Once the dust settled, and the rain parted, on the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s state golf tournament, two Baldwin County players earned individual state championships and two …
Once the dust settled, and the rain parted, on the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s state golf tournament, two Baldwin County players earned individual state championships and two teams earned Red Map trophies as runners-up in their classification May 16 at the RTJ Grand National Golf Course in Opelika.
Individually, Bayshore Christian’s Michael Heaton (Class 1A-2A) led the entire way and claimed his second consecutive individual state championship and Spanish Fort’s Jackson Spybey (Class 6A) used a strong second round to earn his solo title.
Heaton was the clubhouse leader both days after he finished Round 1 with a five-stroke lead at two-under par. Although his second-round score of 75 was one stroke behind the best of the day in his class, his earlier lead secured a second straight championship by four strokes over Elba’s Jay Wilson.
Contrarily, Spybey completed his first round in second place by one stroke at one-under par but built a five-stroke lead in Round 2 to earn a four-shot advantage over the two second-place finishers and stake claim to his championship.
Bayside Academy boys’, Spanish Fort girls’ teams earn Red Map trophies
In the team competitions, the boys’ squad from Bayside Academy (Class 4A) and the girls’ team from Spanish Fort (Class 6A) finished as runners-up to earn Red Map trophies where both of their top golfers finished top-five individually in their classification.
The Toros were supplemented by a pair of middle schoolers in eighth grader Sara Carter Hare and seventh grader Ainsley Madden who finished back-to-back in 11th and 12th respectively. Hare used rounds of 80 and 82 to record a 162 where Madden shot personal-best marks of 85 then 78 for a total of 163.
Admiral sophomore Luke Ferguson, who had won a soccer state championship alongside Jack Hicks with Bayside Academy just three days prior, was his team’s lowest shooter at 149 and helped build a 10-stroke lead over third-place White Plains.
Also competing as a team was the Gulf Shores boys’ squad which took third in Class 5A thanks in part to Jesse Roberts who finished tied for sixth with a total score of 161. His efforts were complemented by Chris Hand, Graham Stewart and Noel Hand who all finished in the top 20, as well as Logan Reynolds who finished just outside at 21st.
Spybey, Spears record lowest individual rounds by Baldwin County golfers
The lowest individual score recorded by Baldwin County golfers was Spybey (138) and Fairhope’s Trip Duke (144) on the boys’ stage. Another Pirate in Addison Spears (148) led local shooters on the girls’ circuit where Spanish Fort’s Ashlynd Madden (152) was not far behind.
Below are full local results from Baldwin County golfers at the AHSAA state tournament in Opelika earlier this week. Follow @GCMSportsAL on social media for immediate sports updates from around the county.
1. Randolph: 623
2. Scottsboro: 652
3. Gulf Shores: 672
4. Demopolis: 676
WD. Alley Beth Waldrop – Orange Beach: WD (85)
7. Addison Spears – Fairhope: 148 (75, 73); +4
1. Michael Heaton – Bayshore Christian: 145 (70, 75); +1
T3. Luke Ferguson – Bayside Academy: 149 (76, 73); +5
T10. Wells Lambert – Bayside Academy: 165 (84, 81); +21
12. Jack Thompson – Bayside Academy: 167 (81, 86); +23
16. Jack Hicks – Bayside Academy: 172 (91, 81); +28
T6. Jesse Roberts – Gulf Shores: 161 (79, 82); +17
T12. Chris Hand – Gulf Shores: 166 (80, 86); +22
16. Graham Stewart – Gulf Shores: 171 (85, 86); +27
1. Jackson Spybey – Spanish Fort: 138 (71, 67); -6
T4. Trip Duke – Fairhope: 144 (71, 73); E
T9. Brody Quattlebaum – Fairhope: 148 (75, 73); +4