Chargers beat the darkness to regain Two-County Cup title

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - There are often times that golf is called a ‘game of inches.’

On Wednesday night at the end of the Two-County Cup Tournament at Heritage Hill Golf Course, local golf was more like a ‘game of minutes.’ As in a few more minutes and no one could have seen the ball, the cup or the other players.

As the days grow shorter, golf matches starting at a time that a team as far away as Spencer County can arrive after school, are pushing to end before darkness. That was certainly the case on Wednesday.

Still, the conditions didn’t bother Bullitt East. Coach Kyle Downs’ team reclaimed the Two-County Cup Trophy which pretty also pretty much represents the Bullitt County champion for 2011. The trophy went to North Bullitt last year after a lengthy stay with the Chargers.

The Two-County Cup event was a two-day event this year with the three Bullitt County schools joining Spencer County for an overall point championship. The four teams played a two-man best ball format on Tuesday at Tanglewood Golf Course in Taylorsville before playing at Heritage Hill on Wednesday with each team using six players in foursomes. The top player in each foursome earned four points and on down the list based on their stroke total. 

After the play at Tanglewood, Bullitt East held only a 1.5 point lead over both Bullitt Central and Spencer County. The Chargers then dominated play on their home course, finishing with 32.5 points while Bullitt Central and Spencer County had 19.5 points. North Bullitt collected 16.5 points.

Bullitt East won five of the six foursomes and tied for the top spot in the other.

The members of the winning Bullitt East team were Jake Wilson, Andrew Harris, Michael Murphy, Matt Murphy, Morgan Hilbert and Tyler Wood.

Regional Play Monday

The boys’ Region 5 tournament will be played on Monday at Heritage Hill. This is the first time that the course off Cedar Grove road has hosted a post-season high school event.

The top-rated public course in Kentucky should be a challenge for the high school players. There are times when regional tournament team winners can shoot around 300. Downs figures the winning team score will be closer to 320.

The top two teams on Monday and the next three best individual scores not on those two teams will advance to the Kentucky State Tournament next week in Bowling Green.

Downs figures as many as eight teams, including his own, could get one of those two critical spots. The BE coach also looks for DeSales, Elizabethtown, Butler, Central Hardin, North Hardin, Pleasure Ridge Park and Meade County to battle for the team win.

Girls’ on Tuesday

Heritage Hill will also be the site of the Girls’ 3rd Region Tournament on Tuesday.

Bullitt East finished second to Central Hardin last year, advancing to the state tournament for the first time. Coach Andy Oder’s team might have trouble catching Central Hardin again this season, but they should be in a tight race with Grayson County for the second overall spot.

Play on both days will start at 8:30 a.m. Depending on if there are any play-offs, the events should end in the late afternoon. Both tourneys are open to the public and there is no admission charge.