BIRMINGHAM, ALA. (June 30, 2011) – On a day of low scoring, overnight leader Alex Harrell shot a final round of 71 to capture the 48th Girls State Junior Championship over the East Course at The Country Club of Birmingham.
Added to her previous rounds of 74 and 71, Harrell, 16 and a rising junior at Central High School in Phenix City, ended up on even-par 216.Cammie Gray of Northport fired a closing round of 69 to pull from fifth overnight into second. This home schooled senior-to-be shot previous rounds of 77-72 to finish on 218.
And Gabi Oubre of Mobile (70-76-76–222) finished third.
But the day belonged to Harrell who struggled a little off the tee, but credited some fine recovery shots with keeping her score going.
“I had no idea where I stood all day. I had heard Cammie (who was playing in the group ahead) was playing well. I just tried to play my own game and hope that would be good enough.”It was.
“The competition has gotten so much better,” Harrell continued. “All these girls are my friends and we push each other along.”
She got off to a fast start with and eagle on No. 4 and a birdie on No. 5. However, four bogeys in the next six holes had her a little unsure of herself, but a strong finish with birdies on Nos. 15 and 17 saw her home.
Harrell has been playing well of late highlighted by a closing round of 65 to win an SJGT event in Newnan, Ga. earlier this month.
She finished second in the State High School championship this year with two rounds of 71 and had a stroke average of 72 in high school golf last season.
Gray’s closing round of 69 was her career low.
“I only started playing golf four years ago. Even though I was five (strokes) back, I felt I had a chance as I could make birdies on this course.”That she did with eight in her second round and five more in the final round.
Cynthia L. Navis of Point Clear tied the low round of the day with a 68 to come from behind to win the 14-15 age group. (She tied Jessica Rouillard of Auburn who also shot a closing 68).Navis, 15, had rounds of 77-76-68–221 to beat Tatum Jackson of Mountain Brook (73-78-76–227) by six shots.
“It was an average day on the front nine and then things really went crazy on the back nine. I had an eagle and three birdies and shot 31.”Navis will be a freshman at Bayside Academy in Daphne.
Jordan Susce of Birmingham won the 12/13 age group after rounds of 79-79-76–234, with Micheala Williams of Athens (80-80-82–242) second.
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