Point Clear’s Alex Green fired a closing round 64 to win the 69th State Junior Championship at Gadsden Country Club by two from overnight leader Steven Setterstrom Jr. of Mobile.
Green had rounds of 70-67-64–201 for a 12-under-par total, with Setterstrom shooting 72-64-67–203.
Jake DeZoort of Tuscaloosa and Brooks Rabren of Dozier finished tied for third on 210.
But it was Green’s day as he fired seven birdies (on Nos. 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14 and 15) and 11 pars for a bogey-free closing round.
“It’s my best score in competition and is awesome to win the State Junior. There are a lot of well known names on that trophy and adding mine to them is very special,” Green said.
Making it extra special is the fact that his younger sister, Virginia Green, won the Girls State Junior earlier this summer, believed to be a first for a brother and sister to win in the same year.
“Going into the week I set myself a target of 10-under-par for the championship. After my first round, I knew I’d have to take it deep in the next two rounds, but felt like I could do it.”
That he did as he barely missed a shot the entire final round and did not struggle to make par even once.
“I just tried to focus on my target, stick to my routine every shot and keep it going. As I kept making birdies, I wanted to see how low I could take it.”
Setterstrom shot four-under the final round with the lead, but could not hold a hard charging Green.
“It’s hard to beat someone who shoots 64. I couldn’t make a putt on the back nine, but now I head off to (the University of) Alabama with confidence after my final junior tournament.”
He starts school as a freshman on the Alabama golf team in a couple of weeks; Green has verbally committed to play for Alabama next year; and the third member of the final group, Jackson Seawell, who shot a closing 74, father is Jay Seawell, coach of Alabama’s men’s golf team.
The championship was 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.
Davis Thompson of Auburn shot 74-71-70–215 to win the 14-15 age group, with Auburn’s Addison Nix (72-75-72–219) and Florence’s Ike Alexander (71-75-73–219) tied for second.
Thomas Ponder of Dothan won the 12-13 after rounds of 75-72-67–214, with Birmingham’s Austin Coggin second (81-76-70–227), while Evans Gross of Birmingham won the 10-11 after nine-hole scores of 39, 38 and 38.
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