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AHSAA 2017 State Golf Championships Mountain Brook Claim 7A Boys’ Title; Virginia Green Sets New Girls’ Record with 12-under 132 in 7A Girls’ Play

    OPELIKA – Fairhope senior Virginia Green shot a 6-under 66 for the second straight day to finish with a 12-under 132 total to set a new AHSAA state record as the 2017 State Golf Championships concluded Tuesday at the Robert Trent Jones Auburn National Course here.
    Green shattered the old girls’ 36-hole state tournament record of 137 by five strokes. Michaela Morard and Gabi Oubre held the record. Oubre set it first in 2010 playing for Cottage Hill Christian. Morard tied the mark as a seventh grader playing for Huntsville.
     Mountain Brook (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A), UMS-Wright (4A), Providence Christian (3A) and Westbrook Chrisitan (1A/2A) won boys’ championships Tuesday. Winning girls’ team state championships were Spain Park (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), Trinity Presbyterian (4A/5A) and Providence Christian (1A/2A).
CLASS 7A BOYS: The Spartans shot a two-day total 573 to finish 3-under for the tournament and won the 7A state crown by eight strokes over runner-up Vestavia Hills (581). Ford Clegg won the low medalist honors with a 68 Tuesday to finish 2-under at 142. Auburn’s Connor Newton, John Racciatti of McGill-Toolen  and Vestavia Hills’ Ryan Eshlerman tied for second at 143. Austin Coggin of Vestavia shot the best round in 7A Tuesday, a 67, to finish at 144.
CLASS 6A BOYS: Muscle Shoals won the state 6A championship with a 582 team total and defending champion Homewood was second at 590.  Thomas Regan of Muscle Shoals and Luke Shaw of Northridge tied for low medalist at 2-under 142. Homewood’s Jack Poole had the low round Tuesday (70) and finished four strokes back at 146.
CLASS 5A BOYS: St. Paul’s Episcopal shot 603 to beat runner-up Guntersville (644) by 41 strokes as Will McFadden shot a 70 Tuesday to finish as low medalist at 146.  Douglas’ Anthony Lumpkin was second at 148 with a final round 71. McFadden’s 70 was the low round in 5A for the day.
CLASS 4A BOYS: UMS-Wright, coached by Adam Boehm, shot 296 Tuesday to finish at 582 to win the state championship. Oneonta was second at 605. J.P. Cave edged out teammate Andrew Graves by three strokes to win low medalist honors for the Bulldogs. Cave shot 70-69 for 5-under 139. Graves, who had a first-day leading 66, shot 76 Tuesday to finish 2-under 142. Oneonta’s Stewart Miller was third at 143.
CLASS 3A BOYS: Providence Christian finished at 590 to win the 3A title in its first year in the division. West Morgan was second at 619. Thomas Ponder led PCA with a two-day total 138 to finish 6-under for the tourney to capture low medalist. West Morgan’s Dakota Terry had the low round Tuesday (68) to finish two strokes off the pace at 140 to take runner-up.
CLASS 1A/2A BOYS: Westbrook Christian shot 598 to win the championship and Donoho was second at 650. John Hilliard Cantanzaro was low medalist for the Warriors with the low round  of the tournament for boys – 9-under 63 to finish at 9-under 135. He shot even-par 72 Monday. William Wethington of Westbrook almost kept pace with his teammate Tuesday carding a 4-under 68 and finished second at 143.
CLASS 7A GIRLS: Spain Park won the team title with a 13-over 445. Hoover was six strokes back at 451 for second place. Virginia Green of Fairhope led all scorers with a 132 total – shooting 66 for the second straight day.
CLASS 6A GIRLS: Muscle Shoals and Northridge tied with identical 503 scores but the Trojans won the tie breaker for first place – the team’s fourth-place scorer Riva Ray shot 187 to edge Northridge’s No. 4 total. Girls’ team totals are based on the top three scores for each team.
    Park Crossing’s Brooke Sansom, who shot 66 Monday, finished with a 73 to earn low medalist honors at 5-under 139. Ally Williams of Athens finished 71-73—144 for second place.
CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS: Trinity Presbyterian scored s 494 to take the state title. UMS-Wright was second at 511. Sophie Burks was low medalist for Trinity with her second straight 71 to finish 2-under 142. Alexandria’s Abby Stevens finished second at 156.
CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS: Providence Christian shot 489 to capture the 1A/3A championship. Westbrook Christian was second at 517. Stephenie Fowler of American Christian was low medalist at 149. She shot 71 Tuesday. Allison Howard was second for PCA with 152.

Three Golfers Shot 6-under 66 to Lead Individual Play at 69th AHSAA State Golf Championships

OPELIKA – Fairhope High School senior Virginia Green and Park Crossing senior Brooke Sansom each carded a 6-under 66 Monday at the Auburn National Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Opelika to set the pace for the girls and UMS-Wright’s Andrew Graves fired a 66 to lead the boys’ field as the 69th AHSAA State Golf Championships got underway Monday.
   Mountain Brook High School’s duo of Ben Fuller and William Wann shot 3-under 69 and teammates Reynolds Lambert and Willis Hagan added 2-under 70 and 1-under 71, respectively, as the Spartans dominated the first day’s action in Class 7A.
   A quick look at each division:
Class 7A Boys
   
Mountain Brook’s 9-under 279 gave the Spartans a 14-stroke lead over Vestavia Hills, which shot a 293. Ryan Eshlerman and Chris Hughes each had 71s for the Rebels. Auburn was three strokes back at 296 and Fairhope had 319 for the first 18 holes.
Class 6A boys
    Homewood’s Jack Goldasich shot the second best boys’ score of the first day with a 5-under 67 as the defending state champion Patriots shot 2-over 290 to take a two-shot lead over Muscle Shoals (292). Thomas Regan fired 4-under 68 for the Trojans, Northridge’s Luke Shaw and Northview’s Christopher Owens each fired 2-under 70.
Class 5A Boys
   Jon Brady Sandlin’s even-par 70 led the individual leaders in Class 5A. Trey Moore of Guntersville and Will McFadden of first-day team leader St. Paul’s Episcopal each carded 76. The Saints shot 308 and held a 21-stroke lead over Guntersville (329) and Briarwood Christian after day one. 
Class 4A Boys
   
Andrew Graves’ 66 helped UMS-Wright built a strong 18-shot lead after day one. The Bulldogs had a 4-under par 284 team total and second-place Oneonta shot 304. Stewart Miller of the Redskins and J.P. Cave of UMS-Wright each trailed Graves by four strokes with 2-under 70 rounds. Delix Ronderos of the Bulldogs also shot even par 72.
Class 3A Boys
    Thomas Ponder of Providence Christian and Varun Yerramsetti of Indian Springs each carded 4-under 68 to tie for the 3A boys’ lead. B.J. Morrison of Providence and Dakota Terry of West Morgan was two shots back at 70.
   Providence shot a 1-over 289 to take a 21-stroke lead over West Morgan (310) and 26-stroke led over Houston Academy (315).
Class 1A /2A Boys
  
Westbrook Christian had a 307 after 18 holes and held a nine-stroke lead over Donoho (316). St. Luke’s Episcopal was third at 332 and Altamont, fourth at 392.  Westbrook’s John Hillard Catanzaro and Mars Hill Bible’s Ike Alexander each shot par 72 to tie for the first-day lead. Westbrook’s William Wethington and Jackson Bowman followed at 74 and 75.
Class 7A Girls
   
Fairhope’s Virginia Green held s 4-shot lead over Spain Park’s Jordan Susce, who shot a 2-under 70. Caroline Waldrop of Spain Park also shot even-par 72 as the Jaguars shot 218 to hold an 8-point lead over city rival Hoover (226). Auburn (232) and Fairhope (247) were 3-4 in the team standings.
Class 6A Girls
   
Park Crossing’s Brooke Sansom shot 6-under 66 as an individual qualifier for the Thunderbirds and built a 5-stroke lead over Athens’ Ally Williams, who was 1-under at 71.  Northridge’s Caroline and Kate MacVicar shot 77 and 79, respectively, to help their team  shoot 256 – tying with Muscle Shoals for the team lead. Spanish Fort was third at 284.
Class 4A/5A Girls
  
Sophie Burks’ 1-under 71 staked Trinity Presbyterian to a 1-stroke lead after day one as the Wildcats totaled 251 as a team. UMS-Wright shot 252, and defending state champion White Plains shot 261.  Karlee Allen’s 4-over 76 ranked the Northside golfer behind Burks individually.
Class 1A/3A Girls
  
Allison Howard’s 3-over 75 helped propel Providence Christian to the first-day lead at 242.  Defending champion Westbrook Christian shot 257 and Bayside Academy scored 265.  Stephanie Fowler of American Christian was 6-over 78 and was second after day one.

AHSAA Sub-State Golf Results Reported

 

BOYS RESULTS 
Class 7A North Sub-State at Canebrake Golf Club, Athens:   Mountain Brook won the team title with a 286 total. Vestavia Hills was second at 289, Hewitt-Trussville, third at 299 and Sparkman was fourth with a 347 team score.
    The Spartans were led by Reynolds Lambert’s 3-under 69. He led the All-Tournament team selections that also included Ryan Eshleman of Vestavia Hills (70), Ford Clegg of Mountain Brook (71), Austin Coggin of Vestavia (72) and Mountain Brook’s William Wann (72).
    Individual qualifiers for the AHSAA State Golf Tournament next week at RTJ  Auburn National Golf Club were  Mac Reed of Mountain Brook and Reed Love of Hewitt-Trussville. Each shot a 1-over 73. The top two teams also advance to the state championships.

Class 6A North Sub-State at Cypress Lakes Golf Course, Muscle Shoals: 
Hunter Battles shot a 2-under 70 and teammate Brant Bishop fired even par 72 to lead Muscle Shoals to the sub-state tournament championship. The Trojans shot a even-par 288 as a team with Noah Olive and Sam Gargis each shooting 1-over 73 to round out the top four scorers.
    Northridge finished second at 302 with Luke Shaw shooting 71 and Matthew Madden 72 for the runner-up team. Muscle Shoals and Northridge advance to the state tourney May 15-16 at the RTJ Auburn Grand National course located at Opelika.
    Pinson Valley’s Caleb O’Toole shot 5-under 67 to capture low medalist honors and grabbed one of the two individual qualifier spots for next week’s state championships,  Thomas Caddell of Brookwood shot par-72 to earn the other spot.

Class 5A South Sub-State at Troy CC: St. Paul’s Episcopal captured first place with a 303 and Briarwood Christian was second at 327. Both advance to the state tourney as the sub-state team qualifiers.William McFadden’s 72 led the winning Bulldogs and earned him low medalist honors. Teammate David Bahos also shot 76. Individual qualifiers included Brantley Scott of Rehobeth, who scored a 3-over 75, and Central-Clay County’s David Sanford, who finished with a 78.

Class 5A North Sub-State at Goose Pond Colony Golf Club, Scottsboro:
 Guntersville’s boys shot a low round 311 to win the sub-state title and capture a berth in the AHSAA State Championships at Auburn Gran National at Opelika May 15-16. Russellville was four strokes behind at 315 to capture runner-up and the second team berth in the state tourney.
    Low medalist honors went to Douglas’s Anthony Lumpkin , who shot a 2-ujnder 70. Scottsboro’s Jon Brady Sandlin was one shot back to finish second. Both  qualified as individuals for the state tourney.
     Other solid rounds were turned in by Paul Bruce of Gunterville, who shot even par 72, and Etowah’s Tee Brown, who finished 1-over 73.
 even par 72 and Tee Brown of Etowah High School with a 1 over 73. 

Class 4A South Sub-State at Arrowhead CC, Montgomery:  
UMS-Wright won the sub-state with a 297 team total. Haleyville was second at 317, followed by Trinity Presbyterian (320) and Saint James (322). 
UMS teammates J.P. Cave and Andrew Graves each shot 72 for the low round.  Felix Ronderos , also of UMS-Wright, was next at 74, followed by Bulldogs teammate Gregory Jones and Alabama Christian’s  Dawson Popwell at 75.
    The top two teams advance to the state tourney.  The top two individual qualifiers, Popwell and Montgomery Catholic’s G
Grant Smith (76) also qualified for the state tourney.

Class 3A South Sub-State at Arrowhead CC, Montgomery:  Providence Christian posted a 300 team total and Houston Academy shot 301 as both teams finished 1-2 in the Sub-State tourney to qualify for next week’s AHSAA state tournament.
    Hal Dove of Houston Academy shot a 4-under 68 to lead all scorers. Thomas Ponder led Providence with even-par 72.  B.J. Morrison also shot 74 for PCA. Varum Yerramsetti (71) and Pete Schilli (73) of Indian Springs also qualified for the state as individual qualifiers.

North Class 3A Sub-State at Silver Lakes, Glencoe:  West Morgan captured the top spot with a 326 team total. Runner-up Lauderdale County was 10 strokes back at 336.
    West Morgan’s Dakota Terry and Clements’ Matt Smith each shot a 74. Terry won low medalist in a playoff. Smith was one of two individuals outside the top two teams to qualify for the state tourney. Geraldine’s Logan Forrester fired a 76 to earn the other individual qualifying berth.
    Wyatt Smith also shot 80 for West Morgan, and Josh Darracott had an 80 to lead Lauderdale County.

South Class 1A/2A Sub-State at Highland Park, Birmingham: St. Luke’s Episcopal shot a 302 and Altamont was second 41 strokes back at 343. Both teams qualified for the state tourney.
    Jacob Wiginton of Shades Mountain Christian shot a 73 to claim one of two individual qualifying spots. Kinston’s Dylan Moulton shot 75 for the second spot. Adam Ikner of J.U. Blacksher was third at 76.

North Class 1A/2A Sub-State at Gadsden CC:
 Westbrook Christian, led by John Hilliard’s 4-under 68 and William Wethington’s 1-over 73, posted the top team score (299) to win the competition. Runner-up Donoho was 10 shots back at 309. Both qualified for the state tourney.  Jack Svenson fired a 71 for Donoho.
    Ike Alexander of Mars Hill Bible and Cody Maddox of Marion County qualified as the two low individuals with rounds of 68 and 70, respectively. Alexander earned low medalist honors.

GIRLS RESULTS 
GIRLS
Class 6A North Sub-State at Cypress Lakes Golf Course, Muscle Shoals:
Northridge shot 254 to take first place. Muscle Shoals was five strokes back at 259 to finish second. Both teams advance to the state tournament next week.
    Ally Williams of Athens carded 3-over 75 to earn low medalist honors. Kate Macvicar of Northridge shot 77 and her sister Caroline Macvicar shot 79 to finished second and third. Mikayla Dubnik of Hartselle joined Williams as individual qualifiers shooting an 82.

Class 6A Sub-State at Timber Creek Golf Club, Spanish Fort: Spanish Fort posted a 271 total to claim first place and Daphne shot 295 to finish second. Letitia Sim paced the Lady Toros with an 87 and Amelia Bjuro shot 90. Jordyn Hodgson carded a 76, second best round of the day, to lead Daphne.
   Low medalist and an individual qualifier was Brooke Samson of Park Crossing, who shot even par-72. Oxford’s Kayla Huckeba also qualified as an individual with an 81.

Class 4A/5A South Sub-State at Troy CC: UMS-Wright won the sub-state tourney with a 248 team score.  Trinity Presbyterian was second at 255. Erika Allen and Karlee Allen of Northside carded 1-under 71 and 76, respectively, to claim the individual qualifying spots. Lauren Gilchrist's 71 led the winning Bulldogs. She won a one-hole shootout with Allen to earn low medalist honors. Trinity senior Sophie Burks shot 73 to lead the Wildcats.

Class 4A/5A North Sub-State at Goose Pond Colony Golf Club, Scottsboro: Arab shot a team 258 to finish first. Defending state champion White Plains finished second at 261, three strokes back. Both teams advance to the state tournament next week.
    Abby Stevens of Alexandria shot a 77 to take low medalist honors. Leeds’ Robyn Blakey was and Hannah Dyer of White Plains shot 78.  Stevens and Blakey qualified as individuals for the state tourney.  Arab’s top performance was turned in by Grace Harrell, who shot 79.

Class 1A/3A at Arrowhead CC, Montgomery: Providence Christian’s Allison Howard shot 3-over 75 to earn low medalist honors and lead her team to the sub-state championship. Bayside Academy was second at 264. Both teams advance to the state championships at Auburn Grand National May 15-16.
     American Christian’s Stephanie Fowler was two strokes behind Howard at 77 to earn one of two individual qualifier positions in the state tourney. Sydney Lake of Holy Spirit Catholic shot 85 to earn the second spot.

Class 1A/3A Sub-State at Silver Lakes, Glencoe: Westbrook Christian won the tourney with  a team 250 score. Clements shot 304 to finish second. Westbrook’s Hope Cone shot an 80 to earn low medalist. Ellie Porter and Gracie Guyton each had an 85 for the Lady Warriors.
    Anna Seahorn  of Red Bay also shot an 80 and Hannah Pope of Mars Hill Bible had an 87 to capture the two individual qualifier spots for next week’s state tourney.




AHSAA Crowns 6 Boys’ & 3 Girls Champions As 68th State Golf Championships Conclude at Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE – Six boys’ golf teams and three girls’ squads captured state championships Tuesday as the 68th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Golf Championships concluded at the Robert T. Jones Hampton Cove Golf Course at Huntsville.
      Spain Park High School, coached by Brian Carter, followed Monday’s 3-under 285 with a 2-under 286 to finish five strokes under par with a 571 total to claim the Class 7A state boys’ title. Fairhope was second 14 strokes back at 585, followed by Auburn (590) and Vestavia Hills (596). The championship was the seventh for the Jaguars in school history.
     Vestavia freshman Austin Coggin recorded his second straight 2-under 70 to claim low medalist honors in the big-school completion with a 36-hole 140. Landon Carner of Spain Park and Addison Nix of Auburn finished one shot back at 141. Carner had the low round in 7A Tuesday shooting a 3-under 69.
    Sophomore Kyle Cornelius shot an AHSAA state tournament record 9-under 63 Tuesday for the tournament’s low round and helped St. Paul’s Episcopal shoot even par for the day en route to the 5A crown.
    Huntsville eighth grader Michaela Morard shot a 2-under 70 Tuesday to finish at 138, just one stroke off her record-tying total of 2015 as she claimed her second straight low medalist honors in the girls’ big-school (6A-7A) division. The Lady Panthers shot a 226 Tuesday to finish 13 strokes over par at 445 and won their first state girls’ crown. Emily Lankford shot 6-over 78 and finished second behind her teammate in second place individually. Savannah Johnson also carded a 78 and finished at 157 over 36 holes to round out the Huntsville scoring.
     Defending 6A/7A state champion Hoover was second at 452 with Spain Park (469) and Athens (484) closing out at 3 and 4.
     Others boys’ team winners were Providence Christian (1A/2A), Westbrook Christian (3A), UMS-Wright (4A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A) and Homewood (6A). White Plains won the 4A/5A girls’ championship for the second year in a row. Westbrook Christian won the 1A/3A girls’ division to give the Warriors a sweep for boys and girls.

CLASS 6A BOYS
   
Jack Poole and Jack Goldasich each shot even-par 72 Tuesday to spark Homewood to the Class 6A state championship. The Patriots of Coach Keat Litton had a two-day team total of 591 – 15 strokes over par. Homewood was just five over on Tuesday as Connor Doyal and Ben Harris shot 74 and 75, respectively, to round out the final round.
    Spanish Fort finished second just two shots back at 593. John Carroll Catholic was third at 615 and Chilton County, fourth with 660.
     Senior Charles Wood of Spanish Fort closed strong with at 2-under 70 and first-day leader senior Matt Lorenz of Gulf Shores shot a 73 as both finished tied for low medalist in 6A honors at 2-under 142 for the 36 holes.  John Snoddy of John Carroll Catholic had the best round of the 6A competition Tuesday coming in at 4-under 68 to finish at 145. Northview’s Christopher Owens and Cullman’s Luke Wilson had round of 70 and 72, respectively, to finish tied for third one shot back at 143.

CLASS 5A BOYS
   
St. Paul’s Episcopal, coached by Sandy Santoli, shot even-par 288 for the low round team-wise for the day and captured the 5A boys’ title with a 7-undrr 583.  Russellville was second at 604 with Guntersville (629) and Central of Clay County (650) finishing 3-4.
   Sophomore Kyle Cornelius rebounded from an 84 Monday to shoot a 63 – the best round in state tournament history. William Sellers of Montgomery Academy shot 64 in 2012 for the previous low round.   Cornelius finished at 147, 11 strokes behind Mortimer Jordan junior Garrett Johnson. Johnson followed Monday’s 69 with an even more impressive 67 to finish as low medalist with 8-under 136 – just three strokes off the state record of 133 set by Patrick Martin of Spain Park (2015), Brooks Rabren of Straughn (2015) and Robby Shelton of Dt. Paul’s (2013).
    Russellville senior Eli Hodges was second over at 3-undrr 141. He had a 70 Tuesday.
   
CLASS 4A BOYS
 
UMS-Wright won its 22nd state golf championship since the Bulldogs’ first in 1971 with a two-day 598 total to claim the 4A title. Finishing second was Trinity Presbyterian 39 strokes back at 637. White Plains (641) and Oneonta (641) tied for third. Coach Adam Boehm’s squad placed two golfers in the top three.  Andrew Graves had a 1-over 73 Tuesday and Layton Bussey of White Plains shot a 2-under 70 as both finished 1-over 145 to tie for low medalist.
  UMS-Wright’s J.P. Cave and Oneonta’s Stewart Miller each carded a 76 to finish tied for third at 148. Bussey’s 70 was the low round of the day in Class 4A.

CLASS 3A BOYS
    
Low medalist John Catanzaro of Westbrook Christian followed Monday’s blistering 66 with a 3-over 75 to finish at 3-under 141 for the tourney as Coach Edward Brookins’ Warriors won the 3A state title for the second year in a row with a 612 team total.  William Wetherington shot even-par 72 for Westbrook’s best round and the only par or better round in the 3A competition Tuesday.
    Indian Springs finished second with a 639, 26 strokes behind the winners.  Bayside Academy (656) was third and Glencoe (660) was fourth.
     Jack Sims of Glencoe shot a 74 Tuesday to finish at 146 and claimed individual runner-up honors.     

CLASS 1A/2A BOYS
    
Providence Christian shot 300 as a team Tuesday, one stroke better than Monday’s 301, and won the 1A/2A state championship by 25 strokes over runner-up Decatur Heritage (626). Houston Academy (629) was third and Donoho (680), fourth.
     Thomas Ponder and Thomas Speigner each shot 1-over 73 Tuesday to lead the Eagles of Coach Emory Latta. Ponder finished tied at 147 with Sam Murphy of Decatur Heritage and Spencer Arnold of St. Luke’s Episcopal as the trio finished nine strokes behind low medalist Ike Alexander of Mars Hill Bible. The junior shot two straight rounds of 69 to wind up with a 6-under 138 for the 36 holes. The 69 was the fourth best round overall in the tournament Tuesday.

CLASS 6A/7A GIRLS
   
The ladies turned in another impressive day as four golfers shot even par or better. Michaela Morard’s 70 gave her a 138 and one-stroke win over Athens’ Micheala Williams, who shot 3-under 69 to finish at 139.
     Fairhope senior Virginia Green closed out her impressive high school career with a 1-under 71 and two-day total 142 to finish third.
    For Huntsville, coached by Clifford Pate, the two-day total of 445 was just 13 strokes over par.
    The 21 girls in the 6A/7A field averaged just 78.97 collectively over the two days with four eagles, 78 birdies and 158 pars registered in all the rounds. The tournament was the 45th for the girls in AHSAA history.

CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS
      Coach Marcus Harrell’s White Plains girls shot 243-241—484 to win the state crown for the second year in a row.  UMS-Wright (535), Demopolis (570) and Russellville (604) finished 2-3-4.
      Helena’s Grayson Gladden shot 2-under 70 for the best round of the competition and earned low medalist honors with a 3-over 147.  Anna Reid of Demopolis shot 74 Tuesday and finished three shots back at 150. Layne Dyar had White Plains’ best effort with a 79-78—157.

CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS
  
Westbrook Christian, coached by Misti Fairchild, made it sweep for the Warriors as the girls followed the boys to the winner’s circle. Last off the course Tuesday, Westbrook won the 1A/3A girls’ state championship with two consistent rounds. The Warriors shot 263 Monday and 264 Tuesday to finish at 527. Winfield was second 11 strokes back at 538. Bayside Academy was third at 576 and Clements (711) was fourth.
    First-day leader Jacksonville Christian’s Chloe Borders shot a low-round 81 Tuesday and won 1A/3A medalist honors with 15-over 159. She won by four strokes over Mars Hill Bible’s Hannah Pope (163), who shot an 82 Tuesday. Ellie Porter was fourth overall for Westbrook recording rounds of 84-85 for 169. Bayside Academy’s Tori Roush shot an 83 Tuesday – bettering her Monday total (103) by 20 strokes and finished 10th overall.


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.

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.

CLASS 4A BOYS
  
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.
CLASS 5A BOYS
    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.

CLASS 6A BOYS
   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.

CLASS 6A/7A GIRLS
   
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.
CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS
   
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.
CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS
  
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).

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.


Huntsville’s Girls Shoot a Record 3-Under 213 To win the 6A/7A Section 4 Golf Title

      Huntsville High School’s girls’ golf team shot a 3-under par 213 at the AHSAA Class 6A/7A Section 4 golf tournament held at Canebrake Golf Course in Athens Monday to capture the section title. The team advances to sub-state play May 2 at Birmingham’s Highland Park Golf Course.
      The sub-par total for Huntsville is the lowest total reported on record in section play history.
      Muscle Shoals finished second with a 15-over 231 total and Athens, third, at 236.
     Coach Clifford Pate’s Panthers were led by eighth grader and defending Class 6A/7A state champion Michaela Morard, who fired a 3-under 69 for the 18-hole competition. Fellow eighth grader Sarah Utley and senior Emily Lankford each carded an even par 72.
    Micheala Williams of Athens shot a 4-under 68 to earn low medalist honors for the 62-player field. Fort Payne duo Ella Kate Patterson and Alexis Chambers each shot a 1-under 71. Ally Williams of Athens and Stephanie Whitman of Sparkman also carded 3-over 75’s.
   In other AHSAA Section golf action reported to the AHSAA this week:
CLASS 6A/7A, SECTION 1: Senior Virginia Green shot a 1-under 71 to earn low medalist honors helping Fairhope claim the Section 1 golf championship. Kate Dean also had an 84 and Mary Harris, 85, as the Pirates finished at 240 – 25 strokes ahead of runner-up Enterprise (265). Spanish Fort, led by Amelia Bjuro’s 5-over 77, was third at 266.

CLASS 6A/7A, SECTION 2: Hoover posted a 10-over 226 Monday to win the Section 2 team championship.  Mychael O’Berry led the Lady Bucs with a 2-under 70 over the 18-hole round. Julie Baker also shot a 77 and Carson McKie, 79 for Coach Lori Elgin’s team.
     Spain Park was second at 237 and Auburn was third at 261. Caroline Waldrop led the Jaguars with a 72, and Julian Susce shot a 77.   Cailyn Hyun of Auburn also shot a 78.
CLASS 4A/5A, SECTION 2: Helena shot a 276 to win the section championship. Sylacauga was second at 277 and Curry, third with a 349 total.   Northside’s Karlee Allen shot 70 for the meet’s low score. Grayson Gladden of Helena was second with a 74, and Erika Allen of Northside shot a 79 to round out the top individual scores.
CLASS 4A/5A, SECTION 3: White Plains won the section title with a 2-over 218.   Layne Dyar shot a 71, Hanna Dyar, 72, and Morgan Pickett, 75, for the winning Wildcats.  Alexandria was second at 258 and Fairview finished third with a 267.
     Leeds’ Robyn Blakey also shot a 78 to advance to sub-state for the Green Wave.
CLASS 4A/5A, SECTION 4:  Russellville’s girls, coached by Deedra Moore, won the team competition with a 259 total. St. John Paul II was second with 281 and Deshler, third, at 284.   Anna Fassnacht of Brooks was low medalist with a 3-under 69.  Shelby Tacon of Madison County was second at 76.
   Leading Russellville was Ashton Moore’s 82. Kaylee Bryant of Deshler also shot an 82.
CLASS 1A/3A, SECTION 3: Westbrook Christian shot a 257 to win the Class 1A-3A Section 3 girls’ title at Silver Lakes Golf Club.   Chloe Borders of Jacksonville Christian was low medalist with an 83.  Lauren Cole of Glencoe edged Ellie Porter of Westbrook for runner-up in a sudden death playoff parring on the first hole. Porter had a bogey. Both shot 83.
     Piedmont was second at 384 and Pleasant Valley was third.
CLASS 1A/3A, SECTION 4: Clements won the team title with a 361.  Makayla Browning’s 107 led the Lady Colts.   Hannah Pope of Mars Hill Bible was the low medalist shooting a 1-over 73, and Anna Seahorn of Red Bay was second with an 81.


Huntsville’s Girls Shoot a Record 3-Under To win the 6A/7A Section 4 Golf Title

      Huntsville High School’s girls’ golf team s shot a 3-under par 213 at the AHSAA Class 6A/7A Section 4 golf tournament held at Canebrake Golf Course in Athens Monday to capture the section title. The team advances to sub-state play May 2 at Birmingham’s Highland Park Golf Course.
      The sub-par total for Huntsville is the lowest total reported on record in section play history.
Muscle Shoals finished second with a 15-over 231 total and Athens, third, at 236.
     Coach Clifford Pate’s Panthers were led by eighth grader and defending Class 6A/7A state champion Michaela Morard, who fired a 3-under 69 for the 18-hole competition. Fellow eighth grader Sarah Utley and senior Emily Lankford each carded an even par 72.
    Micheala Williams of Athens shot a 4-undrr 68 to earn low medalist honors for the 62-player field. Fort Payne duo Ella Kate Patterson and Alexis Chambers each shot a 1-under 71. Ally Williams of Athens and Stephanie Whitman of Sparkman also carded 3-over 75’s.
   In other AHSAA Section golf action Monday:
CLASS 6A/7A, SECTION 1: Senior Virginia Green shot a 1-under 71 to earn low medalist honors helping Fairhope claim the Section 1 golf championship. Kate Dean also had an 84 and Mary Harris, 85, as the Pirates finished at 240 – 25 strokes ahead of runner-up Enterprise (265). Spanish Fort, led by Amelia Bjuro’s 5-over 77, was third at 266.

CLASS 6A/7A, SECTION 2: Hoover posted a 10-over 226 Monday to win the Section 2 team championship at Section 2.  Mychael O’Berry led the Lady Bucs with a 2-under 70 over the 18-hole round. Julie Baker also shot a 77 and Carson McKie, 79 for Coach Lori Elgin’s team.
     Spain Park was second at 237 and Auburn was third at 261. Caroline Waldrop led the Jaguars with a 72, and Julian Susce shot a 77.   Cailyn Hyun of Auburn also shot a 78.
CLASS 4A/5A, SECTION 4:  Russellville’s girls, coached by Deedra Moore, won the team competition with a 259 total. St. John Paul II was second with 281 and Deshler, third, at 284.   Anna Fassnacht of Brooks was low medalist with a 3-under 69.  Shelby Tacon of Madison County was second at 76.
   Leading Russellville was Ashton Moore’s 82. Kaylee Bryant of Deshler also shot an 82.
CLASS 1A/3A, SECTION 4: Clements won the team title with a 361.  Makayla Browning’s 107 led the Lady Colts.   Hannah Pope of Mars Hill Bible was the low medalist shooting a 1-over 73, and Anna Seahorn of Red Bay was second with an 81.

BOYS
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. Brason Francisco carded a 79 for the Wildcats’ best score.
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 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.

67nd AHSAA Golf Championships - Spain Park’s Martin, Straughn’s Rabren Tie AHSAA State Tournament Record For 36-Hole Low Medalist Total

    MOBILE – Spain Park High School senior Patrick Martin sank six birdies and 12 pars Tuesday to close the 67nd Alabama High School Athletic Association state golf tournament with a 6-under 65 to claim low medalists in the Class 7A boys’ division at Mobile’s Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Grove golf course.
      Martin’s two-day 36-hole total of 133 beat co-runner-up Alex Green of Fairhope and Mountain Brook’s Jonathan Eyster by seven strokes. Green had a 68 Tuesday to close at 140. Eyster opened with a 68 Monday but closed at 72 Tuesday for 140 total.
   Eyster and his Spartans teammates won the 7A state championship with a 10-over 587 total. Mountain Brook shot 293 Monday and 294 Tuesday.  Fairhope finished second at 606, followed by McGill-Toolen at 614 and Vestavia Hills (622).
       The AHSAA State Golf Championships, which began in 1949, completed its final day of the 36-hole competition Tuesday.     Several classifications were still on the course Tuesday afternoon as Martin  headed into the clubhouse with his amazing round.  The 65 is the second best state-tournament round in history. William Sellers of Montgomery Academy shot a 64 in 2012 for the low round. Calum Masters of Providence Christian (2014), Michael Ulmer of Fairhope (2007) and Mathew Swan of Trinity (2004) each also shot rounds of 65 in state-tournament play.  The low round on record in prep play s J.M. O’Toole’s 62 for Pinson Valley shot in a regular-season tournament in 2011. Robby Shelton of St. Paul’s had a 63 in sub-state play at Arrowhead Country Club in Montgomery in 2012, and Glenn Northcutt of Houston Academy had a regular-season round of 63 in 2004.
      In the girls’ competition, Huntsville High School seventh grader Michaela Morard shot a 36-hole total 137 to win the Class 6A-7A competition and tied the state tournament record set by Gabi Oubre of Cottage Hill in 2010 for the lowest total in the 34-year history of the AHSAA girls’ state tournament.
CLASS 4A BOYS
    
Straughn High School senior Brooks Rabren followed Monday’s AHSAA low round of 66 with a 5-under round of 67 Tuesday to win the Class 4A boys’ state individual low medalist honors with a 36-hole total 133 at Mobile’s Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Grove golf course.
     That total added Rabren’s name to the record books – tying the all-time low 36-hole total set by Robby Shelton of St. Paul’s Episcopal in 2013 and equaled by Spain Park’s Martin Tuesday in the 7A division.   Rabren finished 9-under for the tournament.
     St. James won the Class 4A team championship with 3-over 287 Tuesday – beating runner-up UMS-Wright by 21 strokes for the title.   The Trojans of Coach Aubrey Blackwell finished with a two-day 589 total. UMS finished at 610.  White Plains was third at 625 and Haleyville was fourth at 679.
      Walker Carr of St. James shot 1-under 71 Tuesday to finish seven strokes back at 140 for the state champs. Dustin Travis of White Plains carded even par 72 and finished third at 147.  St. James’ Chase Hastey fired a 71 to finish fourth at 148.   Trojans teammate Walker Wise had a 73 to finish tied for fifth with UMS-Wright leader Felix Ronderos at 150 – 17 strokes off Rabren’s winning pace.
CLASS 3A  BOYS
 
Westbrook Christian was a picture of consistency with two straight rounds of 301 to win the 3A state championship with a 13-over 602 total.  Bayside Academy was second at 616, followed by West Morgan’s 626 and Indian Springs’ 655 totals.
   Bayside junior William Buhl was also consistent with his a second straight 2-under 69 to claim the medalist honors with a 36-hole 138 total. He finished 6-under for the tournament. Jack Sims of Glencoe finished second with his second consecutive even-par 72. Madison Academy’s Stephen Coe was third at 145. He shot 72 Tuesday. Indian Springs golfer Chandler Pulliam tied Buhl for low-round honors Tuesday finishing 3-under 69. He shot 78 Monday and was fourth overall with a two-day total 147.
CLASS 6A BOYS
    
Hartselle trailed Spanish Fort by five strokes, 292-297, after Monday’s round but got a strong team effort to close strong and win the Class 6A state championship Tuesday.  All four Tigers’ golfers shot 73 or better as Hartselle shot 284 to finish at 581. Spanish Fort shot a 302 to finish second at 594 – 13 strokes off the lead.
     William Walker of Northridge won the individual medalist with a 68 Tuesday to finish at 139.  Garrett Reist led Hartselle’s comeback effort with a low-round 67 and finished second at 141. Spanish Fort’s Charles Wood, who had a 69 Monday, was third at 144 along with Jake Tiffin, who shot a 72 each day to also finish at 144. Jordan Hartsell and Blake Hampton rounded out the Tigers round with 72 and 73, respectively, and finished at 145 and 151 for the tourney.
CLASS 5A BOYS
   
Russellville won the team championship with a 614 team total, nine strokes better than St. Paul’s Episcopal (623).  Guntersville (652) was third and Helena (675), fourth.
     Guntersville’s Reagan Harrell was medalist with two straight rounds of 71 for a 142 total.  Eli Hodges of Russellville and Garrett Johnson of Mortimer Jordan were three shots back at 145. Hodges had a 72 Tuesday and Johnson a 73.
CLASS 1A-2A BOYS
  
St. Luke’s Episcopal won its second state 1A-2A state boys championship since 2013 with a 587 team total to nip defending champion Providence Christian (593). Providence closed St. Luke’s first-day lead from 12 strokes to six with a 293 total Tuesday. St. Luke’s shot 299.
   John Hamn of Decatur Heritage shot a 72-70—142 to capture low medalist honors. Neal Whittington of J.U. Blacksher, Drew Mathers and Payton Massey of St. Luke’s each finished three shots back at 145.
   Calum Masters of Providence tied Hamn for second-day low round honors with s 70 but finished at 150 after a first-day 80 on Monday.
CLASS 6A-7A GIRLS
    
Seventh grader Michaela Morard of Huntsville shot a 68 Tuesday to finish one stroke ahead of Athens’ Micheala Williams and Fairhope’s Virginia Green to capture the Class 6A-7A individual championship.   
     Hoover won the team championship with 229-225—445. Huntsville was second at 451, Muscle Shoals third at 466 and Auburn finished fourth at 475.  The final day’s competition was highlighted by four different girls shooting a 68.
     Morard, who is on track to graduate high school in the Class of 2020, shot  69 Monday to finish at 137.  Williams, a junior, also shot a 68 Tuesday to finish at 138. Green, who set a state tournament record with 67 Monday, carded a 71 to also finish 138.  Spain Park’s Caroline Waldrop had  a 68 and finished at 144. Hoover’s Mychael O’Berry also finished with a 144 to tie Waldrop for fourth.
CLASS 4A-5A GIRLS
 
White Plains won the Class 4A-5A state title with a 229-241—470 to beat runner-up Alexandria (487) by 17 strokes.  UMS-Wright was third at 559.
    Alabama Christian’s Hannah Sagers won the individual championship with a 71-77—148. Helena’s Grayson Gladden was second with 150 with two straight rounds of 75. White Plains’ Layne Dyar was third with 74-80—154.
CLASS 1A-3A GIRLS
  
Glencoe finished 32-over 494 to win the girls’ 1A-3A state championship. Westbrook Christian was second at 508, Winfield third at 528 and Montgomery Academy, fourth, at 568.
     Winfield’s Molly Norris rebounded from a first-day 81 to card a 3-over 75 Tuesday to earn low medalist honors. Her two-day 156 was one stroke better than first-day leader Hope Bishop of Glencoe. Bishop shot 74 Monday and 83 Tuesday for a 13-over 157 total. American Christian’s Stephanie Fowler was third at 162, and Westbrook Christian’s Hope Cone shot a 79 to close out the 36-hole competition at 163 to finish fourth.   

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.