Goose Pond Colony golf operations manager Ashley Parrett said the Lake Course passed its first Alabama Golf Association State Championship test with flying colors.
GPC hosted the 72nd annual AGA Boys State Junior Championship July 25-27, with 158 golfers — including five local players — competing in age divisions ranging as low as nine years of age to 18.
Parrett said the tournament “went exceptionally well” and credited Goose Pond superintendent Chris Settles and his staff for having the course “in pristine condition.”
“The course played like a true state championship course,” Parrett said.
Padriac Sim of Spanish Fort shot a three-round 14-under par 202 to win the championship.
Jon Brady Sandlin of Scottsboro tied for 12th at 7-under par. Matt Wilson of Section finished tied for 68th at 5-over for his two rounds while Scottsboro golfers Kyle Price was 83rd (8-over), Matt Croft tied 142nd (27-over) and John Austin Dolberry 144th (29-over).
“The golfers had some outstanding rounds and most importantly, enjoyable experiences,” Parrett said.
“Hosting the AGA Boys State Junior Championship has been a great opportunity for Goose Pond Colony and the City of Scottsboro. We have introduced our facilities and community to customers throughout our state that weren’t previously aware of our existence and the wonderful things that GPC and Scottsboro have to offer. We have left a positive impression on the Alabama Golf Association, junior golfers, and their families with plans to return in the future. This event has opened the door to future AGA Championships, qualifiers, and events for GPC.”
The tournament was the first AGA major championship that Goose Pond Colony has hosted, but it won’t be the last.
The Goose Pond Colony Lake Course will host the 2018 AGA Girls State Junior Championship June 26-28, 2018.
“As a lifelong golfer myself, these Junior Championships are dear to my heart as they pave the way to the future, both in golf and in life, for many of us,” Parrett said. “For GPC to be a stepping stone for these players is an honor and an event that they will always look back on and cherish, as will we.”