Set for state

John Austin Dolberry and his Scottsboro teammates play in the Class 5A Boys State Golf Tournament starting Monday in Muscle Shoals.

Someone asked Scottsboro varsity boys golf coach Paul Kennamer this week what he thought the Wildcats’ chances were at the state tournament.

“I said ‘we’re in it, so that’s our chance,’” Kennamer said. “There’s four teams left [and] we’re excited to be one of them.”

Scottsboro tees off in the 2018 AHSAA Class 5A Boys State Golf Tournament on Monday and Tuesday at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Fighting Joe course in Muscle Shoals.

Scottsboro, the North Sub-state champion, will compete against North runner-up Russellville, South sub-state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal (Mobile) and South  runner-up Briarwood Christian (Birmingham) for the state championship during the two-round, 36-hole tournament.

It’s Scottsboro’s first state tournament team appearance since 1988.

Scottsboro’s Round 1 begins Monday morning with Davis Bistro teeing off at 7:18 a.m., followed by Kyle Price at 7:27, Matt Croft at 7:45, Andrew Holman at 7:54 and John Austin Dolberry at 8:03. Tuesday’s second-round tee times will be determined at the conclusion of Round 1.

Some of Scottsboro’s players played in a tournament at The Fighting Joe course back in March, and they all are scheduled to play a practice round on the course on Sunday.

Kennamer said Fighting Joe plays like the typical Robert Trent Jones Trail course.

“It’s a challenge if you don’t keep it in the fairway,” Kennamer said. “It’s got the four-to-six foot rough, the kind you can’t see the ball. Hit straight and putt great, that’s what I tell them.”

Scottsboro grabbed the last sub-state qualifying spot during the sectional tournament on April 30 before putting together its best performance of the season at sub-state, shooting a 311 thanks to its top-four golfers all shooting 80 or under.

“They’ve really done something getting [to the state tournament]. We just have to go play and see what happens. You never know with golf,” Kennamer said. “The boys are excited and we’re excited for them. They’ve earned this and I hope they enjoy it.”


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