Decatur Daily’s All-Area Boys Golf Team
Boys player of the year
Joe Higginbotham, Athens, Sr.: Averaged 74.7 as the No. 1 golfer for the Golden Eagles. Finished second in the Class 5A state championship tournament on the Grand National Course in Opelika with a 74-71 145 total. Medalist at the Azalea City Invitational in Mobile with a 72. Fired a 76 at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro to earn medalist honors at Class 5A Section 4 tournament for the second straight year. Named to The Daily All-Area team as a junior. Honor student at Athens High.
Rest of the team
Alex Goodwin, East Limestone, Jr.: Had 78 average as top golfer at East Limestone. He was Limestone County medalist.
Thomas Holt, Falkville, Sr.: 78 average. Had top-15 finish three times at Class 1A-2A state tournament. Medalist at Section 3 tournament. Class valedictorian.
Peyton Harris, Lawrence County, Sr.: Had team-leading 79 average at Deer Run Golf Course despite being born without a right foot and a right hand. Class valedictorian.
Bill Nabors, Decatur, So.: Had 77 average. Morgan County and Sectional medalist; Finished 19th in Class 5A state competition.
Madison Terry, Austin, Jr.: School’s top golfer with 78 for 18-hole average.
Craig Whitt, Athens, So.: Played No. 2 for the Golden Eagles with 76.9 average on the tough Canebrake course. Was medalist at Scottsboro Invitational at Goosepond with 73. Shot 77 at sectionals.
Ardmore: Derrick Broadway and Hunter Lucky; Austin: Zach Gourgeot and Dan Stephenson; Clements: John David Smith; Danville: Dillon Childers and Russell Standridge; Decatur: Andrew Lowry, Parker McAnnally, Stuart Morehead and Braxton Rainey; East Lawrence: Kolby Buttram and Caleb Coan; East Limestone: Clay Ebersold and Mitch Lamb; Hartselle: Matthew Hill; Hatton: Blake Hall and Jordan Jaggers; Lawrence County: Elijah Frost and Kyle West; Priceville: Nick Akin and Brett Wilson; R.A. Hubbard: Ramsee Miller; West Limestone: Cody Smith; West Morgan: Justin Poole.
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