Brownell captures Pigeon Dove title
by Johnathan Bentley
Jun 06, 2012 | 1500 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dustin Sanders of Cordova hits a drive on the 17th hole during Tuesday's Pigeon Dove Tournament. The event was shortened to one day due to rain Monday morning. Sanders finished in a tie for second in the 16-19 age group. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
Dustin Sanders of Cordova hits a drive on the 17th hole during Tuesday's Pigeon Dove Tournament. The event was shortened to one day due to rain Monday morning. Sanders finished in a tie for second in the 16-19 age group. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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Alex Brownell had four birdies over the final nine holes to build a lead and pull away for the 2012 Pigeon Dove Junior Tournament title on Tuesday at the Musgrove Country Club golf course.

Two-time tournament champion Weston Griffith finished in a tie for second.

Brownell won the boys 16-18 division with a 1-over par 72 in the event, which was cut from two days to one due to rainy conditions on Monday morning.

Brownell, of Prattville, won by four strokes over four golfers who finished at 5-over par, including Griffith of Jasper and Cordova golfer Dustin Sanders. Brownell had an up-and-down day at Musgrove, recording just seven pars to go with six bogeys and five birdies.

Griffith was hampered by three bogeys over a five-hole stretch on the back nine. Sanders had 13 pars and a birdie on Tuesday, but was hurt by a triple-bogey on the 10th hole.

Lee Lann of Haleyville and Gunnar Hillikar of Tuscaloosa also finished tied for second. Scotty Lawrence (77), Will Datuin (78), Andrew Moore (78), Will Morrison (78) and Wilson Standeffer (78) rounded out the top 10.

Griffith won last year’s event by four strokes with a two-day total of 143 (70-73).

Michael Brown won a hotly contested 14-15 division after shooting a 72 on Tuesday. He edged three golfers (Austin Gean, Banks Nash and Sam Goldasich) by two strokes. Brown had five birdies as well as an eagle on the par 5 11th hole.

Dakota Terry had the lowest score of the day, shooting an even-par 71 to win the boys 12-13 division by two strokes over Jack Goldasich.

Micheala Williams of Athens won the girls championship, shooting a 1-over 72 on the day. Williams had five birdies and was three-under on the front nine. She defeated Jordan Susce of Birmingham by three strokes. Susce closed her round by knocking down a 20-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole.

Mychael O’Berry of Hoover claimed the girls 14-and-under division, shooting an 82 and defeating second-place Jordan Clark by four strokes.

The tournament included a field of 96 golfers from across the state. By contrast, less than 50 golfers participated in the tournament last year.

Musgrove County Club golf professional Phil Green said the boost is due in part to the Pigeon Dove Tournament being included in the Alabama Junior Golf Association (AJGA) schedule.

“We’ve teamed up with the AJGA. That’s been great for exposure. We expect this tournament to grow every year. It’s already one of the top events in the state,” Green said. “This is a good chance for us. It puts us on the map.”

Starting with this year’s event, junior golfers involved in the AJGA can earn points by playing in the Pigeon Dove Tournament.r golfers involved in the AJGA can earn points by playing in the Pigeon Dove.