68th AHSAA State Golf Championships Westbrook Christian’s Catanzaro Shoots 66 to Lead Red-Hot Field after 18 Holes


    HUNTSVILLE – Westbrook Christian junior John Catanzaro shot a 6-under 66 Monday to lead the individual field, and Spain Park High School blistered Hampton Cove Golf Club’s course for a 3-under team 285 Monday to turn in the best team score as the first round of the AHSAA 68th annual Golf Championships concluded.
    Huntsville’s Hampton Cove, one of tourist favorites on the state’s Robert Trent Jones Trail, was no match for Catanzaro, who helped Westbrook build an 11-shot lead in Class 3A with a team 303. A host of golfers, including seven in Class 7A turned in par or better over the first 18 holes.
    The state championships will conclude Tuesday with the final round of the 36-hole tournament – with state champions to be crowned in six boys’ divisions and three girls divisions.
     Senior Thomas Luther led Coach Brian Carter’s Jaguars with a 3-under 69 – but held a slim 1-stroke lead over Auburn junior Addison Nix, who fired a 2-under 70. Spain Park senior Conley Miller and sophomore Landon Carner shot 71 and 72 while sophomore Reed Hereford was 1-over at 73 to round out the Jags’ team total.
     Senior Harrison Mink of Oak Mountain and Vestavia Hills freshman Austin Coggin also shot a 70, followed by Mountain Brook senior Harlan Winn’s 71.
     Fairhope trailed Spain Park by 12 strokes despite a solid 9-over 297 team total. Auburn was one stroke back at 298 and Vestavia Hills closed at 301.
    Mars Hill Bible junior Ike Alexander, Mortimer Jordan senior Garrett Johnson and Gulf Shores senior Matt Lorenz also carded 2-under 69’s in the first round Monday in Class 1A/2A, 5A and 6A, respectively.
    In the girls’ competition, eighth grader Michaela Morard shot the best round of the day, 4-under 68, to lead the girls’ 6A/7A competition. She won last year’s low medalist honors with a 7-under 137 total.
    Complete results can be found at the following link: http://www.alabamagolf.org/ahsaa-championships.
    A recap of the first-day action in all divisions is below.

   Providence Christian of Dothan held a 14-stroke lead over city rival Houston Academy after Monday’s first round. The Eagles fired a 13-over 301 and the Raiders were 27 strokes over at 315. Decatur Heritage was third at 318 and Donoho, fourth, at 339.
     Mars Hill Bible junior Ike Alexander fired a 3-under 69 to take the 1A/2A individual lead heading into Tuesday’s final round.  Hal Dove of Houston Academy was right behind at even-par 72.  St. Luke’s Episcopal’s Thomas Ponder and Providence’s Chase Smith were five strokes off the lead at 2-over 74.
Westbrook teammate Harrison Martin complemented Catanzaro’s 66 with an even-par 72 as the Warriors shot 303 – 15 over as a team.  Indian Springs was second at 314, Bayside Academy followed with 331, and Glencoe was fourth at 338.
    Chandler Pulliam of Indian Springs carded a 1-under 71, and Jack Sims of Glencoe shot an even par 72.

UMS-Wright shot 4-over 292 to hold a 20-stroke lead over Oneonta (312). Trinity Presbyterian was third at 317 and White Plains fourth at 320.
     J.P Cave and Andrew Graves each shot even-par 72 for the Bulldogs from Mobile. Oneonta’s Stewart Miller and Colby Chaviers had 72 and 73, respective, and three others were two shots off the individual lead at 74.
    St. Paul’s Episcopal of Mobile shot 7-over as a team to finish at 295, four strokes ahead of Russellville’s 299 total.   Guntersville had 319 and Clay County, 331, to round out the team scoring.
    Senior Garrett Johnson of Mortimer Jordan shot 3-under 69 to claim the first-day individual lead. Russellville senior Eli Hodges, who fired an AHSAA state-record tying 62 in section play two weeks ago, followed with a 1-under 71 to trail Johnson by two strokes. Hodges’ senior teammate Triston Tubb, St. Paul’s sophomore Will McFadden and senior Noble Smith each carded even-par 72 and are just three strokes off the lead after 18 holes.

   Spanish Fort shot 2-over as a team to close at 290 after round one and leads Class 6A heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes.  Homewood was eight strokes back at 298, John Carroll Catholic was third at 314 and Chilton County was fourth at 331.
   Five golfers were bunched at the top shooting par or better with senior Matt Lorenz of Gulf Shores finishing with a 3-under 69 to take the individual lead.  Sophomore Padraic Sim of Spanish Fort was 2-under 70, Cullman senior Luke Wilson was two strokes back at 1-under 71, Homewood sophomore Jack Goldasich and Spanish Fort senior Charles Wood each followed at even-par 72.

Defending Class 6A/7A low medalist Michaela Morard turned in the low score of the day with a 4-under 68 and Huntsville shot 3-over as a team to take the first-day lead with a team 219 total. The top three scores are totaled in the girls’ competition.
    Hoover was second after round one at 9-over 225, Spain Park shot 238 and Athens, 243.
    Morard, an eighth grader, holds a 2-stroke lead over Athens’ Micheala Williams, who fired a 2-under 70. Senior Virginia Green was three shots back with a 1-under 71, and Morard’s teammate Emily Lankford shot even par 72.
Defending state champion White Plains shot a 27-over 243 to hold a 31-stroke lead over Demopolis in the 4A/5A division Monday.  UMS-Wright also shot 277 and Russellville, 304. Trinity Presbyterian’s Sophie Burks had the low round with a 1-over 73. Anna Reid of Demopolis was three shots back at 76, Helena’s Grayson Gladden and Brooks’ Anna Fassnacht were four shots back at 77.  Layne Dyar led White Plains with a first-day 79.
Jacksonville Christian’s Chloe Borders was the individual leader with 4-over 78.  Mars Hill Bible’s Hannah Pope posted an 81 and Jordan Clark of Winfield fired an 83. Westbrook Christian was the team leader after the first day with a 263. Winfield was 11 strokes back in second place at 274, followed by Bayside Academy (288) and Clements (371).

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