MHSAA 5A State Golf Championship


The high school golf season is officially in the books.

Today was the second and final day of the class 5A state championship hosted by Stone County High School at the Oaks in Pass Christian.

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The field was comprised of ten boys teams and 54 golfers including representation from Gautier, Picayune, and Long Beach.

Led by individual runner-up Cam Guidry of Picayune, the Maroon Tide also finished second in the team portion of the tournament behind individual champion Zach Watts of Lafayette and team champion Germantown.

This was the only state championship tournament played on the Gulf Coast this season. Watts said, “It means a lot. That was my goal at the beginning of the year so I mean to be able to achieve it means a lot to me. It really does.”

Gautier eighth grader Peyton Russell said, “I feel pretty good about the performance. Didn’t play real good coming down the stretch, but I’m looking forward to coming back next year.”

Stone High School Head Boys Golf Coach Brad Thorton said, “To be honest this is probably one of the only sports where home field advantage plays a huge role, getting able to play a golf course that you’ve been able to play previously. That’s not something these kids down in this area get to do and you see that benefiting Gautier, you see it benefiting Picayune, both of those teams competing for a state championship and you had a lot of good golf played down here on the Coast and it’s good that people got to come out and see it.”

Gautier’s Peyton Russell finished in third place in the individual sector.