Semifinals set at Alabama Match Play
Lee Hodges
Lee Hodges

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — There are just four players left in the field in the 15th Alabama State Match Play Championship at Montgomery Country Club after two grueling days of two matches a day.

Jake DeZoort, Lee Hodges, Richard Douglas and Patrick Martin are those left standing and one of them will be crowned a state champion Saturday afternoon after the semifinals and final conclude.

DeZoort, 17, of Tuscaloosa will be a freshman on the University of Alabama golf team in the fall of 2016 and he beat Joey Holley of Troy, a State champion multiple times, in Friday afternoon's quarterfinals. DeZoort had to come from behind to do so and won on the final hole, 1 up.

DeZoort will meet current UAB golfer Lee Hodges of Elkmont in Saturday morning's semifinals after Hodges beat John-Michael O'Toole of Pinson, who just graduated from the University of Cincinnati, 3 & 2 in the quarterfinals.

The other semifinal will pit former Vanderbilt golfer Richard Douglas of Trussville, who beat Hunter Bronson of Montgomery in the quarterfinals, against Vanderbilt incoming freshman Patrick Martin of Birmingham. Martin beat Mountain Brook High School rising junior Ben Fuller 1 up in their quarterfinal.

This championship is a true test of endurance with the winner having survived six matches over three days.

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36 holes of gross individual stroke play to determine 16 players for match play. Entries are open to any male amateur golfer who is a legal resident of Alabama, and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at an AGA member club that does not exceed 8.4. Senior division added in 2020.

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