The 52nd Girls State Junior Championship begins Tuesday at Heron Lakes Country Club in Mobile.
This three-day championship concludes Thursday and has various age divisions, with the 14-15 and 16-18 eligible to win the overall state girls title.
Point Clear’s Virginia Green is back to defend her title. She also finished tied second individually in the 6A-7A State High School Championship in May.
Others to look for include Michaela Morard of Huntsville, who made it to the semi-finals of the Women’s State Amateur last year and won the individual title in the 6A-7A State High School Championship this year; Michaela Williams of Athens, who finished second in the Girls State Junior last year and third in 2013, as well as tied second individually in the 2015 6A-7A State High School Championship; Carsen McKie, who was part of Hoover High School’s State 6A-7A winning team in both 2014 and ’15; and Birmingham’s Jordan Susce.
Multiple winners of the Girls State Junior include Martha Jones (Lang) who won it four years in a row from 1967-70. Amy Middleton won it three times: 1998, 2000 and ‘01, and Jordan Hardy, Kammie Smith, Shannon McAleer, Missy Tuck and Gabi Oubre all won it twice.
Other winners include sisters Kathy and Betsy Birchall, Beth Barry, Kim Evans, Virginia Derby (Grimes), Laura Goodwin, Haley Sanders, Haley Wilson, Bailey Gray and Alex Harrell.