Anderson owns Grand National to lead Briarwood to state repeat

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Not too many high school seniors have a final week of school any better than Briarwood Christian&8217;s Rosson Anderson did.

The week that ended with two final exams and graduation on Sunday, began with two of the best rounds of golf he&8217;s played this season.

Anderson teed off at the Alabama High School Athletic Association State Golf Championships in Opelika last Monday with a hooking shot into the woods. However, two hours later he was on his way to a 68 for the day and a three-stroke lead in the Class 5A competition.

With hopes of beating his first day score on his way to a second-straight Class 5A title, Anderson mastered the front nine of Grand National Golf Course in Opelika on day two, hitting birdies on holes two, five, six and seven to sit at four-under as he entered the turn at number nine.

However, as much as Anderson was focused on his own repeat of the 5A state crown, he spent Monday night encouraging his teammates to manage their 14-stroke lead and win the Lions&8217; back-to-back crowns.

&8220;I told them &8216;We&8217;re 14 strokes ahead guys, I think this is more difficult to play with a 14-shot lead than an even lead, because when you&8217;re even, you&8217;re basically going to play aggressive,&8217;&8221; Anderson said.

Anderson carried the aggressive attitude into the second day, and so did teammate Matthew Belling, who improved 13 strokes from the previous day to balance out the 17 stroke difference among the other players.

At the end of the two rounds, Anderson and his teammates were excited about the repeat, but even more so that their top score in 5A of 19 strokes over par topped all boys teams Class 1A-6A. Anderson&8217;s two-day total of 137 was the only two-day under par performance among the boys.

&8220;Every time you get in position to win a championship it&8217;s special,&8221; said Briarwood head coach Jim Brown. &8220;You don&8217;t ever get tired of having a chance to win.&8221;

Anderson hopes his winning ways will continue in the fall when he returns to Grand National as a member of the Auburn University golf team for Coach Mike Griffin, who says he has rarely seen a performance at Grand National like Anderson&8217;s