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Quotes from Alden Davis were left out of a story that ran on the front page about the Chiefland golf team winning the district tournament last week in Gainesville. Davis sank a six-foot putt on No. 18 to lift his team to the program’s first golf district title in years, if not ever.
Davis led Oak Hall's David Hicks by five strokes heading into the final hole. CHS golf coach Dave Mitchell, toting a scorecard from the rest of the field that had already finished their 18-hole rounds, knew his team trailed Oak Hall by five shots, with one hole remaining in regulation.
"I was caught up in the moment and didn't know I was putting for our team to win," Davis said, who shot a 67 on the same course during a Premier Junior Golf Tour event earlier this year. "I just knew I needed to make the putt to finish under par. That's what I was shooting for, so that made it nerve wracking."
Davis, the team’s lone senior, talked about the importance of the win for the program. Chiefland finished with a team score of 320, led by Davis’ score of 69, which was 1-under par on the Mark Bostic Golf Course at the University of Florida.
"This was a big win for us," Davis said. "Coach told us all along that we could win district and our goal was to win district. Then the coaches had their meeting (before the tourney) and we were seeded No. 1, so they thought we were going to win it. That was a pretty big deal. And it really feels good to actually win it."