Fort Payne’s Elle Kate Patterson came up just a little short on Tuesday.
After qualifying for the sub-state golf tournament as an individual, Patterson missed moving on to regionals by just one stroke at Cypress Lakes in Muscle Shoals.
She finished with a round 79 for the day. Athens’ Michaela Williams was the top individual qualifier with a round of 73. Hartselle’s Beth Ann Conpton and Scottsboro’s Mary Margaret Green finished tied at 78 and went into a playoff for the final individual spot. Compton won the playoff and qualified.
Fort Payne girls golf coach Jamie McClung said it was disappointing for Patterson to not qualify, but she had a great season.
“She was very disappointed,” McClung said. “She had her eyes set on getting to state. But it was a big accomplishment for her. She made it last year and shot a 91, so this year she took 12 strokes off. She was close to getting birdies on a couple of holes, and she only had one bad hole where she double bogied, so she played well.”
McClung and Patterson played a practice round on Sunday and he said he could tell then she was going to perform well.
“I was very impressed with how she played the course,” McClung said. “She was very professional with her shot choices and it showed on Tuesday.”
Patterson is just a freshman so she has a big future for Fort Payne, and McClung said the team as a whole does as well.
“We expect big things from her,” McClung said. “I expect big things from out team too. We’ve got a lot coming back and I expect us to make sub-state next year as a team. We can’t just practice starting in January through the season. We’ve got to practice more in the summer and that’s what we plan on doing.”