The Fort Payne High School boys’ golf team was anxious to get back on the links after a third-place finish in their opening tournament in Montgomery last weekend.
The team earned another third-place finish Saturday in the Lafayette Invitational Tournament out of 25 teams with a team score of 317.
Fort Payne finished just behind from the host team Lafayette and First Presbyterian from Macon, Georgia.
“I am continuing to be impressed with our young team,” Fort Payne head coach Nathan Wehunt said. “I was pleased with our third-place finish, but we left a lot of shots on the course. We have got to learn that when you make a mistake, don’t compound it by trying to make an impossible shot. That happened to a couple of our young guys who had their scores balloon. As a result, their scores weren’t a true indication of how well they played, but we’ll get there.”
Fort Payne freshman Harrison Davis proved that bad shots weren’t a part of his round when he recorded a 1-under par 71.
Davis’ three birdies, two bogeys and 13 pars gave him the best score of the tournament.
“Harrison was really on his game,” Wehunt said. I don’t think he hit a bad shot all day. I don’t worry about him or Dawson (Garrett). Both of them are going to be around the top of the leaderboard when matches are over.”
Garrett also played well for Fort Payne and carded a 2-over 74.
“Dawson may have played better than his score indicated,” Wehunt said. “He made three birdies, but found the woods on the first and ninth holes and had a couple putts rim out.”
Both Davis and Garrett were named the All-Tournament Team.
Dylan Evans finished with an 82, Jack Barker carded a 90 and Preston Neeley shot a 93.
Alex Mitchell returned from an injury and shot an 82. Sebastian Burt carded a 91.
The Wildcats tee off again today at Terrapin Hills Country Club against teams from Pisgah and Valley Head.
They will then travel Gadsden on Saturday for the Kickoff Classic at Twin Bridges Golf Club.