'Cats win Hazel Green tourney by 1 stroke

The Fort Payne High School boys’ golf team fired their best score of the season thus far with a 297 to win the Hazel Green Invitational at the Hampton Cove Golf Course in Huntsville on Thursday.

“Everyone played great golf and the results speak for themselves,” Fort Payne head coach Nathan Wehunt said. “We really have some talented players on this team and when they all play at a high level, we are hard to beat.”

Freshman Dawson Garrett matched his best score with the high school shooting a 3-under par 69 for the round to lead the Wildcats and the entire field.

“Dawson was really on his game,” Wehunt said. “He didn’t have a bad shot all day. With a little luck, he could have been five or six under. He had two putts hang on the lip and just missed a couple others.”

Senior Alex Mitchell proved to be difference-maker in the Wildcats’ one-stroke win over Hartselle.

The rest of the team was in the clubhouse waiting on Mitchell to finish and knew they had a chance to win the tournament.

Mitchell came through on his final hole of the day and sank a 15-foot putt off of the side of a hill to eagle the 18th hole and seal the Wildcats’ victory.

Mitchell’s score of 74 was his best as a high school player.

“Alex is a really good player,” Wehunt said. “He just need to eliminate the big holes, and today he did.”

Freshman Harrison Davis birdied six holes at Hampton Cove, but also found water on a few occasions leading to two bogies and a double bogey. He carded a 75 for the day.

“We played the River Course and there is water on every hole,” Wehunt said. “None of our guys had ever played this course, and Harrison had a couple shots hit the side of the green and kick into the water. With a little luck, he could have been under par.”

Freshman Dylan Evans recovered from an early hole that he quadruple-bogeyed to card a 79. That gave Fort Payne four scores that were under 80 for the day.

Jack Barker shot an 84, Preston Neeley carded an 87 and Sebastian Burt shot a 100.

Alexis Chambers continued to lead the girls team at Hampton Cove. Her score of 81 included a shot out of water without her shoes.

Fort Payne wraps up their regular-season schedule with a match at Scottsboro on Monday at the Goosepond Colony Golf Course.

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