Danny Welborn wasn’t awarded a trophy after the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s state golf tournament concluded.

But according to the Good Hope High golf coach, the Raiders had just won a state championship.

“Public school state champions, that is,” Welborn said. “The only 3A schools that beat us were all private. So that makes us the public school state champs, now doesn’t it?”

Welborn was only joking. The longtime Raiders coach knows the AHSAA doesn’t award “public school state championships.”

But if the AHSAA did, Good Hope would have won one Tuesday. The Raiders shot a 671 at the two-day tournament, finishing in fourth place overall.

The only teams that finished higher than Good Hope? Well, all three of them were private schools.

AHSAA newcomer Cottage Hill — a former AISA power — won the Class 3A boys tournament. The Warriors shot a 582, which was one of the lowest scores in any classification.

After winning a state title a year ago, perennial power Montgomery Academy took second with a 603, while Trinity Presbyterian shot a 632 for third place.

Holly Pond finished fifth overall with a 673.

“I’m proud of our kids. They had a good season,” Welborn said. “We were up against pretty darn good competition. Let me tell you, Cottage Hill and Montgomery Academy have some kids that can flat out play some golf.”

It’s hard to argue with Welborn. Cottage Hill and Montgomery Academy golfers filled the top of the leaderboard.

Cottage Hill had three golfers in the top four — including Andrew Bergoon, who won the tournament at 6-under par — and all four starters were in the top 10.

Montgomery Academy had three golfers in the top 10.

Dustin Schwaiger had Good Hope’s best showing. He fired a 77 in the final round to finish in a tie for 13th place at 11-over par.

Caleb Neighbors struggled in the final round. After shooting a 78 Monday, the Good Hope senior followed with an 86 to finish in 20th place.

Tucker Livingston finished in 27th place with a two-day score of 178, while Eli Marty took 30th and Matthew Easterwood finished in 36th place.

It was Welborn’s final tournament at Good Hope. Earlier this spring, the longtime Raiders coach told his players that he planned to retire at the end the season.

Welborn touched on that topic again when the state tournament had concluded.

“I’ve had a good run,” said Welborn, who made 12 straight appearances in the state tournament and finished as Class 3A runner-up twice during his tenure with the Raiders.

“We may not have ever won any state championships, but we still enjoyed a little bit of success and had a whole lot of fun while we were at it. But it’s time to hang it up.”

Welborn also gave the underclassmen on Good Hope’s golf team one last piece of advice.

“I talked to them after the tournament,” he said. “And I told them they need to play as many of these big, tough courses as they can.

“They just need to be playing as much golf as they possibly can all year. It’s the only way they’re going to get better … possibly compete at the state level.”

Holly Pond had a tough first day at the state tournament. The Broncos opened with the fourth highest score in all five boys classifications.

The second round went a little smoother.

Holly Pond shaved eight strokes off its first-round score, shooting a 335 Tuesday to finish in fifth place with a 673.

Paul Mattox led Holly Pond with a 165, which put him in a tie for 20th place. Austin Rowell finished in a tie for 24th with a 166, while Drew Adams finished in 26th with a 171, Zach Floyd finished in 27th with a 175 and Shane Briscoe took 31st with a 178.

Playing as an individual, Fairview’s B.J. Albirght finished in a tie for 23rd in the Class 4A tournament.

One day after shooting an 88, Albright fired a 77 to finish with a 165.

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