke lead over Westbrook Christian Monday. Winfield was third at 261.  Senior Hope Bishop of Glencoe was the individual leader shooting a 2-over 74. Molly Norris of Winfield and Stephanie Fowler of American Christian were each seven shots back at 81.
Class 4A-5A Girls
  
White Plains shot a team 229, 13 shots over par, to lead the team competition.  Alexandria was nine shots back at 238.  Senior Hannah Sager fired a 1-under 71 to take the individual lead. Northridge’s Karlee Allen was one back at 72 and Layne Dyer of White Plains was four strokes back at 74.



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