AHSAA Class 6A girls golf tournament: Central-Phenix City's Alex Harrell finishes second in state championship

May 15, 2012 

OPELIKA, Ala. -- Central-Phenix City junior Alex Harrell finished her high school golf career Tuesday with a runner-up finish in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A state tournament at Grand National.

It was her fifth straight top-5 finish in the state tournament, including her third runner-up finish.

Harrell shot a 3-over 75 Tuesday on the Lake Course to finish the two-day tournament at 5-over 149. She finished two shots behind Huntsville's Janie Jackson.

Jackson shot a final-round 77 after shooting a 2-under 70 Monday.

"I am very happy with how I played," Harrell said. "I was hitting my driver and my irons great. I had several chances for birdies, but they would go by the edge of the hole and not fall."

Mountain Brook's Tatum Jackson began Tuesday in second after a 73 Monday. She shot an 80 Tuesday to finish third at 153.

Mountain Brook won the team title with by 10 shots over Auburn, 491-501.

Harrell began the day four back of Janie Jackson and picked up three shots on the first hole as Jackson made a quadruple-bogey 8 and Harrell a bogey.

Harrell managed to tie Jackson twice after the 6th and 10th holes but never took the lead.

Jackson took the lead back with birdies on 11 and 12. Har

rell got to within one after Jackson bogeyed 17, but Harrell bogeyed 18 as Jackson parred the final hole.

Harrell, who is graduating a year early to attend Auburn on a golf scholarship, was playing in the tournament as an individual after winning the South sub-state tournament at Moores Mill in Auburn last week with a 74. The Central team, however, did not qualify.

As a seventh-grader in 2008, Harrell was part of a Central team that won the state championship. She finished fifth that year. Since then, she finished second in 2009, third in 2010 and second again last year.

Harrell won the Ledger-Enquirer All-Bi-City Female Golfer of the Year award for each of the past three years.

"I have mixed feelings," Harrell said. "I'm sad that I'm done with the high school golf chapter in my life, but I'm happy and looking forward to the next chapter that will begin this fall.

"I am very satisfied with what I've done in high school. … Of course, I wanted to win, just didn't happen for me, but I feel like I couldn't have asked for more.

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