Two Arab golfers improved their performances on the second and final day of the AHSAA State Tournament on Tuesday, but it wasn’t nearly enough to help the Lady Knights escape the Class 4A-5A cellar.
Still, the Arab girls golf team finished in the top four in the state for the second time in the last three years.
Playing on a very tough links course at Capitol Hill in Prattville, the Lady Knights shot 263 to finish at 92-over 524. Randolph, led by early Bama commit Michaela Morard, took first place at 23-over 455, 10 shots better than second-place Northside and 50 shots better than third-place Trinity.
Morard followed her 3-under 69 on Monday with a sizzling 6-under 66 on Tuesday to finish at 9-under 135.
Arab’s Ellie Cothran improved from her opening 92 to shoot 85 on Tuesday and finish in 15th place at 33-over 177. Autumn Tidwell improved even more drastically, from 108 to 94, but still finished well back at 202.
The team’s two stars, Grace Narrell and Reagan Malone, took steps backward on the second day. Malone shot an 87 on Tuesday after shooting 86 on Monday but still slid past Narrell into a tie for 11th place at 29-over 173.
That’s because Narrell finished with a 91 and dropped into 13th place at 30-over 174.
In team action, North Sand Mountain won in 1A-2A boys and Houston Academy won in 3A boys. Brooks defeated Providence Christian by one stroke to win in 4A boys.
Guntersville improved 10 strokes and moved up a slot to second place, but still finished 16 shots behind 5A boys winner UMS-Wright (52-over 628).
J.P. Cave of UMS-Wright won the 5A individual title with a 3-over 147. Guntersville’s Paul Bruce and Trey Moore were part of a five-way tie for fifth at 14-over 158.
Fort Payne didn’t qualify as a team, but Harrison Davis and Dawson Garrett, playing as individuals, finished first and third respectively. Davis shot a 1-under 143 while Garrett shot 5-over 149.
Muscle Shoals won in 6A boys, and Mountain Brook won in a very competitive 7A boys with a 12-over 588, besting McGill-Toolen (599), Vestavia Hills (601) and Fairhope (615).
In other girls action, Providence Christian defeated Bayside Academy by 105 shots in 1A-3A; Northride won in 6A; and Auburn won in 7A.
Other individual winners included:
• Donoho’s Jacob LeCroy in 1A-2A boys (2-over 146);
• Houston Academy’s Hal Dove in 3A boys (2-under 142);
• Providence Christian’s Thomas Ponder in 4A boys (11-under 133); Oneonta’s Will Patrick finished second at 4-under 140;
• Vestavia Hills’ Austin Coggin in 7A boys (5-under 139);
• Providence Christian’s Lauren Thompson in 1A-3A girls (2-over 146);
• UMS-Wright’s Lauren Gilchrist won in 6A girls (2-over 146);
• Auburn’s Elisabeth Preus won in 7A girls by one shot over three others (6-over 150).