Fort Payne hosted Scottsboro in a regular season golf meet last week and the ‘Cats from Scottsboro squeaked by with a 160-162 victory — but Fort Payne had a chance for redemption Monday and Tuesday.
Fort Payne head golf coach Zane Haymon said he couldn’t remember the last time Fort Payne had lost to Scottsboro in a regular season meet.
“I haven’t talked with anyone around here who remembers Scottsboro beating us in golf but it happened (April 14),” Haymon said. “I feel we should shoot much better than 162 at Terrapin Hills. We do it every day at practice.”
Sam Evans and Dawson Garrett were the only players to break 40. Evans was the low medalist with a 37. Garrett finished with a 39. J.B. Sandalin led Scottsboro with a 38. Harrison Davis shot a 42, Alex Mitchell finished with a 44 and Dylan Evans finished with a 47.
Fort Payne revisited Scottsboro for the Scottsboro Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, and Haymon said he was anxious to see how his team would fair against an excellent field in the two-day tourney.
After day one, the ‘Cats of Fort Payne led by three strokes.
“We were extremely pleased with the way we played Monday,” Haymon said. “But we knew we would have to play well the second day. Huntsville and Grissom, two larger classifications, were right behind us.”
The ‘Cats were being trailed by the two 7A squads Huntsville and Grissom.
Unfortunately, the ‘Cats couldn’t hold on for the lead.
“We weren’t able to hang on to the lead but our guys played hard,” Haymon said. “We were just five strokes out of the lead and three strokes out of second place.”
Huntsville’s final score was 532, Grissom’s was 534 and Fort Payne finished with 537.
“Our guys were upset because each of them realized they gave away enough strokes to win, but this will help us in the Sectional Tournament,” Haymon said.
The Sectional Tournament is the final tune up before Sectionals, which will be played next Monday.
The top three teams will advance to the Sub-State.
On Monday, Garrett led the Wildcats with a 76. Evans and Davis both finished with 79 and Mitchell fired an 80.
On Tuesday, Garrett and Evans both shot 77. Mitchell finished with an 81 and Davis shot an 85.
Garrett was named to the All-Tournament team.