HUNTSVILLE – Kelly Holland ran from the clubhouse to deliver the news to her team.
Holland and the Spain Park High School girls golf team knew the battle between the Jaguars and Huntsville was tight once all the players left the course after completing their rounds on the second day of the state golf tournament.
It was so tight, in fact, that the Jags players went to practice green to prepare for a potential playoff once they heard Spain Park and Huntsville were each tied with 20-over team scores. par.
But after consulting with officials, it was found that Spain Park won based on tiebreakers. The news quickly traveled and set a happy celebration for the Jags.
“Tears of joy,” said Spain Park coach Kelly Holland.
Spain Park won the Class 7A state championship for the second consecutive year, finishing fourth in program history (2009 and 2017 respectively). The tournament was held at Hampton Cove Golf Course in Huntsville on May 9-10.
Spain Park used an overall team effort to get the job done, as the score of the fourth player from each day was used to determine the tiebreaker. Spain Park made four strikeouts on the second day of competition to draw even in Huntsville after the second day’s game.
“It was some of the best golf between the two teams. It was something different,” Holland said.
Taylor Trible led back-to-back rounds of 75 to finish with a two-day total of 150, good for the sixth individual. Polly McCrackin developed six strokes on the second day, shooting 79 and 73 to finish at 152. Courtney Johnson had a two-day total of 155 after rounds of 79 and 76.
While Trible, McCrackin and Johnson were regular performers on two days, Emma Fortier came back from the first day round at 88 to fire a team-best 71 on the second day.
“How do you explain that? She didn’t feel very well, but now, I said, ‘Emma, just play golf.’ He did and he was amazing. He stayed at it all day. That’s great, ”Holland said.
Trible ended his high school career with another state title. She will go to the University of Southern Miss on a golf scholarship in the fall.
“He’s a great leader for this team,” Holland said.
Spain Park won section and sub-state tournaments to reach the state tournament. Throughout the season, the Jags won the Auburn Invitational, Hoover’s March Madness and the Battle at the Border, and finished second in Dothan’s tournament, the Spain Park Invitational and Timberline Golf Club’s tournament.
Hoover’s men advanced in the state
The Hoover boys golf team advanced to the state tournament for the first time in at least a decade this spring. Buc went through section and sub-state tournaments to reach the state. In the state, they finished fourth. Vestavia Hills defeated Auburn by five strokes, with the Enterprise finishing third.
Jacob Lee was the top player at Hoover, shooting a two-day total of 151 (78 and 73) to finish 12th overall.