The Wildcat golfers capped off an excellent year with a fourth place showing at the state finals in Muscle Shoals. Fort Payne finished with a two-day score of 621 to trail Benjamin Russell, Homewood, and champion Muscle Shoals.
The Trojans won for the second-consecutive year, giving the section three-straights wins. The bad news for the Wildcats is that Muscle Shoals returns all but one player from this year’s squad.
The Wildcats are not far behind Muscle Shoals in returning players. Fort Payne is one of the youngest teams in the State. Of the top five Wildcat starters this year, four are sophomores and one is a junior. So, the future is indeed bright for this team.
The one word that may describe this team is inconsistency. During the playoff run, Fort Payne’s Harrison Davis shot a 69 in the Sub-State, Dawson Garrett fired a five under 67 in the first round of the State and Dylan Evans shot two under on the final day. In each of these rounds no other player from Fort Payne broke par.
In fact, during the season when one player went under par no other Wildcat player was able to score below par.
“Our guys need a little rest after really going at it hard,” said coach Mark Scott. “Dawson (Garrett) will have surgery this summer to repair his right ankle that was injured in JV basketball practice. They all need to have a good summer schedule and play as many tournaments as possible.”
Garrett’s 67 in the first round led the field. Harrison Davis followed with a 76. Dylan Evans shot an 80, Jack Barker finished with an 88 and Brady Moses shot 89.
On day two, Garrett hit his opening shot into the woods and settled for a triple bogie. He never recovered and finished with a 77. Dylan Evans improved his first day total by 10 strokes shooting a 70, two under par. He got to two under early with back to back birdies on holes two and three and never wavered. He sank a long, downhill putt on number 17 to save par. That was his lowest round of the year.
“I’ve had a really hard time putting the last few weeks,” Evans said. “Everything was falling. I hit a couple balls in the water but was able to survive. I think I could have been a couple strokes better.”
Davis finished one over par the second day for a 148 total.
“It just seemed like one bad shot on several holes cost me a really good score. I missed a couple of short putts that frustrated me a little, but I was able to hold it together,” said Davis.
Jack Barker finished with a 90 and Brady Moses closed with a 96.
Thomas Reagan from Muscle Shoals shot a 7-under the final day and 136 for tournament to finish first. Garrett was fourth with an even par 144, Davis was eighth at 149 and Dylan Evans finished 10th.