The Fort Payne Wildcats boys golf team finished third at the Chick Fil-A Invitational Golf Tournament last Monday at Gunter’s Landing Golf Course. 

Fort Payne shot 309 to finish behind Guntersville’s 299, who was playing on their home course.  Hartselle finished three strokes ahead of the Wildcats with a 306.

Fort Payne was led by juniors Dylan Evans, Harrison Davis and Dawson Garrett, who all shot 3-over par 75. 

Senior Jack Barker shot an 84, Brady Moses finished with an 87 and Brodie Bruce, playing as an individual, shot 105.

Evans, still recovering from a serious injury playing basketball, shot his best round of the year.  Evans was 1-under par after 12 holes before a double bogey curtailed his round. 

“I was really proud of the way I played,” Evans said. “I have really been working hard to get my game back. Last week in Birmingham I couldn’t get anything going, but over spring break I got some things straightened out. Now I just have to be consistent the rest of the year.”

Mississippi State commitment Harrison Davis put together a solid round but found trouble on the greens.  

“The greens at Terrapin Hills are really fast now and today I just couldn’t force myself to hit the ball hard enough,” Davis said. “I was leaving everything short.”  

Dawson Garrett, playing with a flu-like symptoms, managed to finish 3-over as well. 

“I was sick as a dog,” Garrett said. “I woke up this morning sick, but decided to give it a go. The more I played, the worse it got but I made it through. I was never so glad to get to that final hole.”  

Garrett recorded a birdie and had four bogeys.

Barker couldn’t get off the bogie track as he started his round with 12 consecutive bogeys.  

“I have never been as frustrated on the golf course,” Barker said. “I just couldn’t read the greens. If I read a right break, it went the other way and I never got the speed down.  I’m just going to put that round behind me.”

Brady Moses was also having trouble around the greens as he recorded an 87.  

“I had trouble hitting greens and then when I did hit the green, I had trouble putting,” Moses said.

Brodie Bruce, playing in his first tournament, shot a 105.  

“Someone asked me if I had fun and I said there wasn’t a lot of fun out there for me,” Bruce said. “I spent most of the day trying to get out of the woods. I know I can play a lot better.”

The team will play again next Monday in Tom Bell Classic at Limestone Spring Golf Course in Oneonta.

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