Winners crowned as Girls State Junior Championship concludes

Published 5:08 pm Thursday, June 28, 2012

Gabi Oubre', of Mobile, Ala., tees off on No. 17 during the Alabama State Junior Golf Championship tournament at the Troy Country Club in Troy, Ala., Thursday, June 28, 2012. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

The 49th Girls State Junior Championship concluded on Thursday at the Troy Country Club with three ladies being crowned champions in their respective age divisions.

2009 winner Gabi Oubre’ of Mobile shot a 2-under-par 70 to card a 216 and hold off defending champion Alex Harrell and Logan Chaney by a single stroke in the 16-18 age group.

“I didn’t take advantage of the par 5s like I wanted to in the first two rounds,” Oubre’ said.

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It was a very stressful final round because everyone was close and it was up and down, back and forth. I’ve played with Alex a lot and she’s an excellent player so I knew it was going to be tough.”

Oubre’ improved as the tournament progressed shooting a 74 in the first round and a 72 in round two.

“I was just trying to stick with my game plan all week and execute good shots,” Oubre’ said. “I was trying to make pars but give myself birdie chances.”

Micheala Williams of Athens was the champion in the 14-15 division shooting a 231 including a final round 73 on Thursday.

“Everything seemed to be going left in the first two rounds,” Williams said of her matching 79s. “I played better today. I hit more fairways, found more greens.”

Williams also turned in the highlight moment of the tournament with a double-eagle during her second round on Wednesday. Williams was playing No. 1, a 460-yard par-5, when she smoked her drive 210 yards into the fairway.

“I was about 250 yards out and the hole plays down-hill and down-wind,” Williams said. “I was just trying to get into a position to birdie the hole.”

Using a 21-degree hybrid, Williams landed the ball 25-yards short of the green, which proceeded to roll onto the green and into the hole.

“I needed that,” Williams said. “I wanted to stay under 80.”

Troy’s Lindsay Lee finished 12th with a 406 for the tournament.

Virginia Green of Point Clear took the 12-13 age group title with a 221. Wednesday’s 5-under 67 stood as a tournament low in all age divisions.

“I feel really good about posting my all-time low score,” Green said. “I was a little nervous on the first day but I feel good about all three rounds.”

Troy’s Susie Stell posted a 288 to finish eighth.