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Russellville’s Eli Hodges Shoots Record-Tying 62 to Lead Tigers to Section Golf Title

     Russellville senior Eli Hodges shot an AHSAA record-tying 62 Monday at Cullman’s Chelsey Oaks Golf Course to lead the Golden Tigers to the Class 5A, Section 4 boys’ golf championship. Hodges, who is heading to the University of North Alabama next fall, shot 32 on the front nine and 30 on the back nine – registering eight birdies and one eagle, which came on the par 4 11th hole.
     Coach Ryan Brewer’s team finished 4-under 280 on the par-71 course.  Senior Joshua Seal also shot 2-under 69, seventh grader Eric Boutwell had a 73 and senior Triston Tubb shot a 76 to round out the top four scores for Russellville.
      Hodges’ 62 tied the record round set by J.M. O’Toole of Pinson Valley in 2011 during the regular season. Robby Shelton of St. Paul’s and Glenn Northcutt of Houston Academy carded rounds of 63 in 2012 and 2004, respectively.
     Guntersville finished second at 295, followed by Fairview (318) and Douglas (324).
     Douglas’ Anthony Lumpkin turned in a 4-under 67, and Guntersville’s Morton Holcomb and Reagan Harrell carded 71 and 73, respectively. The top four teams and next four individual golfers advance to the sub-state tournament next week.
     In other boys’ section golf action reported to the AHSAA this week:
CLASS 7A, SECTION 1: John Racciatti’s 3-under 69 led McGill-Toolen to a 295 total and the Section 1 championship. Brent Wright also shot a 73 for the Yellow Jackets. Fairhope was second at 308. Jack Henson of Fairhope and J. Michael Riley of Davidson also shot 75’s.
CLASS 7A, SECTION 2: Auburn won the Section 2 team competition with a 297 total.  Enterprise was second at 328.  Low medalist honors were shared by Connor Newton and David Baker of Coach Billy Ramsay’s winning Tigers.   Addison Nix also had a 2-over 74. Branson Francisco carded a 79 for the Wildcats’ best score.
CLASS 7A, SECTION 3: Conley Miller carded a 75 to lead Spain Park to the section team title by one stroke over Vestavia Hills. The Jaguars totaled 310 with Reed Hereford shooting 77, and Landon Conner shooting 78.  Vestavia Hills shot a team 311 with Chris Hughes carding the best round of the day, an even par 72.
    Harlon Winn of Mountain Brook and Harrison Mink of Oak Mountain each shot a 75.
CLASS 7A, SECTION 4: 
Grissom won the section title with a team 287 with Ryan Rutherford shooting a 68 to lead Coach Jake Moran’s Tigers. Brendan Keller also had a 71, Chase McClelland, 72, and John Kramer, 76.  Huntsville was second at 304. Wesley Clemons and James Buchanan each carded a 75 for the Panthers. Bob Jones’ Austin Chandler shot a 72 to round out the top scorers.
CLASS 6A, SECTION 3: Homewood won the team championship with a 4-over 292 team total.  Connor Doyal shot a 4-under 68 for Coach Keat Litton’s Patriots. Jack Goldasich added a 73, Jack Poole, 75, and Ben Harris, 76. 
     John Carroll Catholic was second at 309, Northridge followed at 322, and Walker was fourth at 334.  Trey Rose of Northridge earned low medalist honors with a 5-under 67. Nick Welden of John Carroll shot a 73 and Chase Williams of Walker, 74.
CLASS 6A, SECTION 2: Pell City won the team championship with a 315 total. Benjamin Russell was second at 332, Chilton County (352) was third and Pinson Valley (355), fourth.  Tucker Wilder shot a 2-over 74 for the winning Panthers to earn low medalist.  Turner Wilder also had a 78, and Logan Bowman had a 79 for Coach Wayne Lee’s team.
    Sawyer Scott of Benjamin Russell and Pinson Valley’s John Dobbs also carded 79.
CLASS 5A, SECTION 1: St. Paul’s Episcopal took first place and Alabama Christian was second. No individual results were received.
CLASS 5A, SECTION 3: Etowah won the team competition with a 333 total.   Tee Brown led the Blue Devils with an 80.
     Mortimer Jordan was second at 338, Hayden followed at 345 and Sylacauga was fourth with a 348.   Low medalist honors belonged to Garrett Johnson of Mortimer Jordan, who shot a 6-under 66. Sylacauga’s Hayden Simpkins was second over with a 77.
CLASS 4A, SECTION 3: White Plains shot a team 315 to win the Section 3 championship at Silver Lakes Golf Club. Oneonta shot a 326 to finish second and DAR was third at 365, finishing just one stroke ahead of fourth-place Hokes Bluff (366).
     Layton Bussey’s 74 was the best single round overall. Coleman Hayes also had a 78 for White Plains.  Will Patrick of Oneonta also shot a 75, Matt Johnson of North Jackson carded 77 and Easton Jones of DAR had a 78.
CLASS 3A, SECTION 1: Bayside Academy’s William Buhl fired an 8-under 64 to lead the Admirals to the section team championship. Coach Mark Lasseter’s team shot 316 to win by 36 strokes over Montgomery Academy (352). T.R. Miller was third at 357 and Opp shot 371. Buhl’s 64 tied for third lowest score on record in the AHSAA.
      Henry Wise also shot 79 for Bayside. 
CLASS 3A, SECTION 2:
Indian Springs shot a 301 to win the section title by 47 strokes over runner-up Susan Moore (348).  Indian Springs junior Varun Yerramsetti was low medalist with a 71.  Chandler Pulliam added a 73 and Hal Rogers, a 76. Dawson Faust of Holly Pond shot 77.
CLASS 3A, SECTION 3: Westbrook Christian shot a 2-over 290 to win the team title. Junior J.H. Cantanzaro led the Warriors of Coach Misti Fairchild with a 3-under 69 at the Silver Lakes Golf Course to earn low medalist. Freshman William Weatherington also shot 71, Harrison Martin and Jackson Bowman, 75 each for Westbrook.
    Glencoe was runner-up at 303 with Jackson Sims shooting a 1-under 71. Geraldine, third at 334, was led by Logan Forrester’s 73.
CLASS 3A, SECTION 4:
West Morgan shot a 311 to claim the Section 4 championship. Brindlee Mountain was second at 375, followed by Madison Academy (380) and Lauderdale County (391).
     Dakota Terry’s 5-under 67 led West Morgan and earned low medalist honors.   Dalton Lindsey also had a 78 for Coach Samuel Wallace’s team.
     Clements’ Matt Smith had the second best round shooting 74.
CLASS 1A/2A, SECTION 2: Holy Spirit of Tuscaloosa scored a 346 total to win the section championship.  Nick Shore led the Titans with a 76, followed by Ben Dever’s 79.   Altamont’s Mitch Hungerpiller shot 77 to help the Knights (353) claim runner-up. Cleveland was third and West End fourth.
    Jacob Wigington of Shades Mountain Christian also shot a 77 to lead the individual qualifiers advancing to the sub-state round next week.
CLASS 1A/2A, SECTION 3:
Donoho shot a 309 and Fyffe had a 354 to finish 1-2 in the team scoring.  Section was third.   Jacob LeCroy of Donoho was low medalist with a 2-under 70. Teammate Ross Swann had a 76 and Fyffe’s Chad Gray also shot a 76.
CLASS 1A/2A, SECTION 4: Decatur Heritage’s John Reese Hamn fired a 2-under 70 to lead the Eagles to the Section 4 title. Coach John LeBlanc’s team shot 297 to win by 29 strokes over runner-up Mars Hill Bible.  Mac Murphy also shot a 72 and Sam Murphy 74 for Decatur Heritage.
     Cody Maddox shot even-par 72 to spark Marion County to a third-place finish (336).  Ike Alexander paced second-place Mars Hill with a 74, and teammate John Moody carded a 75.




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