Straughn, Andalusia sub state bound

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Straughn’s Brooks Rabren (right) shot a low-round 73 Monday at the Lagoon Park’s golf course in Montgomery. The Tigers and Andalusia qualified for sub state. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Lining the fairways at Lagoon Park’s golf course and already through with its round, Andalusia’s golf team was cheering for its rival Straughn as the Tigers were competing with Headland in a five-man playoff hole.

Straughn won the hole and finished the day, shooting a 340 to claim fourth place and a berth in the Class 4A sub state tournament. The sub state tournament will be on Mon., May 7, in Montgomery at Lagoon Park.

“I’m very proud of them for the way they played (Monday),” SHS coach Scott Kinsaul said. “We’re looking forward to Monday.”

Straughn’s Brooks Rabren shot a 1-over 73 to earn the low medalist award for the Tigers.

Andalusia also qualified for sub state, finishing the day in third with a 339.

“We didn’t play well at all,” AHS coach Marshall Locke said. “We got our work cut out for us.”

Andalusia’s Josh Atkinson and Hunter Dendy shot an 8-over 80 each to finish as the low medalists for the Bulldogs. Grayson Gantt shot an 83.

Locke said he will use the rest of this week to help his guys “polish” things up for the sub state round.

“We’re hoping we can make a better showing than we did today,” he said.

When asked about cheering for Straughn in the playoff hole, Locke said they may be the team’s rival, but they are from the county.

“We wanted to root them on, just as well as they were rooting for us,” he said.

In the Class 3A sectional tournament at Arrowhead Country Club, Opp had not players that qualified for the sub state round.

Kyle Ferguson shot a low-round of 88, and Avery Stanfield shot a 96 for the Bobcats.

“For a second-year program, I think we had a good year,” OHS coach Allison Gregory said. “All of the guys have gotten better.

“That was one of the toughest courses we’ve played on,” she said. “The fairways are really tight. They know what it’s all about now. Hopefully, they’ll work on their game this summer and come out better next year.”