A local golfer posted a Top-16 finish at an Alabama Golf Association championships over the weekend.
Robson Copenhaver of Scottsboro qualified for the bracket play for the AGA’s 19th annual Match Play Championship, which was played at the Canebrake Club in Athens.
Copenhaver was the No. 8 seed in the match play bracket, but he fell 3 & 2 to ninth-seeded Jackson King of Hoover in the opening round. The match was all square after the first two holes, but King won five straight holes and led 5-up heading to the back nine. Copenhaver won the 11th hole to trim King's lead to 4-up. He won the 15th hole to cut King's advantage to 3-up. Copenhaver needed to win the remaining three holes in order to tie the match, but both golfers pared the 16th hole, allowing King to claim the win.
Fourth-seeded Ethan Hagood of Hoover won the championship on Sunday, defeating second-seeded Harlan Webb of Birmingham 2 & 1 in the finals.
Copenhaver finished tied for seventh after the two rounds of stroke play, which determined which 16 golfers qualified and their seeding for the match play tournament. He shot a 1-over par 73 par in Thursday's opening stroke play round before following it with a five-under 67 on Friday. He played a bogey-free second round, recording an eagle, three birdies and 14 pars.
The finish was another solid one at an AGA event for Copenhaver this summer. Copenhaver teamed with Blake Mozley of Albertville to win medalist honors in the stroke play portion of the 37th Alabama State Four-Ball Championships tournament in May. He then tied for 18th in the AGA’s 103rd State Amateur Championship tournament in June.