Cats are 2nd in Class 5A

The Guntersville Wildcats finished as the runner-up in the boys AHSAA Class 5A State Golf Tournament. Team members are, from left, Paul Bruce, Regan Lefeve, Trey Moore, John Martin Doyle, John Bruce and head coach Dustin Landers. State champ UMS-Wright is the only team that beat Guntersville this season. 

PRATTVILLE — UMS-Wright of Mobile, the Class 4A boys champion the last three years, moved up and claimed the 2019 AHSAA Class 5A State Golf Tournament championship at Capitol Hill’s Legislator Course.

UMS-Wright finished Monday and Tuesday’s event with a 628. Runner-up Guntersville carded a 644.

Sylacauga came in third with a 651 while Russellville placed fourth with a 660.

Guntersville stood in third place after Monday’s round, which witnessed team scores of 309 by UMS-Wright, 323 by Sylacauga, 327 by the Wildcats and 336 by Russellville.

The Wildcats improved by 10 strokes on Tuesday and closed with a 317, the best round of the day. UMS-Wright shot a 319, Russellville a 324 and Sylacauga a 328.

Individual results for Guntersville were:

Paul Bruce, 81-77—158

Trey Moore, 81-77—158

John Bruce, 83-78—161

Regan Lefeve, 82-85—167

John Martin Doyle, 94-89—183

Paul Bruce and Moore tied for fifth among the individuals.

UMS-Wright’s J.P. Cave won low medalist, shooting an even-par 72 Tuesday to close at 147. It was his second low medalist title in three years.

Citronelle’s Nathaniel King also finished strong, shooting a 1-over 73 to finish second at 153. Jasper’s Patrick Minor was tied for third with Jaceton Murray of Russellville at 156.

Guntersville won eight tournament titles and all six matches it played this season. The 5A State Tournament is the only one the Cats lost.

“I’m extremely proud of the season we had,” Guntersville head coach Dustin Landers said. “To go through the entire schedule and only have the state champions as the lone team to beat us, that is quite an accomplishment.

“Our goal was to get to the State Tournament and compete. We felt good after our practice round, but unfortunately it didn’t go as we had hoped in the first round.

“I was proud of our effort in the second round. We could have felt sorry for ourselves and given up, but we made up some ground and actually had the best score in the second round to come away with runner-up.

“Our two seniors, Trey Moore and John Martin Doyle, are moving on to play at Snead State. I wish them the best, and they will be missed.

“We have a young core with Paul Bruce, John Bruce and Regan Lefeve, so hopefully we can put ourselves in position to be here again next year.”

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