Westbrook girls qualify for state golf tournament


Westbrook’s Ella Lawley taps in a putt during her round Monday at Gadsden Country Club. (Photo by Marc Golden | Gadsden Times)


Westbrook Christian girls golf coach Misti Fairchild wanted to know where she stood with her team at the start of season.

So she asked them if they were satisfied with a fifth-place finish at the state tournament in 2012. The overwhelming response? Absolutely not.

“I said if you’re not satisfied, then I am willing to work with you,” Fairchild recalled. “They have really, really worked hard and they deserve to go again.”

The Warriors earned their second straight trip to the state Monday by finishing second in the Class 1A-5A Sub-state tournament at Gadsden Country Club.

Westbrook (11-2) finished with a three-golfer total of 256, good enough for second place and a ticket to compete at the Schoolmaster in Muscle Shoals for the state title next Monday.

Alexandria edged Westbrook with a 253 and Muscle Shoals finished with a 260 for third, meaning just seven strokes separated those who qualified for the state tournament.

“I told them before sectional and before today, I feel l ike they’ve worked harder than any of those teams out there,” Fairchild said.

It certainly showed Monday. Ella Lawley shot an 82 and Ali Porter carded an 83. April Godsey finished with a 91 and Katie Cone had a 99, while individuals Ellie Porter and Sydney Fairchild competed as individuals. Porter finished with an 89 and Fairchild had a 104.

“I’m blessed with a lot of girls with a lot of talent,” said Fairchild, who is in her seventh year as a golf coach at Westbrook.

Falling just short of a state berth was Glencoe in fourth. Hope Bishop shot a team-low 82 for the Yellow Jackets, while Madison Cole had an 86 and Madison Autwell carded a 105.

Athens was fifth with a 274 and Scottsboro finished sixth with a 277.

Boaz’s Leigh Allison Reaves, playing as an individual, wrapped up her season with an 89.

Low-medalist honors went to Athens’ Michaela Williams, who shot a 77. Also qualifying for state as an individual were Central Florence’s Rachel May (78) and Brooks’ Tori Smith (81).