Alabama Christian’s Hannah Sager finished her high school career the best way she could, with a state championship.
Sager — a Faulkner signee — won the Class 4A-5A girls state golf championship Tuesday with a 4-over 148 in the two-day tournament, building on her fourth-place finish from last year.
“It feels amazing, especially with this being my senior year. It’s great to go out with a bang,” Sager said. “It made me want to come back and win it for sure. Fourth place last year, I was like, ‘I can do this. I can win. I’m going to work very hard to get that first place this year.’ And I got it.”
What made the victory even sweeter was the road Sager had to travel to get there. She suffered a back injury early in her sophomore year that put her golf career on hold. But she returned better than ever.
“It means a lot. When I hurt my back, I didn’t know how that was going to affect me. To come back three years later and win the state championship — not playing for eight months during that time — it’s a great feeling,” Sager said. “I had to persevere through it, and even after I was able to play again, it was a slow start. Now, it’s like it doesn’t even matter. I’m so happy this year went the way it did, I wouldn’t change anything.”
ACA teammate Karlie Hughes finished 17th at 55 over for the tournament. White Plains won the Class 4A-5A championship at 38 over.
Montgomery Academy finished fourth in Class 1A-3A in its first state tournament appearance since the program was restarted three years ago. Darry Freeman led the way at 39 over and finished 14th. Morgan Karst finished 16th (+48), Frances Freeman finished 17th (+49) and Talya Whyte finished 19th (+64).
Glencoe won the Class 1A-3A title at 62 over. Hoover won the Class 6A-7A championship with a 13-over 445.