The Scottsboro varsity girls golf team will get the opportunity to earn a berth in the state golf tournament.
The Wildcats finished fourth in the Class 4A-5A Girls Section 3 Golf Tournament at Gunter’s Landing Golf Club in Guntersville on Tuesday.
Scottsboro finished fourth with a team score of 295. White Plains won the sectional title with a team score of 255, with Arab second (257) and Oneonta third (286).
All four teams advanced to the North 2 Sub-State Tournament at Silver Lakes in Glencoe May 7. The Sub-state champion and runner-up as well as the top-two individual golfers not on the roster of a top-two finishing team advance to play in the AHSAA Golf Championships May 13-14 at Capitol Hill in Prattville.
Abby Hambrick led the Wildcats with a 94 while Lilli Evans shot a 96 and Braylee Childress and Kaitlyn Price both shot a 105.
“I was very proud of the younger girls for stepping up and playing hard even though our senior leader (Maddy Childress) was unable to play,” said Scottsboro coach Jonathan Haynes, adding that Maddy Childress will be able to play in the sub-state tournament. “I think it is a great accomplishment making it to sub-state. This is the fourth consecutive season the team has made it to sub-state. This is great for building the program and sparking interest with the younger ones to see us being successful.”
Scottsboro advances to sub-state — At Guntersville, the Wildcats posted a fourth-place finish in the Class 5A Boys Section 4 Golf Tournament at Gunter’s Landing Monday to earn a berth in next week’s sub-state tournament.
Scottsboro, looking for a second consecutive berth in the Class 5A State Golf Tournament, next plays in the North 4 Sub-State Tournament at Eagles Nest Golf Course at Guntersville State Park on Monday, May 6.
Guntersville won the sectional title with a team score of 312, followed by Russellville (317), Arab (323) and Scottsboro (334).
Kyle Price was the medalist for the sectional after carding an even-par 72.
Also for Scottsboro, Matt Croft shot an 80 while Chase Berry shot an 86, John Bone a 96 and Butler Bell a 107. Scottsboro’s Preston Drain, playing as an individual, shot an 88 and just missed qualifying for sub-state by two shots.
“When this golf season started, I was wondering how we would progress as a team (and) now I know,” said Scottsboro head coach Paul Kennamer. “The boys who were able to improve, Chase Berry and Preston Drain, John Bone and Butler Bell have given the team help all year with the leadership of Matt Croft and Kyle Price, our only senior. He seems to turn on the Real Kyle when it counts at the end of the season. I’m really glad to see the other kids get better, ups and down all.”