Elba Tigers golf writes its name in history books

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ELBA, Ala. (WDHN) — A new chapter was written in the history books when the Elba High School boys golf team claimed the first state boys golf title for the Tigers.

The boys came out on top in Mobile to claim the Class 1A-2A state championship.

It was a party in the clubhouse when the team found out they had made history.

“I picked him up and we all started jumping and people started yelling and it was fun,” senior John Martin Wilson said.

The underdogs shot 313 to come out on top over expected winner Brantley whose team shot a 320.

“We were all really confident going into the year, maybe a few doubts, but I really didn’t expect much less from this team,” junior Collin Sauls said.

Every guy on the team is at least a tri-sport athlete.

This spring, every team member had to find time to practice golf on top of baseball practices.

“It kind of brings you close. Working out in the weight room with them and running miles it kind of brings a brotherhood to it,” Wilson said.

Members of the team say they would hit on mats at home every night.

“They have to find time to practice and I have to find time to practice with them around our busy schedules,” Elba Head Boys Golf Coach Mark Wicker said. “Without their work ethic, this wouldn’t be accomplishable.”

Wilson, the lone senior on the team, also claimed the individual state title shooting two-under par 70, another first for the Tigers.

“I feel really blessed to be able to do that,” Wilson said. “You know the team goal was really why we went in there, and I’m just blessed that the individual came along with it.”

That team-centered mindset was the key to success for the Tigers.

“We all wanted it worse for the guy beside us than we did for ourselves,” Wilson said.

The team gave credit to coach Mark Wicker who taught them to play a more conservative style of golf.

While they didn’t always like this style they admit it paid off for them in the end.

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