The Cullman Times
Aksel Olsen finished the Wallace State Fall Invitational at 8-under to wind up second individually, propelling the Lions to a third-place team result on Tuesday at the Cullman Golf Course.
After 54 holes spread out over Monday and Tuesday, Central Alabama’s Baxter Reeves edged out Olsen for the tournament’s low-medalist honors by a single stroke.
According to Wallace State coach Dan York, Olsen ran into a bit of trouble at the eighth hole in his final round. The Norweigian freshman ultimately carded a double bogey after flying the green and landing in an unplayable area.
“To lose the tournament by one shot, that was a bit of misfortune,” York said. “But for him to be a freshman and play that well in his first tournament is great.”
The rest of the All-Tournament Team, which consisted of the five golfers with the lowest scores, was as follows: Arthur Leonard, Brevard Community College, third, 4-under; Hayes Weatherby, Mississippi Gulf Coast College, fourth, 3-under; and T.J. Morgan, Meridian Community College, fifth, 2-under.
Kolby Hamrick came up just short of making the top squad. The Lions’ sophomore rebounded from a first-round 78 with rounds of 2- and 4-under to end up at even-par.
Behind Reeves’ big outing, Central Alabama took home the team title at 14-under overall. Brevard was second with an even-par total, while Wallace State was close behind in third at 2-over.
Considering he had four freshmen in his season-opening lineup, York was pretty pleased with his team’s performance. He said they closed the tournament strong after giving in to inexperience in the first round.
“Our freshmen gained experience,” York said. “We’ve got quite a bit of talent on this golf team, and I only believe we’re going to get better. We can certainly compete with anybody we play.”
The Lions will return to the course Sept. 24-25 for a tournament in Meridian, Miss.
Katie Self had five kills, Karlee Perdue pitched in four and Brittany Hopkins walloped three as Class 2A’s ninth-ranked Cold Springs volleyball team improved to 13-5 with a two-set (25-20, 25-11) road win over Sumiton Christian on Monday.
Hopkins also contributed four aces, while Perdue had six assists and two aces.
The Eagles’ junior varsity squad also defeated Sumiton Christian in two sets (25-4, 25-10).
Keegan Johnson helped out with fives assists and five aces, Hanna Wilson added five kills and four aces, Aerial Bailey had four assists and two kills, and Hannah Watson served up four aces.
Cold Springs traveled to Oakman for an area match on Tuesday. Results from that contest were not made available by deadline.
% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.