The Fort Payne Wildcats’ golf team came extremely close to advancing to the state finals, but came up short with a third-place finish in the Sub-State round at Cypress Lakes Golf Club in Muscle Shoals.

“We thought coming into the tournament that we would need to beat Hartselle,” Fort Payne head coach Nathan Wehunt said.  “Playing on their home course, we knew Muscle Shoals would be tough. We thought if we could finish ahead of Hartselle we had a great opportunity to make the finals.”

A top-two finish would have advanced the Wildcats and Fort Payne’s score of 309 did finish three strokes ahead of Hartselle, but Northview slipped by shooting 305 to claim second place behind Muscle Shoals.

“We checked Northridge’s scores and they were up and down all year,” Wehunt said.  “Unfortunately for us, this was their day.  We posted our second best score of the year so I can’t be disappointed in our team.”

Freshman Dylan Evans saved his best round for last by firing a career-best 72 to lead the Wildcats.

Evans’ 72 tied Hartselle’s Ross Napier and Brookwood’s Thomas Cadell for low medalist, forcing a playoff between the trio.

All three parred the first playoff hole before Cadell sank a 25-foot putt on the next hole to win the playoff.

Harrison Davis finished a stroke from joining Evans in the playoff with a 73 and Dawson Garrett carded a 79.

Senior Alex Mitchell scored 85 in his final round with the Wildcats and Jack Barker shot a 94.

Mitchell and fellow senior Preston Neeley will be missed from this year’s squad, but the Wildcats will return the rest of their roster and and aim for another push toward a state championship next season. 

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