Sometimes you give it your all and just come up short.
The Fort Payne golf team missed qualifying for the state tournament on Monday after finishing with an overall score of 314 for a sixth-place finish at the sub-state tournament in Muscle Shoals.
Only the top-two teams and top-two individuals advance to the state tournament. Briarwood Christian (293) and Harstselle (297) took home the top-two spots.
Fort Payne coach Zane Haymon said they knew the competition would be tough and it would take a big effort from the entire team to advance.
“Only two teams and two individuals can advance, and it would have been hard for us to shoot a score like that,” Haymon said. “We had just an average day and we needed to do a little better than that.”
Seventh grader Dawson Garrett was the highlight of the day for the Wildcats after finishing with a round of 73, just one stroke shy of advancing to the state tournament as an individual.
Haymon said he played a really smart round on a course that requires mental toughness.
“Dawson played great,” Haymon said. “He was two-under at one point and almost qualified. He played really smart. The course wasn’t that hard, but it was a course that required you to think a lot about your next shot. He just played the course really smart and stayed out of trouble.”
Sam Evans finished with a round of 78 and Cole Skaggs shot a 79. Harrison Davis shot an 84 and Alex Mitchell finished with a round of 86.
Haymon said it was disappointing to not advance to the state tournament, but he thought the team had a season they can be proud of.
“I’m really proud of the team,” Haymon said. “The weather was terrible early on and we didn’t get to practice as much as we wanted to, but for such a young team I thought it was a good season. We had production from the whole team. Our young guys stepped up and Cole, our veteran who we expect a lot from, had a great year. Everybody contributed.”
Skaggs, a Jacksonville State signee, finished out his successful career and Haymon said his golf career is just beginning, and he’ll have a bright future at the college level.
“He’s had a great high school career,” Haymon said. “He was on the state championship team and a state runner up as an individual. He’s been playing since his seventh grade year and he’s going to have a great career. He’s a great young man and I’m really proud of him.”
The majority of the team will be returning next season, including Garrett. Haymon said his strong finish to the year should carry over to next year.
“With him being so young and missing by that much then it should give him some momentum when next season gets started,” Haymon said.