Sylacauga boys and girls win County golf title
by LAVONTE YOUNG
Apr 16, 2013 | 1778 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CHILDERSBURG- The Sylacauga boys and girls golf team won the 2013 Talladega County golf tournament on Monday at Coosa Pines Golf Course in Childersburg.

For the boys, this is their fourth straight year winning the county championship.

The Aggies boys team dominated the course as they shot a 323, while second place Lincoln finished with a score of 408.

“That is by far the best score that we have turned in this year,” Sylacauga head coach Greg Lane said. “We have to turn something in like that at Sectional to have a chance. That is 20 strokes better than we have done in a tournament all year, so that is a good score to have. All five of my guys made All-County and that has never happened where my whole team has made All–County. To have two of my guys playing for a championship, that is a first."

Hayden Ellis won the individual championship. He said it’s a great feeling to finally win.

“It feels good,” Ellis said. “My freshman year I got third. Last year, I didn’t play good; it feels good to win it all. Me and Ross play every day and it was tough to see him go down like that, but I am glad to win.”

Ellis defeated teammate Ross Blocker in a playoff hole. Both golfers finished the round with a 79. Ellis hit a 20-foot putt for par to win the playoff round. Blocker bogeyed the hole.

"When we played it the first time, I hit the driver and the three iron and the nine iron,” Ellis said. “I hit the green in two putted. I hit my three iron again, I pushed my nine iron to the right. I hit an OK chip and I was just fortunate to make that putt. I haven’t made one outside of five foot; I got that one to drop, so if felt good.”

The Aggies had three other players to earn All-County honors. Hayden Simpkins shot a 80, Daniel Hall shot an 85, while Austin Pennington shot an 88.

Lincoln finished second with 408 points. The Golden Bears had two golfers to shoot under 100 on Monday: M Pritchard shot a 95 and Scott Peters shot a 98.

Munford finished third with 416 points. Devin Strickland shot a 97 for the Lions.

Childersburg finished with 417 points. Austin Kelley earned All-County honors by shooting a 94 on Monday.

Talladega and Fayetteville finished the tournament who 424 and 425. John Austin Williamson shot a 96 for Talladega. Trey Roberson shot a 102 for Fayetteville.

Christian McDonald shot a 100 for B.B. Comer.

For the Sylacauga girls’ team, this is their third straight season that they have won the Talladega County golf tournament championship.

The Lady Aggies defeated Fayetteville, 341-392 on Monday.

“We probably played the best round we have played,” Lane said. “We are still not where I want us to be, but better than they have done in any tournament that we have been in so far.”

Sylacauga had three girls to earn spots on the All-County team. Janala Hale and Shelby Harris finished with a score of 111 points.

“Janala came in good with the 111,” Lane said. “Shelby tied her with a 111 and that is Shelby’s best round all year.

Even my two that didn’t make All-County: Alex shot a 119, which is her best score of the year. Caitlyn (McTier) shot a 125, which is her best score of the year. Like I told them, even though the scores weren’t that good both of those girls took one double par today, which is an improvement on what they have been doing.”

The Lady Aggies golf program has grown over the course of their three-peat.

“Our golf program has grown,” Lane said. “Five years ago, we just had one golfer. This year, I have eight and it has grown every year. I think with them having success that is going to keep it growing.”

Fayetteville finished second with a score of 392.

“I am just proud of them,” Fayetteville head coach Stephen Shivers said. “This is their first 18 hole tournament for all of them. I was really proud that they came away with the experience of performing so well. They have all impressed me with the progress this year. They have all played with the joy of the game, the integrity that I wanted them too. For them to come out and excel I was really proud of them. I know they were proud of themselves.”

Munford’s Christian Baxter was the low medalist with a score of 97.

“I went there and I wanted to win,” Christian Baxter said. “I just did very good today and I did better than I thought I would.”

Talladega’s Nakayla Twymon finished with a score of 116, which earned her a spot on the All–County team.

Chartisa Odum finished with a score of 120 for Childersburg.