PRATTVILLE – Fort Payne juniors Harrison Davis and Dawson Garrett both qualified as individuals last week to compete in the AHSAA’s State Golf Championships Monday and Tuesday at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill’s Legislator course and made the most out of that opportunity.
Both Wildcat golfers struck the ball well throughout their two rounds of competition and earned top-3 finishes in the Class 6A Boys division.
Garrett shot 149 (+5) to edge out a group of six competitors who carded 150s for third place overall. Davis finished his two rounds in 143 strokes (-1) and was crowned the 6A boys’ low medalist after posting the best individual score.
Davis was 1-under par through the first five holes in Monday’s opening round with a birdie on the 404-yard No. 2 hole.
He found some trouble on the middle holes though, starting with a bogey on the par 3 No. 6 hole. Davis got back under par with birdie on No. 7, but followed with three consecutive bogeys on a trio of 360-plus yard par 4s.
Those bogeys put Davis at 2-over with eight holes left to play. He would par his next two before firing birdies on three of his final six holes to get back to 1-under par for the round.
Two of those three late birdies came on both par 5s on the back 9 at No. 13 and 17. Davis also birdied the par 3 No. 16 to card a Day 1 score of 71.
Davis’ final round Tuesday got off to rough start as he double bogeyed the par 5 No. 1 hole. He parred five of his next six, with a bogey at the par 5 No. 5 hole putting him 2-over.
Davis then birdied at No. 8 after recording a bogey on the hole the day before and parred No. 9 to go into the turn at 1-over.
Davis started the back 9 with a bogey at No. 10. He parred his next two before catching fire over his final six holes.
Davis recorded four birdies, one bogey and one par over those final six holes to be the only 6A boys player to shoot under par for the tournament. His birdies came on both par 5s on the back nine for the second day in a row as well as at No. 15 and 18.
Garrett’s first round Monday saw him stay consistent for most of the day before closing out strong.
Garrett’s lone blemish on the front 9 came when he bogeyed the par 3 No. 6. He parred the other eight holes to card a 1-over score of 37 at the turn.
Garrett parred his first two holes on the back 9 before having his biggest hiccup of the tournament with a triple bogey on the par 4 No. 12 hole.
Garrett quickly bounced back with four straight pars before closing his round with back-to-back birdies on No. 17 and 18 to finish his first round at 2-over.
Garrett’s final round Tuesday started with bogeys at No. 2 and 4 before he parred out to sit at 4-over at the turn. He then bogeyed No. 10 and 12 and fell to 6-over par for the tournament.
Garrett then closed out with five straight pars before sinking a birdie at No. 18 to leave him in sole possession of third place in the state tournament.