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.
CLASS 1A/2A BOYS
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.
CLASS 3A BOYS
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.