Fort Payne all-state golfers Dawson Garrett and Harrison Davis proved their merit at Silver Lakes Golf Course in Glencoe Monday.
Both fired season-low 68s to lead Fort Payne past 18 other teams, including regional competitors Hartselle and Homewood.
In addition to Garrett and Harrison’s low scores, Dylan Evans and Jack Barker both shot 78 and Brady Moses shot 82. Devin Gillam, playing as an individual shot 103.
Garrett birdied four of the last five holes to record his 4-under.
“I just started making putts,” Garrett said. “I hit the ball well early, but was hitting greens on the wrong side. I was able to make some chips and save my match. Then I started knocking in putts to finish strong. That’s one of those matches where you hate to see it end.”
On the other end, Davis started strong, stumbled in the middle and finished strong.
“I hit every green on the front nine and made 3 birdie putts,” Davis said. “I could have easily made 4 or 5 more putts. Finishing 3-under par after nine felt good, but I starting missing five and 6-foot putts. I’m pleased with a 68. That’s the first time Dawson and I have both shot that low in the same round.”
Dylan Evans had trouble hitting fairways and was forced to scramble.
“On the front nine it seemed like every drive was in trouble,” Evans said. “I had a couple bogeys and two double-bogeys. Then on the back nine I found my swing and went birdie, birdie. I’ve got to do better next week in the sectionals.”
“I was 8-over par after 7 holes and thought I was headed for a big number,” Jack Barker said about his round. “I got my swing fixed and really had a good back nine. I finished 2-under on the last three holes and recorded five birdies on the back nine. It really felt good to finish that strong and hit my lowest score ever.”
Newcomer Brady Moses started with seven bogies then recorded a birdie and bogie.
“I haven’t been playing golf that long but those greens were the fastest I have ever seen,” Moses said. “I was pleased overall with the 82 because I know I could have done better.”
Devin Gillam, playing in his first high school tournament shot a 103.
“It was a lot of fun out there,” Gilliam said. “I was really nervous when I started, but the longer I played, the better I got. I would have liked to play those first few holes over.”
The team will open Sectional play today at Athens. The top four teams advance to the Sub-State.