The Guntersville High golf team won every regular season tournament they played in. Then in the playoffs, they won the section and substate.
Now the Wildcat golf team is the state runner-up. The state golf tournament was Monday and Tuesday at the Legislator Course at the Robert Trent Jones club in Prattville. Guntersville was in third place after the first day, but they put on the steam, outshot the field the second day and grabbed the runner-up finish.
“It’s something to be proud of, that’s for sure,” Coach Dustin Landers said. “The could have tucked their heads but they moved on, put it together and finished as runner-up.”
UMS-Wright, which had won the 4A state tournament 3 years running, won the 5A state championship this year with a team score of 628 (+52).
Guntersville was runner-up with 644 (+68). Sylacauga was 3rd at 651 (+75) and Russellville 4th with 660 (+84).
Landers said UMS-Wright is on a really good run right now, led by a University of Alabama commit.
“We were the low scoring team the second day of the tournament, but we already had too much of a gap to catch UMS-Wright,” Landers said.
Every Guntersville golfer improved his score on the second day of the tournament.
“Golf is a different deal from basketball, football or other team sports,” Landers said. “You have to find yourself at peace. If you have a bad shot or bad hole, you have to move on. We talked about that after the first day. I told them that day was over and we can’t take back any strokes. But we can be the best we can be tomorrow. The guys
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showed some fight.”
Landers said the Legislator Course is a really tough course.
“There were not a lot of low scores,” he said. “There were some high quality, long par 5’s. There were tough pin locations. Every hole was a challenge with bad spots. You couldn’t make too many mistakes.”
Landers said these were the scores for the first round and second round:
Round 1 — UMS-Wright 309, Sylacauga 323, Guntersville 327, Russellville 336
Round 2 — Guntersville 317, UMS-Wright 319, Russellville 324, Sylacauga 328
Guntersville’s individual scores were:
Round 1 — Paul Bruce 81, Trey Moore 81, Regan Lefeve 82, John Bruce 83, John Martin Doyle 94
Round 2 — Paul Bruce 77, Trey Moore 77, John Bruce 78, Regan Lefeve 85, John Martin Doyle 89
The team’s 2 seniors, Trey Moore and John Martin Doyle, will both play golf at Snead State Community College next season.
“It’s a good opportunity for them,” Landers said. “They will get the opportunity to play golf and get an education and they will get to travel all over the Southeast playing golf. I think a few Snead guys made it to nationals last year.”
Guntersville will return 3 of its top 5 golfers, a good nucleus for the Wildcats to maybe make another special run next year.
Paul Bruce is a sophomore. John Bruce and Reagan Lefeve are sophomores.
Guntersville won 8 tournament championships for the season out of 9 tournaments played. Here’s the list:
Patriot Invitational at The Ledges Golf Course, Madison
Chick-fil-A Invitational at Gunters Landing Golf Course, Guntersville
James Clemens Metro Tournament at Canebrake Golf Course, Athens
Bert McGriff Tournament at Terri Pines Country Club, Cullman
Arab Invitational at Eagles Nest State Park, Guntersville
Marshall County Tournament at Eagles Nest State Park, Guntersville
5A Sectionals at Gunters Landing Golf Course, Guntersville
5A Sub-State at Eagles Nest State Park, Guntersville