The Fort Payne boys golf team traveled to Cullman Thursday for a tri-match with Cullman and Pinson Valley and came away with a win.
The Wildcats finished with an overall score of 161. Cullman was second with a 166 and Pinson Valley finished with a 173.
“It wasn’t one of our better performances of the year, but it was a win and I am proud of all of the guys for that,” said Coach Zane Haymon. “I started three seventh graders, and I doubt if any team in our section could get away with that. I was really proud of Sam Evans who finished one under par. He has been sick all season, but he’s feeling better now. Cole Skaggs struggled on a couple of holes, but I am not worried about him. He’ll be there at the end when we need him.”
Skaggs and seventh grader Dawson Garrett were four over. The other seventh graders Harrison Davis and Dylan Evans, making his first start, finished six over.
“I was glad to see Dylan play well,” Haymon said. “It was his first start as a high school player and he played well. He’s going to get better and better. Harrison’s problem has been the short game but he did much better today. You can never have enough depth on the team.
“Cullman and Pinson Valley are both Sectional opponents, so it’s always good to win those type matches.”
The girls team also picked up a tri-match win against Cullman and Guntersville.
Elle Kate Patterson had the low with a round of 40. Alexis Chambers and Ashley Barkley both had rounds of 47.
The win makes the Lady Wildcats 5-0 in match play this season.
The boys team will now travel to Hampton Cove Monday for the Huntsville Invitational. This is one of the largest tournaments in North Alabama.
Fort Payne will see most of their sectional opponents and Haymon said it should give the team a good indication of where they stand.
“We should really have an idea where we stand in the Section after Monday,” Haymon said.
The tournament will tee off at 8 a.m. Fort Payne shot a 297 last year and is the defending champion.