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Glencoe qualifies for 2nd straight trip to boys state golf tournament

Glencoe’s Caleb Robinson hits from the rough during sub-state tournament play at Silver Lakes on Monday. (Photo by Eric T. Wright | Gadsden Times)


GLENCOE — The Glencoe High School boys golf team overcame adversity Monday to qualify for the Class 3A state tournament in Prattville next week.

The five Yellow Jacket golfers pulled out a 336 in the 3A North sub-state tournament at Silver Lakes and are heading back to the state tournament for the second-straight year after finishing third and claiming the final qualifying spot with its top four scores on the Mindbreaker and Heartbreaker courses.

“We didn’t play our best today,” coach Joey Sims said, explaining that the Yellow Jackets’ Caleb Robinson led the way to the third-place finish with a 78, despite bogeying the last hole. “To do what he did at No. 5 was big. ... All five players at some point in time this season have been big for us and today was his day.”

White Plains repeated as the sub-state winner with a 316, and West Morgan was the runner-up at 327.

Before qualifying last year for state, Glencoe had missed three straight years of state tournament play after going back-to-back in 2008 and 2009.

While Robinson gutted out the only Glencoe round in the 70s and was one of only six on the day, it was a team effort from the Yellow Jackets on Monday.

“Silver Lakes played tough,” Sims said. “It played a little longer than normal.”

Jack Sims, the Yellow Jackets No. 1, overcame six straight bogeys to finish play with 7 pars and an 82.

Coach Sims attributed the bounce-back effort of the team on a course that played really long to the work of his assistant coaches Randy Acton and Brent Lang.

He stressed Jack Sims managing to fight back after the string of bogeys correlated directly with the words of Acton.

“Randy has constantly told our guys to never quit and never give up on a round, and I credit a lot to that because Jack didn’t give up.”

Andrew Lang shot an 86 for the Yellow Jackets, while Garrison Clowdus and Cole Fairley both carded 90s.   

“We’re really fortunate to be there,” coach Sims said of his players gaining the state tournament. “They’ve played really hard and worked hard this year. I’m just glad to be along for the ride, because I feel like that’s all I do is ride around on a golf cart and watch them.”

All five Glencoe players returned this year from last year’s state tournament team, and Sims said “having experience under their belt hopefully will help.”

He noted that part of their improvement this year relates to the help they received from PGA course managers Jason Callan at Silver Lakes and Matt Ganshaw at Twin Bridges Golf Club in Gadsden.

One area golfer, Logan Forrester, qualified for Monday’s sub-state torunament as an individual and shot an 89, but failed to qualify for the state tournament, which starts Monday.

The two-day state tournament will be played on the Capitol Hill Golf Course in Prattville, which like Silver Lakes is a Robert Trent Jones golf course. 

Glencoe will play the Senator Course at Capitol Hill.