Mountain Brook’s Sargent, Randolph’s Morard Each Shoot 64 to pace the 80th AHSAA State Golf Tourney
MUSCLE SHOALS – Mountain Brook shot a blistering 19-under 269 as a team Monday at the Robert Trent Jones Shoals Golf Club’s “Fighting Joe” course to take an 11-stroke lead over defending Class 7A state champion Spain Park after the first round of the 80th annual AHSAA State Golf Championships.
Gordon Sargent fired an 8-under 64 for the best round of the day -- and tying for the second lowest round in the tournament’s long history. John Hilliard Cantanzaro of Westbrook Christian shot a 63 last year and Kyle Cornelius of St. Paul’s Episcopal had a 63 in 2016 for the low rounds.
On the girls’ side, sophomore Michaela Morard equaled Sargent’s low round with a girls’ state tourney record 64 in the Class 4A/5A girls’ division. Morard, who was low medalist for Huntsville in the 7A tourney in 2015 and 2016, sat out last season after transferring to Randolph School.
The Spartans were red hot with William Wann and Reynolds Lambert shooting 67 and Mac Scott a 1-under 71 to round out the Mountain Brook’s top four. Ethan Hagood shot a 67 and Nick Dunlap 70 to pace the Jaguars. McGill-Toolen was third at 4-over 292 and Auburn was three back at 295.
Price Brown shot a 69 for McGill. Thirteen of the 24 golfers shot par or better with the highest score of the day just 79.
The 36-hole state tourney for all classes concludes Tuesday.
Class 6A Boys
Defending state champion Muscle Shoals totaled 8-over 296 Monday to take the first day lead at the Class 6A state tourney at The Shoals. Homewood was two strokes back at 298, Fort Payne shot 311 and Benjamin Russell 313 to round out the team scoring.
Fort Payne’s Dawson Garrett shot 5-under 67 for the low round of the day in Class 6A. Patrick Minor of Jasper was three shots back at 2-under 70, Muscle Shoals’ Thomas Regan and Homewood’s Jack Goldasich were 3 strokes back at 1-under 71.
Class 5A Boys
Russellville’s Josh Boutwell and Brooks’ Justin Olive each fired 4-under 68 Monday to lead the field after day one of the AHSAA’s Class 5A boys golf tournament being held at the Robert Trent Jones Shoals Golf Club’s Schoolmaster Course in Muscle Shoals. St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Will McFadden was one shot back with a 3-under 69 and Saints teammate Blake Bahos carded an even par 72.
Defending St. Paul’s shot 11-over 299 to take the first-day lead of the 36-hole tournament which concludes Tuesday. Russellville was nine strokes back at 308, followed by Briarwood Christian (318) and Scottsboro (318).
Classes 7A, 6A, 4A and 3A boys and all girls’ divisions were still on the course Monday afternoon at 2:30.
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AHSAA-Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Partnership
Pays for Young Players, Courses
State Championship Starts Monday at The Shoals
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – When the best high-school golfers in the state gather Monday and Tuesday to determine this year’s champions at the 70th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association state tournament, they will be testing themselves against both their opponents and one of the top golf courses in the Southeast.
Since 1997, a rotation of five courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail have played host to the AHSAA championship. This year, the two-day, 36-hole event is at The Shoals in Muscle Shoals with both courses – Fighting Joe and Schoolmaster – in play. According to those most involved, the high-schoolers and the RTJ Trail have benefited from the relationship.
“It’s important to the teams and important to the Trail,” said John Cannon, president of SunBelt Golf Corporation, the management team for the Trail since its inception. “At the very origins of the Trail, what we were looking to do is to have public access for everybody, regardless of age, sex, creed or color. We wanted everyone to have access to world-class golf. We wanted the Trail to be a place where teams could spend their time learning to compete and to act as good members of their community.
“We wanted people to see what golf does for kids and families. We wanted to make the Trail integral to the community of golfers, particularly when they got into high school competition.”
The state championship is played in a rotation of Hampton Cove in Huntsville, Capitol Hill in Prattville, Grand National in Auburn/Opelika, Magnolia Grove in Mobile and The Shoals. In keeping with the policy of the Retirement Systems of Alabama – the owner of the Trail – that everyone who plays pays, RTJ receives $5 per golfer per round for the championship’s 36-hole event.
“We’re very thankful our kids get to play on some of best courses in the country,” said Marvin Chou, AHSAA Assistant Director and Director of Golf. “Plus, it’s not just at championship tournament time. A lot of schools play host to sectional tournaments and sub-state tournaments at some of the RTJ courses.”
This year, four sectionals were played at three RTJ courses – Magnolia Cove, Oxmoor Valley in Birmingham and Highland Oaks in Dothan. Six sub-state tournaments, the final challenge before earning state finals berths, were played at Magnolia Grove and Silver Lakes.
Cannon called the partnership between high-school golfers and the Trail a win-win situation. “More important than just the state championship, we host a lot of teams in the local communities around the Trail,” he said. “Go to any place on the Trail, every afternoon from about 2:30 until 6, and you’ll see dozens of kids, coaches and parents. Sometimes the kids are learning the game and the parents are tagging along and getting the opportunity to see what golf can do for families. We’re focused on kids coming, learning to socialize and compete in respectful manner.”
Justin Mallicoat, the girls’ coach at Class 4A White Plains High School in Calhoun County, said his golfers build their skills and relationships at Silver Lakes in Gadsden. “Jason Callan, the director of golf at Silver Lakes, is terrific. He’s kid-oriented and wants to see the game grow,” Mallicoat said. “He makes it easy for us to come out and practice and be successful.
“This is a sport for gentlemen and gentlewomen. Sure, you have competitiveness among the teams, but there are players who play with each other all year. Their families get to know each other and become friends. In basketball, you play 32 minutes and you may never talk to that person again. On the golf course, you spend time with someone, get to know their personalities and it could develop into a friendship that you can carry the rest of your life.
“We’re in a real rural area at White Plains,” he said. “Our kids take pride in the RTJ. It’s about a 35-minute ride from our school and it’s something nice they take pride in and they treat it as if it were their own home. No doubt, it’s a challenging course. You can’t come out here as an average golfer and score well. You have to be strategic and be able to read greens to do well. Anybody who can play well out here is a well-defined golfer.”
This year’s AHSAA championship is the 70th for boys and 47th for girls. Defending girls’ champions are Spain Park (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), Trinity Presbyterian (4A-5A) and Providence Christian (1A-3A). Boys’ defending champs are Mountain Brook (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A), UMS-Wright (4A), Providence Christian (3A) and Westbrook Christian (1A-2A).
Hoover’s Carson McKie shot a 72 and teammates Neysa Dechachutinan and Emily Baker carded 75s as the Bucs won the AHSAA Class 7A, North Sub-State girls’ golf team championship with a 6-over 222 team total. Spain Park also had 222 but finished second in the tie breaker.
The defending state champion Jaguars’ Marilyn Steed led all golfers with a 7-under 65, which tied for fourth best round for girls’ in AHSAA history. Her total also tied Michaela Morard’s 65 in the 2015 Class 6A/7A Sectional tournament at Goose Pond Country Club in Scottsboro for the lowest round in AHSAA post-season history.
Caroline Waldrop also had a 75 for the Jaguars. Huntsville’s Savannah Johnson shot 75 and Mary Mac Trammell of Mountain Brook had a 77 to qualify as individuals for the state tournament at The Shoals Golf Club of the Robert Trent Jones Trail next week at Muscle Shoals.
CLASS 4A/5A NORTH SUB-STATE: White Plains turned in a super effort on the back nine at Silver Lakes Golf Course to finish with a 256 total and the Sub-State title. Sophomore Hanna Dyar had an 81 and Lexee Cunningham carded an 87 for the Wildcats. Randolph was second at 265 with Michaela Morard shooting a 2-under 70 for low medalist honors. Morard won the Class 6A/7A individual championship in 2015 and 2016 for Huntsville High School, but sat out last season after transferring to Randolph in 2016.
Robyn Blakey of Leeds had an 82 and Grace Narrell of Arab had an 83 to advance to the state tourney as individuals.
CLASS 6A, NORTH SUB-STATE: Hartselle posted a 253 team total to win the Sub-State title over Muscle Shoals (257) by four strokes. Caroline MacVicar and Ross Napier, both of Northridge, were the two individuals who also qualified for the state tournament at Florence next week. MacVicar shot a 78 and Napier had an 84.
CLASS 1A/3A NORTH SUB-STATE: Clements and Glencoe advanced as winner and runner-up with team totals of 294 and 299, respectively. Hannah Pope and Kylee House of Mars Hill Bible qualified as the top individuals with rounds of 76 and 103.
Mountain Brook and Spain Park finished 1-2 in the Class 7A Boys Sub-State Golf Championships held at Timberline Golf Course at Calera with outstanding team scores of 278 and 283, respectively.
The Spartans finished 10-under par and the Jaguars were 5-under. Ford Clegg first a 6-under 66 and Reynolds Lambert was one shot back at 67 for Mountain Brook. Nick Dunlap also shot a 66 for Spain Park and Landon Carner had a 70.
The top two teams and the two players with low individual rounds qualified for next week’s AHSAA State Championships at Florence. The individuals were Austin Coggin of Vestavia Hills (70) and Ethan Hacker of Hewitt-Trussville (72).
In other Boys’ sub-state action reported Monday:
CLASS 7A SOUTH SUB-STATE: McGill-Toolen Catholic posted a one-stroke win over runner-up Auburn winning 295-296. Fairhope’s Max Johnson and Will Richardson each shot 72 for low individual rounds.
CLASS 6A NORTH SUB-STATE: Muscle Shoals won the sub-state title with a 297 team total. Fort Payne was second at 313. Jasper’s Patrick Minor qualified with a 1-over 73 for the low individual score, and Ross Napier of Hartselle carded a 74.
CLASS 5A SOUTH SUB-STATE: St. Paul’s Episcopal finished first in the team competition and Briarwood Christian finished second. Slade McCraw shot a 76 for the Lions while Kyle Cornelius and Blake Bahos each shot rounds of 77 for the Saints. Rehobeth’s Brantley Scott had the low round of the day shooting 1-under 71.
CLASS 5A NORTH SUB-STATE: Scottsboro’s Kyle Price shot even-par 72 for the low round of the day to lead the Wildcats to a 311 team total and the sub-state title. Russellville was second two shots back at 313. Jaceton Murray shot 73 for Russellville. Qualifying individually were Trey Allen of Brooks with a 73 and Etowah’s Eli Antisdel, who had a 74.
CLASS 4A NORTH SUB-STATE: White Plains won the sub-state championship with a 310 team total. Madison Academy was second at 319. Kenny Okins led the Wildcats with a 2-under 70. Teagan Miller shot 74 for Madison Academy. Oneonta golfers Cole Davidson and Will Patrick were the two individual qualifiers with scores of 72 and 75. Patrick won on a second-hole playoff to advance to state.
CLASS 3A NORTH SUB-STATE: Pleasant Valley won the title with a 375 total. Glencoe was runner-up with a 382. Clements’ Matt Smith was the low medalist with a 1-under 71 and earned one of two individual qualifying spots for the state championships. Josh Daracott of Lauderdale County fired a 77 to land the other spot. Ethan Johnson’s round of 78 led Pleasant Valley, and Brock McNeely’s 86 was tops for Glencoe.
CLASS 1A/2A NORTH SUB-STATE: Donoho took the sub-state championship with a 317 total. Westbrook Christian was second at 322. Jacob LeCroy shot a 75 for the low round for Donoho and Jackson Bowman shot a 74 for Westbrook . Cedar Bluff's Nick Sawyer earned an individual spot in the state tourney with a 2-under par 70 for the sub-state tourney's low round overall.
CLASS 7A SOUTH SUB-STATE: Auburn’s girls shot a 1-over 217 to win finish first. McGill-Toolen Catholic was second at 240. Ashley Curtis and Emilia Smith, both of Enterprise, had the low individual rounds with 77 and 79, respectively.
CLASS 4A/5A SOUTH SUB-STATE: Northside won the sub-state championship with a 243 team total, and Trinity Presbyterian was second at 261. Erika Allen led the winning Rams with a 2-ovr 74, and Emma Pittman’s 76 led the Wildcats.
BOYS Section Results
Class 7A, Section 1
Price Brown’s 2-over round of 74 led McGill-Toolen Catholic to a 302 team total and the section championship. Wells Keaton shot a 76 for the winning Yellow Jackets and Will Richard also had 76 for runner-up Fairhope.
Class 7A, Section 2
Auburn won the team title with a 7-over 295 total as Jack Stevens and Garrison Guthrie shot 1-over 73, Tanner Guthrie turned in a 2-over 74 and Conner Newton scored a 3-over 75. Tucker Crowson had a 76 to pace runner-up Central-Phenix City. Auburn’s Caleb Adcock, who qualified for the Sub-State tourney as an individual, shot a 75 and Durote’ Hurst of Smiths Station had a 76 to also advance to the Sub-State round.
Class 7A, Section 3
Mountain Brook, led by Reynolds Lambert’s 71, and Spain Park, paced by Nick Dunlap’s 70, tied for the section title with 296 scores. Vestavia individual Austin Coggin shot a 68 to grab low medalist honors.
Class 6A, Section 3
Low medalist Matthew Madden fired a 72 to lead Northridge to the section title with 300 score. Sam Brewbaker shot a 73 for Northridge. Brookwood’s Thomas Caddell topped the individual qualifiers with a 75.
Class 6A, Section 4
Muscle Shoals, coached by Derrick Gargis, captured the team title ahead of Hartselle, 291-302. Hunter Battles and Thomas Regan, both of Muscle Shoals, and Justin Vincent, playing as an individual from Athens, tied for low medalist honors with 72s.
Class 5A, Section 1
Defending state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal recorded a 3-over 291 total as a team to win the Section 1 title by 79 strokes over Demopolis, which had a 370. Will McFadden’s 4-under 68 led Coach Zac Lambrecht’s Saints. Kyle Cornelius also shot even par 72 and Bill Johnson had a 76. John Gaal of St. Paul’s, who qualified as an individual, and Rehobeth’s Brantley Scott also shot 3-over 75.
Class 4A, Section 3
Oneonta, led by low medalist Will Patrick’s 4-under 68, won the team title, edging White Plains 312-314. Nathan Griffin paced White Plains with a 77.
Class 4A, Section 4
Madison Academy edged runner-up Randolph by three strokes, 341-344 to take the Section championship. Nathan Fenza’s 79 led the Mustangs, and Charles’s Warren’s 77 led the Raiders. Low medalist was Deshler’s Luke Linley, who shot 3-over 75, and Priceville’s Philip Cain was second with a 76.
Class 3A, Section 2
Davis Aaron shot 3-over 75 to earn low medalist honors and led American Christian to the section title. The Patriots shot a 386. Oakman finished second. Indian Springs’ Pete Schilli was one stroke behind with a 76 to qualify for a Sub-State spot as an individual.
Class 3A, Section 3
North Sand Mountain, coached by Tracy Vest, shot a 348 to win the team title with Hunter Vest’s 77 earning low medalist honors for the Thundering Herd. Glencoe, which finished second, was led by Brock McNeely’s 80.
Class 1A-2A, Section 2
Vincent, coached by Wiley McKeller, won the team title with a 359, followed by runner-up Holy Spirit at 385. Dusty Davis of Vincent was low medalist with an 84.
Class 1A-2A, Section 4
Red Bay was the winner with a 387. Lindsay Lane was the runner-up. Red Bay’s Codey Cleveland and Marion County’s Logan Maddox, playing as an individual, tied for low medalist honors with 80s.
GIRLS' SECTION RESULTS
Class 7A, Section 1
Laura Burch shot an 87 and Meghan Stein 89 to lead McGill-Toolen Catholic to a 266 team total and the section title. Davidson was second at 269. Abby Foster shot an 87 for the Warriors.
Class 7A, Section 2
Morgan Jones shot a 77 and Auburn teammates Morgan Jones and Anna Claire Little followed with 77 and 79 to lead Coach Adam Byrd’s Lady Tigers to the Section 2 championship with a 234 team score. Enterprise was second at 258. Emilia Smith and Ashley Sinclair Curtis each carded 79 to pace the Wildcats.
Class 7A, Section 3
Low medalist Carson McKie fired a 71 to lead Hoover to the section title just ahead of Spain Park, 221-228. Caroline Waldrup’s 72 led Spain Park.
Class 7A, Section 4
Huntsville, coached by Chris Brown, won the team championship with a 247 team total. Grissom was second at 278. Savanna Johnson led the Panthers with a round of 79 to earn low medalist honors.
Class 6A, Section 2
Coach David Weeks’ Oxford girls won with a 251 team total. Homewood was second at 287. Kayla Huckeba was low medalist with a 76 for the winning Yellow Jackets. Teammate Anna Bolton was three strokes back with a 79.
Class 6A, Section 4
Muscle Shoals’ duo of Anna Margaret Hays and Riya Key shot 76 and 79, respectively, to lead the Trojans to the Section 4 girls’ title. Samantha Shelton and Reagan Daniel each added rounds of 86 for Coach Chad Willis’ team. Muscle Shoals won the team competition with a 241 total – two strokes ahead of runner-up Hartselle and seven ahead of third-place finisher Hazel Green. Jinger Heath of Hartselle was low medalist with a 1-under 71, and teammate Mikayla Dubnik shot a 75.
Class 4A-5A, Section 2
Northside, coached by Stasha Morrison, won the team title ahead of Sylacauga, 230-292. Karlee Allen of Northside was low medalist with a 73 and teammate Erika Allen shot 4-over 76.
Class 4A/5A, Section 3
White Plains compiled a 263 team total to claim the Section 3 crown. Alexandria was second at 297. Hanna Dyar led the winning Wildcats with an 84. Low medalist was Robyn Blakey of Leeds with a 79. Sydney Hanson of Boaz was next with an 81.
BOYS SECTION GOLF RESULTS
Class 3A, Section 1
Thomas Ponder shot an AHSAA state-record tying 10-under 62 to run away with low medalist honors for defending Class 3A state champion Providence Christian. The Eagles shot a 295 team total to edge Houston Academy, which totaled 297. Hal Dove was right behind Ponder with a 7-under 65. Ponder’s 62 tied for the lowest round in AHSAA history, which he now shares with Russellville’s Eli Hodges (2016 sectionals) and Pinson Valley’s J.M. O’Toole (2011 regular season).
Class 7A, Section 4
Hewitt-Trussville and Huntsville finished 1-2 with 303 and 307 team totals, respectively. James Clemens’ Jackson Mitchell shot a 73 and teammate Landon Miles carded 74 for the low individual rounds.
Class 6A, Section 1
Coach Dru Powell’s Spanish Fort Toros shot a 322 team score to take first place. Gulf Shores was second at 330. Hunter Harrelson and Zack Coker each shot 6-over to earn low medalist honors for the runner-up Dolphins. Andy Reier and Joe Paul Pennington led Spanish Fort with a pair of 79s. Powell Larson, who qualified as an individual, also had a 79 for the Toros.
Class 6A, Section 2
Jack Goldasich and Riley each shot 2-over 74 and Ford Goldasich was three shots back at 77 as Homewood, coached by Rick Baguley, fired a 303 team total to win the section title. Helena was second with a 312 total. Brock Baker had a 75 for the Huskies. Low medalist was Kodi Argade of Stanhope Elmore, who finish 2-under with a 70. The Mustangs finished fourth overall at 321. Tanner Wilder of Pell City shot 74 to finish as the top individual qualifier for the sub-state tourney.
Class 5A, Section 2
Slade MCraw fired a 2-over 74 and teammate Drew Schroeder had 4-over 76 to spark Briarwood Christian to the section title. The Lions of Coach Jim Brown had a 308 team total followed by Sylacauga’s 316. Timber Carter and Konnor Knight led the Aggies with rounds of 5-over 77.
Class 4A, Section 1
Defending state champion UMS-Wright shot 297 to beat runner-up Trinity Presbyterian (330) by 33 strokes. J.P. Cave’s 5-under 67 led the winning Bulldogs and was the low score of the day. UMS teammates Gregory Jones and Andrew Graves shot 75 and 76, respectively, to finish second and third overall.
Class 4A, Section 2
Fayette County won the boys’ section title with a 329 team total. Noah Scott’s 4-over 75 paced the Tigers. Rob Richards shot even-par 72 to earn low medalist honors and paced runner-up Haleyville, which finished six strokes back at 335.
GIRLS’ SECTION GOLF RESULTS
Class 6A, Section 1
Spanish Fort’s Letitia Sim carded an 83 to dominate the field as the Lady Toros had a 291 total to win the section title. Daphne was second 27 shots backs at 318. Autumn Hinkley shot a 98 to finish second overall.
Class 1A/3A, Section 3
Glencoe won the section title with a 294 score. Pleasant Valley finished second with a 313 total. Low medalist was Lauren Cole, who led the winning Yellow Jackets with an 80.