The North Sand Mountain boys golf team won the first state championship in school history this year. Last Friday night at Dogwood Hills Golf Resort and Garden, they finally received the hardware they worked so hard to achieve. 

Tracy Vest, who coached the Bison and has since retired from the Alabama Educational System, said the seniors on the team set a goal as freshman to get to the state tournament. 

“Not only did (they) do that, (they won it,” said Vest. 

NSM golf team members were Noah Higdon, Jarrett Hill, Jordan Moon, Luke Maples, Tanner Stone and Hunter Vest. Tracy Vest and Clinton Hill were the team’s coaches.

Tracy Vest also credited the team for all the hard work they put in during the season. He said when other teams were back at the hotel, NSM’s golf team was on the course until dark, trying to get better. 

“They put in the time, and they put in the effort,” said Vest. “Now they have something they’ll get to keep for the rest of their lives.”

Vest said everyone thought he was crazy for entering NSM into big golf tournaments throughout the season. They were always the smallest school, but they kept improving and placing higher in each tournament.

“Well, I think it paid off,” said Vest.

Vest said this state championship may have “broken the ice” for other sports at North Sand Mountain. He said maybe other people will believe they can do it too. It just takes hard work. 

NSM is also the first Jackson County team to win an AHSAA golf state championship. NSM edged defending state champion Donoho by 15 shots to win the 2019 Class 1A-2A Boys Golf State Championship on Tuesday at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill Senator Course in Prattville.

NSM closed with a two-day team score of 710. Donoho finished as the state runner-up with a team score of 725 while Brantley was third with a 797. Each teams’ four best individual scores each round counted towards its team score.

Hunter Vest shot an 81 in Round 2 while Jordan Moon shot an 86, Jarrett Hill an 87, Noah Higdon a 95 and Taylor Stone a 95. In Monday’s Round 1, Vest shot an 86 while Moon shot an 89, Hill a 92, Higdon a 94 and Stone a 100. 

NSM finished Round 1 with a six-shot lead on Donoho and added to its advantage in Round 2 despite Donoho’s Jacob LeCroy shooting a 2-under par on Tuesday to secure the Class 1A-2A individual state title.

NSM’s overall depth won out as every Bison golfer shot lower than he did in Monday’s first round. NSM shot 361 in Monday’s opening round before carding a 349 in Round 2. 

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