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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.     

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.

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.

      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.

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.

   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).

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.