On Tuesday the Fort Payne Wildcats’ golf team accomplished the first step in their quest for a state title with a second-place finish at Canebrake Country Club in Athens.
The team fired a strong score of 292 to finish second to Muscle Shoals. The Trojans, led by Hunter Battles’ 7-under par, shot 287. Hartselle was one stroke behind the Wildcats.
The top four teams advance to the Sub-State Monday. Hazel Green grabbed the final playoff position with a team score of 316.
Harrison Davis led the team with a 4-under par 68.
“That’s the best I have played from tee to green this year,” Davis said. “The greens were fast, I was hitting fairways and it all came together. We’ve still got work to do next week to make it to the final four.”
Dawson Garrett shot even par for the Wildcats.
“I had an eagle on the second hole and hit every green from there until No. 17 where I pushed a drive into trouble and lost two strokes,” Garrett said. “Overall, I was pleased with my play but I can’t give away strokes.”
Earlier in the week, Garrett posted his second hole-in-one in a month when he hit a nine iron 192 yards on No. 16 at Terrapin Hills.
Senior Jack Barker continued his good play by posting a 75, which marks his best score of the year.
“I am really playing great right now,” Barker said. “I know all of the guys can say the same thing, but I left some strokes out there. My putting saved me on a couple holes.”
Dylan Evans chipped in with a 77.
“I got off to a bad start with a couple of bogeys, but it came together late,” Evans said. “I’ve still got to get used to these fast greens.”
Brady Moses finished with an 87 for Fort Payne.
“I’ve just been playing a year and a half, so an 87 was good for me,” Mosed said. “Anytime I can break 90, I’ll take it. I’ve got to keep working to improve my game.”
On Monday, the team will play in the Sub-State in Muscle Shoals. The teams representing section four are Fort Payne, Hartselle, Muscle Shoals, and Hazel Green. Four more teams advanced from section 3 and Only two teams will advance to the state finals.
In girls play, Meg Martin fired a 92 to earn the right to play in the Sub-State.
“I really played great,“ Martin said. “That 92 included an eight on one hole and a triple on another hole. Golf is fun when I play that way.”