High School Golf Finishes State Championship

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Muscle Shoals, Ala. -  St. Paul’s senior Robby Shelton blistered The Shoals Golf Course for a five-under-par 67 Tuesday to lead the Saints to the Class 5A Boys State Golf crown as the 64th annual AHSAA Golf Championships came to a close.

Shelton had a 66 on Monday and finished at 133 – 11 strokes under par and a new 36-hole state tournament record – to post the lowest score of all divisions each day and overall. St. Paul’s shot 308 as a team on Tuesday to win the 5A title at 620. First-day leader Russellville finished second with a 632 team total.

The previous 36-hole record (135) was set by five golfers including Michael Johnson of Spain Park in 2010, Gator Todd of Coffee in 2004, Mark Donnell of St. Paul’s in 2001, Allan Ritchie of Mountain Brook in 1975 and Bud Smith of Shades Valley in 1974.

Forrest Knight of Chilton County  fashioned a 3-under 69 and finished second to Shelton at three-under 141.

Spain Park won the boys 6A competition, Guntersville won in 4A, Bayside Academy in 3A and St. Luke’s in 1A-2A. Mountain Brook won the 6A girls title for the third year in a row. The Class 1A-5A girls completion had not completed at time of this transmission.

In each classification:

SPAIN PARK WINS 6A TITLE:

Connor Smith fired a 67 on Tuesday to finish with a seven-under-par 137 for the 36-hole competition to lead Spain Park to the Class 6A state championship for the third year in a row.

The Jaguars of Coach Al Del Greco scored a two-day 299-301 – 600 to win the 2013 crown. Spain Park has now won five 6A titles in the last six years and the last two in a row. Auburn was second at 609 and McGill-Toolen, which totaled 301 Tuesday, was third at 610 overall.

Blake Messer of Huntsville shot 71-72—143 to finish second individually.  Spain Park’s Vasili Kartos was one of three golfers tied for third at 145 after shooting a 70 Tuesday.

GUNTERSVILLE CAPTURES 4A CHAMPIONSHIP:

The Wildcats had a 635 to win the Class 4A championship. St. James (641) was second and UMS-Wright (649) was third.

Reagan Harrell led Guntersville with a 70-76-145 to tie for medalist honors with first-day leader Cody O’Toole of  Oneonta. O’Toole shot a 76 Tuesday after carding a 69 on Monday for his 145.

Randolph’s Garrett Moores shot a 74 Tuesday for the low round and finished one stroke back at 146.

BAYSIDE ACADEMY TAKES 3A CROWN:

The Admirals finished at 601 to beat runner-up White Plains (635) by 34 strokes. Lauderdale County (639) was third.

Straughn’s Brooks Rabren first a four-under 68 Tuesday to win low medalist honors at 140 overall. Eli Marty of Good Hope, who led after day one with a 69, finished with a 78 Tuesday and finished second at 147.

MOUNTAIN BROOK GIRLS MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW:

Mountain Brook had 224-237—461 to capture its third straight Class 6A state golf championship Tuesday at The Shoals Golf Course in Muscle Shoals.  Runner-up Auburn was 14 shots back at 475.

Virginia Green of Fairhope won the individual championship with a four-under 68 Tuesday to finish two strokes under par at 140 overall.  LeeAnn Cahoon of Prattville and Sarah Battye of Mountain Brook were tied for third at 149. Cahoon had a 73 Tuesday and Battye shot 76.

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Courtesy AHSAA Media Relations