Fort Payne junior golfer Dawson Garrett netted the first hole-in-one of his career Thursday at Terrapin Hills to help lift the Wildcats past TopCat rival Scottsboro.
Garrett lofted a 50-degree wedge toward the No. 2 green from 133 yards away. The ball hit a yard behind the flag and backed up toward the hole, where it wedged against the flagstick.
“When I hit the ball, I thought it was going to be close but I never thought it would go in,” Garrett said. “I’ve hit a lot of balls that I thought had a chance to go in, so I just assumed that was going to be another close one. I've hit that same flagstick three times this year and finally it went in. I was really excited that it was in a match.”
Fort Payne golfers Harrison Davis has two aces and senior Jack Barker has one.
“I needed to get one to keep pace,” Garrett said. “Dylan (Evans) and Brady (Moses) need to join the club before we graduate.”
Garrett, Davis, Evans and Moses are all junior classmates.
Davis and Evans both shot 41 and Barker shot 42 as Fort Payne handled Scottsboro with ease. Garrett finished with an even-par 36 on the front nine.
At the David Miller Memorial Tournament in Mobile earlier this season, the team finished sixth in a field of 16 teams. Davis led the team with a 76 and a 72 and was named to the All-Tournament team.
Garrett shot a 78-75, Evans finished with 85-83 and Barker shot 86-86. No one on the team had ever played the course and Mountain Brook claimed the championship.
At the Joe King Memorial Tournament in Auburn on March 1-2, the FPHS team finished fifth.
The tournament was shortened to 18 holes due to inclement weather. Mountain Brook and Providence Christian, led by Alabama signee Thomas Ponder, tied for the lead and the Spartans won in a playoff.
Davis eagled the final hole for a 2-under par 70. He was named to the all-tournament team. Garrett was 2-over par 74, Evans fired a 78 and Barker finished at 81 for a team score of 304.
The team is scheduled to play in the Bradley Johnson Tournament in Birmingham March 18-19.