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AHSAA 73rd State Golf Championship Conclude with 6 Boys’ and 4 Girls’ State Champions Crowned; Lauderdale County’s Peyton Preston Sinks Hole-in-One

Peyton Preston of Lauderdale County had a hole-in-one in Tuesday's 3A action

Story by AHSAA Staff

Photos by Marvin Gentry | AHSAA Photographer

    HUNTSVILLE – It was no real surprise that high school golf powerhouse UMS-Wright of Mobile won its 26th AHSAA state boys’ golf championship Tuesday claiming the Class 5A crown. It was no shock that Mountain Brook’s boys claimed their 11th title with the 2022 Class 6A state title.
   The bigger buzz came in Class 4A, where Haleyville’s boys shot back-to-back rounds of 297 at Huntsville’s Robert Trent Jones Hampton Cove Golf Course to win the Class 4A state championship – the Lions’ first in school history. And in the girls’ competition, Mars Hill Bible (1A/3A), Pike Road (4A/5A) and UMS-Wright (6A) each won their first state golf championships.
   Tuesday’s round was one of improved play from top to bottom as 34 of the 40 teams participating in the 2022 State Championships improved their team scores from day one to day 2. It was also highlighted by a hole-in-one by Lauderdale County’s Peyton Preston on the par-3 No. 14 in the Class 3A competition. He finished seventh overall in the 3A boys’ competition with a two-day 167 total.
   Class 6A boys’ champion Mountain Brook shot 1-over 289 to finish with a 590 total – just 14 strokes over par – as the Spartans won their fifth state crown in a row since 2017. Vestavia Hills shot 2-over 290 Tuesday and also finished a 590 total to win the Class 7A boys’ titles. Haleyville’s 594 total in Class 4A was the third best team total of the 36-hole tourney. UMS-Wright’s boys had a 611 total in Class 5A, Bayside Academy won its third state title since 2013 with a 643 total in Class 3A, and in Class 1A/2A, Wiregrass rivals Elba and Brantley battled to the wire before the Tigers emerged as the repeat state champion – by just one stroke. Elba had a 665-team total and Brantley shot 666.
    Spain Park and Huntsville finished even with 452 team totals in the Class 7A girls’ state tourney. Both teams finished 20-over par — with team scoring including the top three scores for each team. The state title was decided by tie-breaker (A) of the state tournament procedures which compares each team’s No. 4 participant’s results. The Jaguars won the tie breaker and  the state title thanks to Courtney Johnson’s 79-76 – 155 total – which ranked tied for ninth overall I the 7A competition.
    UMS-Wright won the 6A  title with a 465 team score, 5A state champ Pike Road shot 468, and Mars Hill won 1A/2A with a 502 team score.
    The low round Tuesday was turned in by Chase Kyes of Spain Park, who had a 67 to finish second overall in Class 7A to Jack Mitchell of James Clemens, who had a 68 each round for the lowest 36-hole total of all participants with an 8-under 136. Vestavia Hills’ Ward Harris carded a 3-under 69 to lead the Rebels to 7A state title.

Ward Harris’ 3-under 69 helps Vestavia Hills win 7A state championship


    Hartselle’s Jinger Heath had the low round of the tournament on the girls’ side, shooting a 6-under 66 Tuesday to wind up one stroke behind Class 6A girls’ low medalist Frances Brown of UMS-Wright. Brown put together rounds of 71-69 – 140 to lead the Lady Bulldogs state-champion run. Heath shot 75 on Monday and finished with a 36-hole total 141.
    Hewitt-Trussville’s Molly Davidson shot back-to-back rounds of 70 to finish 4-under 140 to capture low medalist in Class 7A. Auburn’s Kate Ha also shot a 70 Tuesday to finish second at 143. Gabriella Nicastro of Huntsville was third overall with back-to-back even-par rounds of 72 and a 144 total. Alexandria’s Lauren Sechrest had a 73 Tuesday and closed with a 149 to earn Class 4A/5A low medalist over Pike Road’s Beka Yang by one stroke. And in Class 1A/3A, Ella Cothran of Brindlee Mountain recorded the second lowest round Tuesday with a 5-under 67 and finished with a 3-under 141 total to win the 1A/3A low medalist by 10 strokes.

Alexandria’s Lauren Sechrest earns low medalist honors in 4A/5A


    Mountain Brook’s Tom Fischer shot the low round in Class 6A with a 4-under 68 and finished deadlocked with St. Paul’s Fleming at 1-under 143 for the tourney. The two earned co-low medalist honors. Guntersville’s John Bruce was 3-under 69 to take low medalist honors (141) for the Class 5A state champion Wildcats. Haleyville’s Hudson Lawson led a strong lineup for the Lions with a 70-72 – 142 to take low medalist honors in Class 4A. Teammate Jake Temple was second with a 74 Tuesday and 146 total. Jack Lawson (150), Griffin Kimbrell (156) and Brandt White (160) each had a top 10 finish in the 4A individual rankings.
    Bayside Academy’s Cole Komyati had a low round of 69 Tuesday and earned low medalist with a 143 total in Class 3A. In Class 1A/2A, Bayshore Christian’s Michael Heaton had rounds of 68-75 – 143 to earn low medalist.
   Team results and the top 10 finishers in each division are listed below. For complete statistics for all participants, go to the following link: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/3305057

AHSAA 73rd State Golf Championships
Final Results

CLASS 7A BOYS
Vestavia Hills              300-290 – 590
Auburn                       302-293 – 595
Enterprise                   310-302 – 612
Hoover                        326-298 – 624

CLASS 6A BOYS
Mountain Brook         301-289 – 590
St. Paul’s Episcopal     304-299 – 603
Cullman                      319-296 – 615
Spanish Fort                318-315 – 633

CLASS 5A BOYS
UMS-Wright                305-306 – 611
Guntersville                318-301 – 619
John Carroll Catholic  341-338 – 679
Lawrence Co.              360-352 – 712

CLASS 4A BOYS
Haleyville                    297-297 – 594
Randolph                    328-312 – 640
Oneonta                     340-328 – 668
Alabama Christian      347-354 – 701

CLASS 3A BOYS
Bayside Academy       319-324 – 643
Opp                             342-338 – 684
Lauderdale Co.           346-355 – 697
Westbrook Chr.          353-345 – 698

CLASS 1A/2A BOYS
Elba                             336-329 – 665
Brantley                      339-327 – 666
Athens Bible               365-336 – 701
North Sand Mtn.         368-348 – 716

CLASS 7A GIRLS
Spain Park                   233-219 — 452
Huntsville                   229-223 – 452
Auburn                       237-228 – 465
Mary Montgomery     246-240 – 486

CLASS 6A GIRLS
UMS-Wright                231-226 – 465
Hartselle                     247-229 – 470
Homewood                 283-239 – 492
Spanish Fort                252-253 – 505

CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS
Pike Road                    231-237 – 468
White Plains               247-237 – 484
Alexandria                  254-238 – 492
John Carroll Catholic  283-273 – 556

CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS
Mars Hill Bible            253-249 – 502
Trinity Presbyterian    264-255 – 519
Bayside Academy       277-286 – 563
Lindsay Lane               290-279 – 569


INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
CLASS 7A BOYS 
INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 
Jack Mitchell, James Clemens            68-68 – 136 (Medalist)
Chase Kyes, Spain Park                       72-67 – 139
Ward Harris, Vestavia Hills                 73-69 – 142
Nick Cook, Enterprise                         73-72 – 145
Jon Ed Steed, Enterprise                    73-72 – 145
Connor Jones, Auburn                        74-73 – 147
Nathan Hong, Auburn                        75-72 – 147
Will Stelt, Auburn                               74-75 – 149
Jay Clemmer, Vestavia Hills                72-78 – 150
Andrew Szymeia, Vestavia Hills         76-75 – 151
Parker Moellinger, Vestavia Hills       79-72 – 151
Jacob Lee, Hoover                              78-73 – 151

CLASS 6A BOYS 
INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 
Buddy Fleming, St. Paul’s Episcopal   72-71 – 143 (Low Medalist – tie)
Tom Fischer, Mountain Brook           75-68 – 143 (Low Medalist – tie)
Jon Lunsford, Cullman                        75-71 – 146
Thomas Norris, Mountain Brook       73-74 – 147
Will Drake, Cullman                           78-70 – 148
Harrison Sims, Homewood                79-70 – 149
Tristan Wisener, Hartselle                 76-75 – 150
Carter Brooks, Mountain Brook         76-74 – 150
Troy MacLean, Wetumpka                 82-69 – 151
Pack Stabler, St. Paul’s Episcopal       78-74 – 152
Coe Murdock, Mountain Brook         77-75 – 152

CLASS 5A BOYS 
INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 
John Bruce, Guntersville                    72-69 – 141 (Low Medalist)
Quincey Leonard, Pike Road              76-71 – 147
Bailey Sutter, West Point                   79-71 – 150
Thomas Crane, UMS-Wright              77-74 – 151
Josh Stubbs, UMS-Wright                   79-73 – 152
Regan Lefeve, Guntersville                77-78 – 155
Ken Brown, UMS-Wright                    77-80 – 157
Will Howard, UMS-Wright                  72-88 – 160
Hudson Miles, Guntersville                88-74 – 162
Kaleb Proctor, Lawrence County        85-77 – 162

CLASS 4A BOYS 
INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 
Hudson Lawson, Haleyville                70-72 – 142 (Low Medalist)
Jake Temple, Haleyville                      72-74 – 146
Andrew Hinson, Randolph                 75-73 – 148
Jack Lawson, Haleyville                      76-74 – 150
Colton Boyce, Randolph                     79-75 – 154
Griffin Kimbrell, Haleyville                 79-77 – 156
Andrew Turner, American Chr.          82-77 – 159
Cole Lindeman, Priceville                   83-76 – 159
Brandt White, Haleyville                    79-81 – 160
Jayse Bryant, Oneonta                       81-79 – 260

CLASS 3A BOYS 
INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 
Cole Komyati, Bayside Academy        74-69 – 143 (Low Medalist)
Nicklaus Ledbetter, Weaver               78-74 – 152
Elliott Overton, Winfield                    83-73 – 156
Luke Ferguson, Bayside Academy      74-82 – 156
Eli Edge, Westbrook Chr.                    86-79 – 165
Peyton Preston, Lauderdale Co.         83-84 – 167
Jack Hicks, Bayside Academy             87-81 – 168
Dillon Bayes, Lauderdale Co.              87-82 – 169
Cove McHugh, Westbrook Chr.          87-84 – 171

CLASS 1A/2A BOYS 
INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 
Michael Heaton, Bayshore Chr.         68-75 – 143 (Low Medalist)
Jay Wilson, Elba                                  79-75 – 154
Luke Davis, Athens Bible                    78-77 – 155
Tucker Kilcrease, Brantley                  82-75 – 157
Tyden Steele, Winston Co.                 81-78 – 159
Brandon Fincher, Vincent                   86-76 – 162
Buck McRight, Red Bay                       84-78 – 162
Jon Bush, Brantley                              80-83 – 163
Cooper Layton, Brantley                    81-86 – 168
Collin Sauls, Elba                                83-85 – 168

CLASS 7A GIRLS
INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 
Molly Davidson, Hewitt-Trussville     70-70 – 140  (Low Medalist)
Kate Ha, Auburn                                 73-70 – 143
Gabriella Nicastro, Huntsville            72-72 – 144
Grace Engel, Grissom                         72-77 – 149
Ava Schwartz, Huntsville                    73-77 – 150
Taylor Trible, Spain Park                     75-75 – 150
Kylie Johnston, Mary Montgomery    77-75 – 152
Polly McCrackin, Spain Park               79-73 – 152
Courtney Johnson, Spain Park            79-76 — 155
Esha Gupta, Auburn                           78-77 – 155

CLASS 6A GIRLS
INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 
Frances Brown, UMS-Wright              71-69 – 140 (Low Medalist)
Jinger Heath, Hartselle                       75-66 – 141
Annalee Regan, Muscle Shoals          76-71 – 147
Tori Waters, UMS-Wright                   77-70 – 147
Alley Beth Waldrop, Jasper                76-78 – 153
Aiden Haithcock, Homewood            79-75 – 154
Laura Burch, McGill-Toolen               78-80 – 158
Laurel Temples, Hartselle                  82-77 – 159
Ashlynd Madden, Spanish Fort          79-81 – 160
Morgan Maddox, Homewood            91-76 – 160

CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS
INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 
Lauren Sechrest, Alexandria              76-73 – 149 (Low Medalist)
Beka Yang, Pike Road                         74-76 – 150
Yvette Gorden, Pike Road                  75-78 – 153
Lucia Perez, Westminster Chr.           87-68 – 155
Julie Waldo, Alabama Christian         82-76 – 158
Savannah Sandlin, Oneonta               82-78 – 160
Abby Gattis, White Plains                   81-79 – 160
Emma Ray, Alexandria                       82-79 – 161
Isabel Rogers, White Plains                84-77 – 161
Baylie Webb, White Plains                 82-81 – 163
            

CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS
INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 
Ellie Cothran, Brindlee Mountain      74-67 – 141 (Low Medalist)
Chloe Ruble, Lindsay Lane                  74-77 – 151
Causey Thompson, Bayside Ac.          74-82 – 157
Esther Alexander, Mars Hill Bible       85-75 – 160
Virginia Anne Holmes, Trinity             81-80 – 161
Maggie Frederick, Mars Hill Bible      84-86 – 170
Camryn Blackwell, Glencoe                87-85 – 172
Emma Moore, Mars Hill Bible            84-88 – 172
Elizabeth Ann Stewart, Trinity            92-81 – 173
Ansleigh Davis, Westminster-OM      86-90 – 176

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