Benjamin Russell golf coach Wes Tate knew if the Wildcats played to their abilities, they could accomplish great things. They proved him correct Tuesday when they won the Class 6A North Sub-State tournament with a score of 309.
“When we play well, we can play with anybody so I knew if we played well, we had a pretty good shot,” Tate said. “A couple of them played really well, too.”
Tate was referring specifically to Matthew Cush, who earned the low medalist honors for shooting the best score of the day. He carded a 71, finishing 1-under par. Cush helped the Wildcats edge Gulf Shores for the victory; the Dolphins turned in a 312 as a team and third-place finisher Spanish Fort finished with a 317.
“Matthew did everything well,” Tate said. “He was off the tee good; his second shot and approach shots were good. He was good around the greens, and his putting was well so he was really all-around.”
Also contributing to the win for BRHS were Jacob Scott who finished with a 75 and Sawyer Parks who turned in a 80. Kyle Mattox and Trey Shockley also competed for the Wildcats.
“They were really fired up over the win,” Tate said. “I was really proud of how they played. There were a couple who did have all their best stuff but they still battled and maybe scored better than they should have, so I was proud of them for that.”
The AHSAA Class 6A Golf Championships are Monday and Tuesday at the Robert Trent Jones course in Prattville. Tate and the Wildcats are going in with the same mentality next week they did Tuesday.
“I feel good about our work ethic and I feel good that we’re going to play well,” Tate said. “You’re not going to win it if you’re not there. We’re there, and if we can post some good scores, we’ll have a chance to do really well.”