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White Plains, Donoho state-bound

Hayes shoots career round to help White Plains boys ‘save season,’ Donoho boys, Borders qualify for state

White Plains sophomore Colman Hayes (C) is consoled by Calhoun County schools superintendent Joe Dyar (L) and teammate Layton Bussey after the playoff for 4A North medalist Monday.

White Plains sophomore Colman Hayes (C) is consoled by Calhoun County schools superintendent Joe Dyar (L) and teammate Layton Bussey after the playoff for 4A North medalist Monday.

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Colman Hayes was disappointed when he lost a playoff for sub-state medalist Monday, but he had the consolation that he played the round White Plains golf coach Marcus Harrell said “saved our season.”

Hayes bounced back from a disastrous start to shoot his best round ever, a 3-over-par 73 that led the Wildcats to the Class 4A North Sub-state title at Anniston Country Club.

The Calhoun County champions shot 313 and won the team title by three over Oneonta. Once all the scores were posted, Hayes lost to Oneonta’s Will Patrick on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff for low medalist.

“It wasn’t about me today,” said Hayes, a sophomore who plays No. 4. “It’s Layton’s (Bussey) senior year and we’re trying to get him to state.”

The Wildcats did that by also counting 77 from sophomore Nathan Griffin (38-39), 78 from lone senior Bussey and 85 from sophomore Cameron McCareeth. P.J. Sotelo (89) completed the lineup.

It was a comeback effort. Collectively, they were 16-over-par on just the first two holes and 27-over after the first nine.

“We had to overcome a lot of adversity today,” Harrell said. “We got off to a terrible start; on the first two holes we had four balls go out of bounds. So, I’m super proud of the way they held it together.

“I’d say out of the four years I’ve been this is one of the biggest accomplishments we’ve had. Out of all the teams we’ve had, this is the one that wasn’t supposed to do all the things that we’ve done, according to everybody from the outside.

“Our younger kids pulled us out today. We really weren’t sure how they were going to handle the pressure because this is a different atmosphere than anything we’ve played in, not just from us but … everything is different. We’ve got four tenth graders who’ve never played in the sub-state teeing it off today. There was a lot of unexpected out there today.”

The way his round started one never would have thought Hayes would have even been in the position he found himself at the end of the day.

He hit three balls off the first tee and started 9-5, 6-over-par. He actually found his first ball inbounds and would have had a shot to the green, but surrendered the ball when he hit the third from 190 yards out. He played his last 12 holes in 4-under-par.

“I grinded through that one,” he said. “After that (first) hole I just told the guys sarcastically ‘well, that was a good hole;’ I was just trying to keep my head up to through the round.

“After I made the ‘penta’ (their term for quintuple bogey) and the bogey on the second hole I told myself I wasn’t going to go backwards. After that, everything just kind of came together. … If I wouldn’t have made that ‘penta’ I wouldn’t have been motivated to get birdies.”

He bogeyed No. 6, then made birdies on 7, 8, 11 and 17.

“He saved us in both playoff competitions,” Harrell said. “He saved us in sectionals (with a 78) and he definitely saved us today. He saved our season today.”

The Donoho Falcons qualified for the state tournament for the second year in a row.

The Donoho Falcons qualified for the state tournament for the second year in a row.

Donoho second in Boys 1A-2A North Substate

DECATUR — Donoho advanced to the state finals for the second year in a row by finishing second at Decatur Country Club.

The Falcons shot 320 as a team, 10 back of winner Decatur Heritage. Jacob Lecroy shot their low round, 75. They also counted 80 from Jack Svenson, 84 from Ross Svenson and 81 from No. 5 Harrison Hughston.

JCA’s Borders qualifies in Girls 1A-3A North Substate

RAINBOW CITY – JCA senior Chloe Borders qualified for state as an individual after shooting 79 at Gadsden Country Club.

She made it by the shot she missed it by a year ago. She played her final 13 holes in 3-over-par and parred the last two holes to secure her spot.

“I had no clue what anybody else was doing,” Borders said. “I was keeping the girl who shot 74’s score, but didn’t know about anybody else. I just played kind of hoping it would be enough. I’m pretty excited.”

At Anniston CC

Team scores
White Plains 313
Oneonta 316
Brooks 329
Haleyville 331
Westminister 339
Rogers 358
Hokes Bluff 367
DAR 368

Medalist: Will Patrick, Oneonta (playoff)
Qualifiers: Johnson, North Jackson; Jake Lackey, Westminster (playoff)

Individual scores
Will Patrick, Oneonta 35-38—73
Colman Hayes, White Plains 39-34—73
Matt Johnson, North Jackson 33-41—74
Stewart Miller, Oneonta 38-37—75
Jake Lackey, Westminster 35-41—76
Teagan Miller, Westminster 37-39—76
Zade Wood, Brooks 38-38—76
Nathan Griffin, White Plains 38-39—77
Colby Chaviers, Oneonta 39-38—77
Layton Bussey, White Plains 36-42—78
Will Cabler, Rogers 37-41—78
Riley McRoy, Westminster 43-36—79
Colton Russell, Haleyville 41-38—79
Rob Richards, Haleyville 39-41—80
Andrew Miller, White Plains 38-42—80
JB Miller, Haleyville 40-43—83
Johnathon Moody, Brooks 41-42—83
Riley Chandler, DAR 42-41—83
Cole Contris, Hokes Bluff 40-43—83
Jacob Johnson, Deshler 41-42—83
Cameron McCareeth, White Plains 40-45—85
Kyle Holden, Rogers 41-44—85
Evan Hamner, Brooks 41-44—85
Justin Olive, Brooks 41-44—85
Andrew Archer, Central 44-41—85
Easton Jones, DAR 44-42—86
Kyle Haynes, Priceville 43-43—86
P.J. Sotelo, White Plains 44-45—89
Reid Haughton, Haleyville 43-46—89
Ree Rollison, Brooks 42-47—89
Hunter Thomas, Rogers 44-47—91
Ty Hayes, Oneonta 48-43—91
Jeremy Black, Hokes Bluff 44-47—91
Zach Ashley, Brooks 40-52—92
Jacob Hyatt, JB Pennington 42-51—93
Hunter Sanford, Jacksonville 47-47—94
Josh Jones, Hokes Bluff 46-48—94
Alex Prickett, DAR 45-51—96
Tucker Marsh, Hokes Bluff 48-51—99
Matthew Jones, Hokes Bluff 48-53—101
Dawson Wright, DAR 49-54—103
Joseph Hughes, Rogers 54-50—104
Chandler Harper, Rogers 55-52—107
Tyler Troup, DAR 51-56—107
Brett Clark, Westminster 55-53—108
Blaine Shoemaker, Westminster 53-60—113

At Decatur CC

Team scores
Decatur Heritage 310
Donoho 320
Red Bay 331
Fyffe 371
Section 373

DONOHO (320): Jacob Lecroy 75, Jack Svenson 80, Ross Svenson 84, Robert Clausen 87, Harrison Hughston 81.

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