Demopolis golf barely misses state tournament

Published 3:45 pm Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Demopolis High School golf team failed to make it to the state championship, as they lost to Spanish Fort, St. Paul’s and Homewood at sub-state on Monday.

The Tigers on the boys side played a good match, but came up just short as only three of the eight teams from sub-state qualified for state.

The Tigers shot a 225 and the best score of the day was 210. Short by 15 strokes, the Tigers did not make the cut.

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Anna Reid, the only girl on the team, played on the girls side of the brackets and she too came up short as she shot an 82, which was impressive, but not good enough to make the top three individual qualifiers for state.

The team had a great season, according to head coach Mike Black. They have a third place finish in sectionals to be proud of along with a 28-0 regular season.

Demopolis will be poised to make another next season, as they are returning all players except co-captain Payne Hasty.

“Payne played really great this season and helped to pull us out of some really tight matches,” Black said. “I want to thank Payne for his hard work and dedication to the DHS golf team.”

Braden Spiller, Sam Yeager, Jordan Williams, Blake Bryant, Chandler Steudeman and Anna Reid make up the starting team next year.

Black also wanted to thank the second team for working hard and getting ready to move up and push the starters for a chance to play.

“As coach of the golf team, I am proud of these young people and all they accomplished over the past two years,” he said. “This is two years in a row the team has gone undefeated and posted records of 26-0 and 28-0 in regular season play.  This is a very special and gifted group of young individuals who have worked for a goal only to have come up short for two years in a row, however, they have made a higher ranking in sectionals and sub-state each year. I have confidence they will make their goal next year and hopefully bring that state championship home to Demopolis.”

Black said he wanted to thank to the parents, teachers, faculty, staff and principal for letting the team have the opportunity to serve DHS with dignity, and also the businesses that helped support the team.

“I’d also like to thank the Ravine Golf Course for letting us play our matches at the Ravine; Mr. Johnny Booker, Amy, J.R. and the staff at the Ravine for their hard work and dedication,” he said. “And also, thanks to Demopolis for your support of the Demopolis High School sports program.”