On a tough scoring day, only three players broke par and only one, Guntersville’s Reagan Harrell, broke 70 in the 69th State Junior Championship at Gadsden Country Club.
Harrell leads the 16-18 age group, and the overall championship, after an opening round of 68, three-under-par on the tricky par 71 layout.
Point Clear’s Alex Green and Tuscaloosa’s Jackson Seawell each shot 70 to be two back with two rounds to play.
The championship is divided into ages 10-11 (nine holes per day), 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18, with the 14-15 and 16-18 age groups eligible to win the overall title as well.
Harrell had six birdies on Nos. 3, 9, 10, 11, 15 and 18, but his scorecard was marred by a triple bogey six on No. 2.
“There is OB (out of bounds) everywhere on that hole, and I felt like I hit a well struck shot but it rolled off to the side and out of bounds.
“It wasn’t a poor shot, just a poor result.
“I’m fairly happy with my round. I could have done a little better, but 68 was the number I shot for before I started the round. I always try to shoot for a number.”
Harrell just turned 16 and plays for Guntersville High School. He plays golf at Gunters Landing.
“It’s been kind of a slow summer (with his golf game), so it’s nice to be in contention.”
Green matched six birdies against five bogeys and, given the tricky wind, was pleased with his score.
“The wind made it tough and was hard to read. I made sure to really check it (the wind) on every shot as it was swirling a lot. That’s what kept the scores high.
“I feel like some of my shots didn’t get rewarded, but I’m not displeased with my round.”
Green is a senior at Fairhope High school and has verbally committed to play for the University of Alabama next year.
Seawell, whose father Jay is the head golf coach at Alabama, had a very clean scorecard with two birdies and one bogey as he sits two off the lead.
Dakota Terry of Trinity and Florence’s Ike Alexander lead the 14-15 age group on 71, with Auburn’s Addison Nix one back.
Reynolds Lambert of Birmingham and Thomas Ponder of Dothan lead the 12-13 on 75, while Evans Gross of Birmingham leads the 10-11 after a nine-hole score of 39.
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