Spain Park golfer wins West Alabama Classic

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Defending Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A boys’ golf individual champion Michael Johnson opened his senior season at Spain Park by setting a tournament record Feb. 23 with a two-day total of 12-under par 132 to capture the West Alabama Classic individual title at Ol’ Colony Golf Course in Tuscaloosa.

Johnson, who signed a men’s golf scholarship with Auburn  University earlier this month, fired an 8-under par 64 in the first round Feb. 22. Johnson carded a four-under par 68 in the final round Feb. 23.

Spain Park, which won its third consecutive AHSAA Class 6A championship last season, finished in a two-way tie for third place in team standings with Vestavia Hills after firing a score of 633 in the first tournament of the 2011 season. Mountain Brook emerged as the champion in the 17-team field after carding a team total of 573 strokes.

Zach Verner of Spain Park carded a 17-over par 161. The Jaguars’ Riley Smith fired a 23-over par 167. Patrick Bailey rounded out the group of Spain Park golfers with his 32-over par 176.

Pelham finished 11th in team standings at the West Alabama Classic after carding a team total of 700 strokes in the tournament.

Conner Slane led the Panthers as he fired a two-day total of 13-over par 157.

Slane carded a 4-over par 76 in the first round Feb. 22. He finished the tournament with a 9-over par 81 in the final round Feb. 23.

Justin Nolen of Pelham fired a 17-over par 161 in the tournament. The Panthers’ Braxton Holley finished with a score of 183 strokes.

John Menke of Pelham finished with a score of 204 strokes.