Glencoe boys advance to state golf tourney


Glencoe’s Jack Sims celebrates a birdie putt during Monday’s Sub-state tournament at Silver Lakes. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)


GLENCOE — After missing out on a trip to the state tournament the past two years, Glencoe High School’s boys golf team is back where it wants to be.

The Yellow Jackets finished second in the Class 3A Sub-state tournament Monday at Silver Lakes Golf Club, shooting a 336 to qualify for next week’s state tournament in Muscle Shoals.

White Plains won the tournament with a 326, followed by Glencoe and West Morgan, who also shot a 336 but lost to the Yellow Jackets on a scorecard playoff. The top three teams from each Sub-state site advance to the state tournament.

The last time Glencoe reached the state tournament was in 2010. In 2011, it missed qualifying by two strokes and last year missed out by three strokes. But on Monday, the Yellow Jackets battled a steady, cold rain with high winds to advance.

“I’m just so proud of these kids,” Glencoe (53-10-2) coach Joey Sims said. “To play in the weather today, in these kind of conditions, what they did was incredible.”

Jack Sims led the way, recording a 6-over 78 on the Mindbreaker and Heartbreaker courses. Garrison Clowdus and Caleb Robinson both shot 85, Andrew Lang had an 88 and Cole Fairley finished with a 91. The top four scores from each team are calculated for the team total.

Piedmont also participated in the tournament and had an individual advance to the state tourney. Hunter Pike shot a 79 to qualify and led the Bulldogs to a team total of 357, which was good enough for sixth.

Low-medalist honors went to White Plains’ Kyle Morrow, who shot a 75. Other low scorers who will advance to state as individuals were Holly Pond’s Colby Adams (76) and Good Hope’s Eli Marty (77).

The state tournament begins Monday at the Schoolmaster, a Robert Trent Jones golf course in Muscle Shoals. Coach Sims is looking forward to the challenge and acknowledged the Yellow Jackets’ success this season has been a “team effort.”

“I’m so grateful for (assistants) Randy Acton and Brent Lang for their help this year,” he said. “It’s been a team effort, and it’s meant a lot to me the way our guys have played this year.”

The Class 4A Sub-state tournament also was Silver Lakes on Monday. Guntersville won with a 310, followed by Ardmore (335) and Randolph (347), who beat Brooks in a playoff. Earning low medalist was Ardmore’s Lee Hodges, who fired a 6-under 66.