By Jonathan Deal
Ardmore’s Lee Hodges finished in the top five at the Alabama High School Athletic Association State Golf Championships Tuesday afternoon at The Shoals Golf Course in Muscle Shoals. Hodges shot a 4-over-par 148, to finish fourth overall in the Class 4A boys.
Athens’ Micheala Williams competed in the tournament as an individual after Athens did not qualify as a team. The freshman shot a 4-over-par 76 Tuesday to finish in the top five for the second consecutive year at State. Williams finished Monday’s round with a 7-over-par 79.
Williams made the state tournament for the first time last year as an eighth-grader.
Hodges’148 helped Ardmore finish fourth as a team behind Guntersville, Saint James and UMS-Wright. Guntersville won the 4A boys tournament with a 635 total score.
Hodges entered the day tied for third after shooting an even par on the tournament’s opening day. The junior finished tied for third at last year’s tournament and had an opportunity to finish as the boys 4A winner this year.
“I’m proud of him for finishing the way he did,” Ardmore golf coach John South said. “He probably had a little higher expectations. He would have liked to win. He played well yesterday and got off to a slow start and couldn’t really get it going today.”
The fourth-place finish was Ardmore’s best ever after making the state tournament for the first time in school history last year.
“I had kind of had a target number that I was hoping we could hit,” said South. “They played well and got close to that. It’s a tough course. I thought we might be able to catch them (UMS-Wright) today. Six shots aren’t a lot in a team competition.”
Ardmore entered the day six shots behind UMS-Wright and finished with a 660 over the two days. It was the second consecutive state tournament for Ardmore’s four golfers.
“They were actually a little bit nervous yesterday,” said South. “They were really more relaxed today, but there were some tough pin placements on the course.
Ardmore’s other golfers at the state tournament were Andrew Eakes (162), Zac Garner (170) and Ty Beck (180).
Eakes finished tied for 12th while Garner and Beck finished 23rd and 27th respectively.