Geraldine’s Logan Forrester and Fort Payne’s Elle Kate Patterson capped off their phenomenal seasons with top-10 finishes at the AHSAA State Golf Championships.
Forrester competed with 23 of the best golfers in the state and played consistently through both rounds at the Hampton Cove Highlands Course in Owens Cross Roads.
Monday’s opening round saw Forrester shoot an 82 which was highlighted by a birdie on the sixth hole and 10 pars on the par 72 course. Logan carded a five over 41 on both the front and back nine for the round.
Tuesday’s final round was a difficult one for Forrester at the start. He double-bogeyed the first hole, then followed up with three straight pars before shooting a possibly devastating quadruple-bogey 8 on the fifth hole. Geraldine Golf Coach Jeremy Smith says Tuesday’s start was not ideal. “Logan played pretty well on Monday, then got off to a rough start on Tuesday. He shot a 44 on the front nine Tuesday, but then fought back with a two over 38 on the back.”
That performance on Tuesday’s back nine is what cemented Forrester with his tenth-place finish in the class 3A division. He started off strong with a birdie on the 10th hole. Logan parred six times in the remaining eight holes to card another round of 82.
“I think it’s great he was in the top 10,” said Coach Smith. “I hope he uses this experience as motivation for next year.”
Fort Payne’s Elle Kate Patterson finished tied with two other golfers for ninth in the Girls 6A-7A Championship with an overall score of +11. They also played at Hampton Cove Highlands Course.
The Sophomore’s first round was one of the best in her division. Only four others in the group of 19 state qualifiers carded a better round than Patterson’s two over 74 on Monday. She shot even par on the front nine before running into trouble on the back. Patterson bogeyed the 12th, 13th and 14th, but she recovered shooting birdies on the 15th and 17th. After the opening round, Patterson found herself tied for fifth on the leaderboard.
Fort Payne golf coach, and Elle Kate’s father, Kenneth Patterson said he loved what he saw in the opening round.
“She had almost no mistakes in that first round,” said Patterson. “She had plenty of birdie opportunities but just couldn’t get any to drop. That may be the only thing that could’ve made her first round better.”
Tuesday’s final round was going well before Elle Kate shot a quadruple-bogey 8 on the sixth hole. She followed that up with a birdie on the seventh hole and carded a five over 41 on the front nine. Patterson then parred five straight to kick off the back nine before shooting +4 on the final four holes to finish with a 40 on the back nine and an 81 for the day.
“Her game did start to fall apart a bit towards the end of the second round. We could tell she was getting a little emotional and she knew she could’ve finished stronger,” said Patterson. ”She still had an awesome year and we’re all very proud of her for what she’s accomplished.”