A strong outing from Paul and John Paul Bruce propelled the Guntersville Wildcats to win the sub-state golf championship last week in Gadsden.
On May 3 and 4, the Wildcats were able to shoot 300 as a team at Twin Bridges in Gadsden and win the tournament. Boaz finished second with a score of 345. Paul Bruce was the low medalist for the tournament with a score of 69. John Bruce finished second overall with a score of 73.
Guntersville traveled to Mobile on Monday to begin the Class 5A state tournament at Magnolia Grove Golf Course. The Wildcats faced UMS-Wright, Rehobeth and Boaz in the tournament.
All the teams had to deal with some bad weather on Monday. Guntersville golf coach Dustin Landers said on Monday that the goal was to get just enough holes in to declare a state champ.
“The state requires that you get at least nine holes played in order to declare a state champion,” he said. “We got delayed Monday and were hoping for a big enough window to get as many holes as possible in.”
Guntersville went into the state tournament with the Bruce brothers as the anchors to the team. Both have either been the low medalist or second overall in every match this season. Landers said their play has been strong but it’s the players behind them who have helped the team stay consistent.
“Our guys at numbers 3, 4 and 5 have really come on strong throughout the whole season,” he said. “Regan Lefeve has played well as No. 3 all season long. Then Jac Conway and Brett Barwick have played well, too. There’s been good competition within the team all season long. That really helps when you have guys pushing one another to get better.”
Landers said the team’s attitude going into the state tournament was one of confidence and focus.
“I told the guys going into it, if we play to our best capability, we’ve got a good chance of winning the tournament,” he said. “Obviously, John and Paul are our two strongest players but you’ve got to have great rounds from your No. 4 and 5 if you’re going to win a state title. They’ve got the ability to win it. It’s just a matter of putting it all together over two days.”