Martin wins Shoot-out


After winning the Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament this week, Harrison Martin took the Champions Shoot-out on Friday. (Photo by Marc Golden | Gadsden Times | File)


GLENCOE — Harrison Martin won his second consecutive Etowah County Shoot-out on Friday at Silver Lakes, edging Jack Sims with a par on the final hole for the title.

The win put an exclamation mark on the week for Martin, who claimed the 2013 Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament boys championship Wednesday.

The Shoot-out featured the top 10 players from the tournament, with a player being eliminated after each hole until only one remained.

Martin survived a triple bogey on the first hole on the Heartbreaker course and eventually found his way to the final hole, while Sims entered No. 9 at 1-under par. Heartbreaker’s ninth hole is the most difficult par 4 on the course, but both Martin and Sims avoided the water down the left side and found the fairway. Their approach shots landed within 20 feet of the hole, and both missed birdie rolls. However, Martin was able to get down for par — while Sims missed just to the right — for the victory.

The Shoot-out opened with Hope Bishop — the girls tournament champion — being eliminated. Hole two eliminated Caleb Robinson after his tee shot found the trees left of the fairway and he had to take an unplayable lie.

Sims’ shot on the second hole may have been the highlight of the tournament, as his approach hit the flag stick and nearly went in for eagle.

Ali Porter was eliminated on the third hole, which led to some dramatics on the fourth. John Derrick Dawson drained a 50-foot birdie putt from above the hole and over a ridge, while both Sims and Garrison Clowdus also made birdies. Madison Cole, who missed her approach left, couldn’t get up and down and was eliminated.

On No. 5, Sims and Dawson made pars while Clowdus, Martin, Parker Brown and Cole Fairley each bogeyed with Brown being eliminated in a playoff.

The five remaining on the sixth hole each found the fairway, but only Clowdus and Dawson found the green on their approach shots. Martin and Clowdus both bogeyed, while Sims holed a slippery six-foot downhill putt to save par. Martin bested Clowdus on the playoff.

Fairley bowed out of the competition on No. 7 after he lost his ball in the rough. Sims and Martin both parred, while Dawson bogeyed to also move on to No. 8.

Martin’s beautiful tee shot on the par-3 eighth landed just three-feet from the hole for what amounted to a gimme birdie. Both Sims and Dawson missed their long birdie putts, with Sims facing an eight-footer for par to stay in the match. The putt rolled to the lip and just fell in before Dawson made his putt for par. With Sims and Dawson tied on the hole, the tie-breaker went to the lowest overall score. Sims was 1-under par, while Dawson was 1-over, eliminating Dawson and setting up the final hole for both Sims and Martin.

Prior the top 10 teeing off at Silver Lakes on Friday, the Gadsden Junior Golf Association held its award banquet Thursday night. Ali Porter won the Chad Harcrow Most Improved Player Award, Ethan Womack took home the Dr. Graves Sportsmanship Award, and Jackson Bowman won the Isaac’s Award.