— Ardmore fought off high winds and rain Tuesday to win its third consecutive Limestone County Championship at the Canebrake Club in Athens. Lee Hodges led the way for the Tigers with a 69 as Ardmore shot 317 as team through 18 holes.
“The rain slowed down the greens and that was something I had to get used to,” said Hodges. “The wind was blowing pretty hard too, but overall, I thought I handled the weather pretty well.”
Hodges finished 15 strokes better than his closest competitor and 11 better than teammate Zach Garner. Garner shot an 80, followed by Andrew Eakes (83) and Ty Beck (85) for Ardmore.
Elkmont won the girls county championship, led by Kelsey Martin’s 52 through nine holes. Elkmont shot 165 as a team. Martin, a sophomore, was the county’s best female golfer playing in her fourth county tournament.
“I really wanted to shoot around 44,” Martin said. “The rain changed that. I’m really used to playing when it’s dry. The wind carried the ball, too.”
Elkmont’s other top golfers were Sara Christopher (55), Koribeth Schmidt (58) and Hannah Burgess (60). East Limestone finished behind Elkmont with a 173, followed by Clements (181) and Ardmore (190).
Competing as an individual, West Limestone’s Lindsay Hughes tied Martin with a 52, followed by teammate Kasey Thorton’s 53. East Limestone’s Mollie Brown shot a 53 to round out the All-County team.
East Limestone’s boys team finished second with a 358, led by Austin Green’s 88. Green said he too was affected by the wet conditions.
“I think our scores would have been lower if the conditions would have been better,” Green said. “The main thing was trying to keep a grip on the club. But I’m satisfied with my score, especially considering these conditions.”
Elkmont was three strokes behind East with a 361, led by Quin Martin’s 85. Chris Stein led West Limestone (386) with an 84.
Limestone County teams will begin section play Monday, April 30.