Fort Payne golfers Garrett, Davis advance to state finals

Harrison Davis, left, and Dawson Garrett both qualified as individuals to represent Fort Payne in the Class 6A State Tournament next week in Prattville.

The season for the Fort Payne Wildcat golf team came to an end on Monday in the finals of the Sub-State Tournament.  

In order to advance to the state’s final four, the team needed to finish in the top two at the sub-state tourney. That didn’t happen as the team shot 313 and finished fourth. 

After the top two teams advance, the two individuals with the best scores also advance. Those two individuals were both wearing Fort Payne colors Mondays as Dawson Garrett shot 1-under and Harrison Davis shot even par to book themselves spots in Prattville next week at the state finals.

Of the eight teams competing, Garrett was the only person outside of the host team, Muscle Shoals, to shoot under par on the difficult setup course.  Garrett and Davis will play 36 holes Monday and Tuesday in Prattville.

Senior Jack Barker’s season ended with the loss.  Barker has been a team leader on and off the course for the past 4-5 years.  

“I am really going to miss these guys,” Barker said. “I have learned so much from these guys.  I read a quote not long ago from Bruce Lansky.  It said ‘we learn so much from golf. Joy, happiness, and fellowship but we also learn how to suffer on the golf course.’ I have felt all those emotions, but this is the greatest group of guys I have been around. I will truly miss them.” 

Juniors Dylan Evans and Brady Moses both fired 86, but the emotions from both were extremely different.  

“In the short time I have been playing, this was the hardest course I’ve played,” Moses said. “I hit the ball really well, but just never was able to putt.”

Evans hit the fairways, but had trouble hitting greens.  

“Even when I hit the green I couldn’t putt,” Evans said. “I just couldn’t two-putt and that means trouble.”  

Putting seemed to be the problem for all the players. The greens Monday were double-cut and the pin placements were in difficult positions. None of the players could get the speed down.

Harrison Davis hit 17 greens, but just couldn’t make putts.  

“We thought the greens were fast in the last couple of tournaments, but this was really quick,” Davis said. “It was fair so we can’t complain.”  

Dawson Garrett was having better luck early in the round.  He was 2-under par headed to a short par 5 before finding a bit of trouble. 

“I was in great shape to go 3-under with a mid-iron into the green,” Garrett said. “I hit the worse shot I’ve hit all year. I dribbled the ball into the water and took a double. I was able to hit a long putt on No. 9 to get back to red numbers and was able to maintain that score.

“I was really nervous on the 18th hole. We weren’t able to talk to coaches, parents, or anyone except other players. From my last conversation with the group in front of me I thought I needed a birdie to get into a playoff with Harrison and Riley Heath (from Hartselle).  It was great news to learn that Harrison and I were in and headed to state.”

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