Extra day is of little help to local boys at regional golf

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By Mike Farner

 FORT KNOX - Two trips to Fort Knox instead of one didn’t help the local golf contingent at last week’s Boys’ Region 5 Tournament at Lindsey Golf Course on the base at Fort Knox.

All three teams traveled to the course early on Tuesday morning under threatening skies. By the time the first ball was ready to be struck, torrential rains, heavy wind and lightning sent all the players to the clubhouse, a tight spot with over 100 golfers and coaches set to play that day.

There was a lot or waiting before tournament organizers finally decided to send everyone back to school at around 11 a.m. that day. The reason was not the threat of more bad weather, but because of the three inches of rain that had already fallen, making the course unplayable.

On Wednesday, all the teams returned and instead of starting on either the first or 10th holes, the event had a shot-gun start. More importantly, the players were allowed to ‘lift, clean and place’ the balls in the fairways and the sand traps were all deemed unplayable.

So, what should have been a difficult course was brought to its knees. Still, that was little consolation to the Bullitt County contingent.

The final numbers showed Elizabethtown winning the team title with a 301 total. Pleasure Ridge Park was second with a 312.

The best score the three area schools could manage was a 339 by Bullitt East which was good for sixth place out of the 15 full teams taking part. Bullitt Central edged out North Bullitt as the Cougars posted a 396 while North Bullitt had a 399.

“It was a pretty good day, but not what we hoped for,” Bullitt East head coach Kyle Downs said after the scores were posted.  “Overall, it was a good year, but we would like to be going to state.”

Bullitt East had a 12-2 record in duel matches this season and easily won the Two-County Cup trophy.

“Three of our players today shot their career lows,” Downs said.

Three of the five Bullitt East players will return next season.

The best of the local individuals was Bullitt East junior Michael Murphy with an 80. The Chargers also had an 85 by Wes Taylor, an 86 by Tyler Wood and an 88 by Dillon Sego as the scores used for the team total. Zach Taylor added an 89.

The winning individual score was a 70 by North Hardin’s Ryan Daniels. Elizabethtown’s Ben Bates had a 71. To be an individual qualifier for the state tournament took a score of 73 or better.

Bullitt Central’s scoring included an 86 by Casey Goins, a 96 by Cody Powell, a 102 by Pierce Frye and a 112 by Alex Nusz. Jake Cox posted a 124.

North Bullitt was led by Austin Reynolds with a 92 while Jared Free finished with a 97. The Eagles also got a 104 from Camden Davenport and a 106 by Justin Clayton. The fifth score was a 109 by Evan Simms.