‘Cats place 2nd at Patriot Invitational

The Fort Payne High School boys’ golf team earned another solid finish in tournament play after placing second in the Bob Jones Patriot Invitational on Monday.

The tournament was played at The Ledges golf course in Huntsville, which is known as one of the most challenging courses in the state.

The team was able to overcome several tough holes to post a team score of 312, which was second only to Oneonta.

“This team continues to impress me,” Fort Payne head coach Nathan Wehunt said. “This was the toughest course our team has played, plus the greens had just been aerated and that made putting difficult. We had several three-putt greens.”

As has become standard this season, Harrison Davis and Dawson led the Wildcats in scoring, but sophomore Jack Barker stepped his play up with an 80, which marks the best round of his playing career at Fort Payne.

Fort Payne’s score of 312 was tied for second place with Hartselle, which brought the tie-breaker rule into play and Barker’s 80 tipped the scales in the Wildcats’ favor.

“Not only did Jack shoot his best score, but Alex Mitchell and Dylan Evans both shot 83,” Wehunt said. “We are really close to being a really good team. We just need to be consistent and we’re getting there. We’re going to use the second half of the the season to continue to improve. Our worst finish in tournaments has been third, but we need to win one of those.”

Davis led the Wildcats in scoring with a 1-over 72, which was the second-best individual score in the tournament by one stroke. He was named to the All-Tournament Team.

“I hit the ball really well, but I had some trouble on the greens,” Davis said. “One of the guys who played with me said it could have very well been a 67 or 68, but I can’t be disappointed with that score.”

Garrett had trouble with a few holes, but recovered to shoot a 77 and finished eighth in the 74-man field.

The team returns home today for a 4 p.m. match with Cherokee County and Cedar Bluff at Terrapin Hills Country Club before taking next week off for spring break.

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