Driving Through the Competition

David Pruet and Charles Vaughan, Staff Editors

The 2022 high school golf season is quickly approaching, meaning the Mountain Brook boys’ golf team is looking to defend their title for a fifth consecutive year and ninth overall.

Many of the key contributors to the Spartans’ current run of success, which began with the 2017 7A state championship, have graduated. William Wann and Gordon Sargent, both of whom won individual state titles as Spartans, have moved on to Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, respectively. However, the team feels comfortable that this year’s seniors, Coe Murdock, Tom Fischer, and Elad Sebbag will be able to continue to succeed.

“We probably have over 10 guys that could start at just about any other school so that causes us to be sharp at all times cause there’s always another person waiting to jump into the starting lineup at any time who wants it just as bad and that is what makes playing here different,” senior Elad Sebbag emphasized.

The seniors have noticed the improvements made by the rest of the team.

 “We think a lot of the younger guys, specifically the sophomore class, have gotten a lot better and will make the team even better.”

New freshman and sophmores include Haston and Lawson Emblom, Jackson Skinner, Jack Liles, Mac Ellis, and Thomas Lambert. These underclassmen have a strong group of seniors who feel obligated to keep the Spartan golf winning reputation intact. 

“I feel like we are all responsible for how good of a team we are, even the guys who don’t get a lot of tournament starts because everyone is pushing each other in some way. There are so many good junior golfers in Mountain Brook, so our team is really deep every year which creates a lot of competition for everyone,” senior Coe Murdock said.

The team’s first tournament, the David Miller Invitational, was at Lakewood Country Club in Fairhope where teams from all over the state participated. 

This competition was no match for the uber-prepared Spartans  “The competition on this team is about as good as you’ll get at any tournament, so we are always trying to beat each other even when playing rounds for fun outside of team stuff,” the whole team agrees.

Once the tournament started, there was no stopping the Spartans with senior Tom Fischer leading the way. He went on to place 1st overall, bringing home a trophy for himself, and bringing the tournament trophy home for the team as Mountain Brook was named the overall champion as well. This is a compelling start for the young team especially if they hope to go the distance last year's team went, winning the 6A State Championship. If nothing else, Mountain Brook Spartans Golf has a promising future ahead of them.