AHSAA State Golf Championships: Jack Lowery and Frances Brown Shine on the Links

Florence, AL – Homewood High School freshman Jack Lowery and UMS-Wright senior Frances Brown emerged victorious at the weather-shortened 2024 AHSAA State Golf Championships held Tuesday at the Robert Trent Jones Trail Golf Course in Florence. Both golfers ended the two-day, 27-hole competition as overall boys’ and girls’ leaders.

Frances Brown’s Stellar Performance

Frances Brown played a crucial role in helping UMS-Wright secure the Class 7A girls’ championship. She finished the tournament with an impressive 10-under par. On Monday, Brown shot a 64 over 18 holes and followed up with a 3-under 33 on Tuesday, totaling 98. Her performance earned her the low medalist title in Class 7A girls’ play, finishing nine strokes ahead of runner-up Klare Johnson from Grissom. Johnson scored a 71 on the first day and a 36 on Tuesday to end the tournament at 1-under 107.

Jack Lowery’s Breakthrough Victory

Jack Lowery, a freshman at Homewood, showcased his golfing potential with an 8-under 64 on Monday and a 35 on Tuesday, finishing with a 27-hole total of 99, which was 11 strokes under par. This earned him the low medalist honors in the Class 6A boys’ competition. Close behind was Cullman’s Ben Shedd, who finished 10-under overall, shooting a nine-hole round of 35 on Tuesday.

Weather Impacts Tournament

Due to inclement weather, the AHSAA State Tournament was shortened from 36 holes to 27. All classes managed to complete the first day’s 18 holes, but only the Class 4A boys were unable to finish the second-day nine-hole competition. Consequently, Monday’s totals determined the Class 4A boys’ state championship. Haleyville was declared the winner with a 2-over 290 on Monday, while Jackson finished 12 strokes behind at 302 to capture the runner-up spot. Bayside Academy (305) and Priceville (331) finished third and fourth, respectively.

Homewood’s Jackson Lowery earns low medalist honors in the 2024 AHSAA State Golf Championships. (AHSAA PHOTO | David Holtsford)

Team Champions

Team champions crowned after 27 holes on Tuesday included:

  • Class 1A/2A: North Sand Mountain with a total of 470 (38 strokes over par). Pike Liberal Arts secured second place with 476, while Elba finished third at 477.
  • Class 3A: Westbrook Christian took the state title with a total of 465 (33 strokes over par), beating runner-up Northside Methodist by 10 strokes.
  • Class 5A: Randolph won the boys’ team championship with a two-day team total of 323, followed by Demopolis at 484.
  • Class 6A: Homewood finished with a two-day total of 424, edging out UMS-Wright (438) for the championship.
  • Class 7A: Spain Park shot 2-under 142 on Tuesday and finished 5-over 439 to claim the boys’ state crown. Vestavia Hills came in second with a total of 449.

Girls’ Team Champions

  • Class 1A/3A: Tuscaloosa Academy
  • Class 4A/5A: Alexandria
  • Class 6A: Pike Road
  • Class 7A: UMS-Wright

Boys’ Individual Medalists

  • Class 1A/2A: Jay Wilson (Elba) finished with a 34 on Tuesday, earning low medalist honors with a 5-under 103 total.
  • Class 3A: Mason Crowder (Northside Methodist) earned low medalist with a 2-under 108 total.
  • Class 4A: Hudson Lawson (Haleyville) shot a 5-under 67 on Monday to earn low medalist honors.
  • Class 5A: Bailey Sutter (West Point) was 2-under on Tuesday, finishing with a 108 total.
  • Class 6A: Jack Lowery (Homewood) with an 11-under 99 total.
  • Class 7A: Chase Kyes (Spain Park) finished 5-under par overall with a two-day total of 105.

Girls’ Individual Medalists

  • Class 1A/3A: Julie Waldo (Alabama Christian) finished 3-under par at 105.
  • Class 4A/5A: Polly Kate McCrackin (Hayden) with 3-over 111.
  • Class 6A: Adalyn Pike (Athens) and Beka Yang (Pike Road) both finished at even par 108.
  • Class 7A: Frances Brown (UMS-Wright) with a total of 98.

The 2024 AHSAA State Golf Championships showcased remarkable talent and competitive spirit, further solidifying Alabama’s reputation for producing top-tier high school athletes.

Cover Photo: Polly Kate McCrackin of Hayden earned low medalist in the Class 4A/5A girls’ competition. (AHSAA PHOTO | David Holtsford)

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