Some familiar names were left off the list after the conclusion of the Class 1A-2A and Class 3A boys golf sub-state tournaments Tuesday.
Montgomery Academy, who won the last three state titles in Class 3A, failed to qualify for the state tournament in its first stint in Class 2A. Trinity — which won the sub-state tournament last season and finished third in state — failed to make the cut, and after a strong regular season, Catholic missed out on the state tournament by two strokes.
However, not all hope was lost. Montgomery Academy and Trinity each had an individual qualify for the state tournament, which is on Monday and Tuesday at the RTJ Shoals in Muscle Shoals.
Wagner Ashmore shot a 4-over 75 at Arrowhead Country Club to represent the Wildcats in the Class 3A state tournament next Monday.
Ashmore was 1-under through 14 before landing in the water on 15. His triple bogey almost derailed his day, but he finished strong to make the cut by a stroke.
“You’ve just got to stay confident and not let the hole behind you bother you,” Ashmore said. “Just look at the shot in front of you and don’t think back about the negative.”
Trinity coach Tim Bethea said taking the trip to Muscle Shoals alone could help his veteran sophomore, who has played varsity since seventh grade.
“It may be to his advantage to just focus on himself,” Bethea said. “He’ll miss his teammates though, that’s the tough part. It’s bittersweet. He’s going to enjoy going, but he’s going to miss his team, and that’s why you play.”
Montgomery Academy’s Brock Trulove birdied his final hole at Timber Creek Golf Club in Spanish Fort on his way to a 3-over 75 to avoid a playoff hole and have a chance to continue the Eagles’ individual dominance. Former Eagles star William Sellers won the last three individual titles.
The Eagles were retooling this season, playing a sophomore, two freshmen and a seventh grader. Despite the disappointing end to the year, MA coach Clay McInnis is optimistic about the seasons to come.
“We have a bright future ahead of us,” McInnis said. “We tried the best we could. I’m proud of these guys and their competitiveness. We’re going to work in the off season and try to take these really young kids and get the program back where it used to be.”
Bayside won the Class 3A South 2 tournament with a 306. Straughn was second with a 311 and Lauderdale County finished third with a 314.
Providence Christian won the Class 1A-2A South 2 title with a 303. St. Lukes finished second with a 304 and Westbrook Christian took third with a 322.